NewEnergyNews: ORIGINAL REPORTING: How To Build The Best Community Solar Projects

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    ORIGINAL REPORTING: How To Build The Best Community Solar Projects

    The new guide to the community solar galaxy; A new policy guide outlines the five best practices for community solar stakeholders

    Herman K. Trabish, Dec. 15, 2016 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: Community solar developers continue to make slow, steady progress toward the ideal support policies.

    There is a reason everybody loves community solar but not many are building it. While 15 states and the District of Columbia have policies to support community solar, each policy is structured differently and many, when put into practice, have not driven growth. As a result, only five states have active markets. To rectify this, experienced developers in the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) put together a policy matrix that aims to help policymakers design community solar programs.

    Despite the shortcomings of existing policies, the sector has grown from a few projects before 2010 to more than 111 projects representing an estimated 314 MW across at least 26 states according to the CCSA. By 2020, GTM reports the sector could have an installed capacity of over 1.8 GW. The CCSA’s new policy matrix offers a guide to navigating the details of policy and produce a successful community solar program. The matrix divides community solar policy into five basic categories: program structure, compensation, consumer participation, project characteristics, and low-to-moderate Income (LMI) considerations… click here for more

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