Report: Expanding Solar Access Through Utility-led Community Solar

Report: Expanding Solar Access Through Utility-led Community Solar

  • Tracks the growth of utility-led community solar projects between 2012-2014
  • Provides recommendations for the design and structure of a community solar program
  • Showcases notable community solar programs

Community Solar Growth Expands Across the U.S.

Utilities across the United States are taking a leading role in the spread of community solar projects aimed at expanding access to clean power for customers who, for a variety of reasons, may not want or be able to install solar panels on their roofs. Community solar projects provide a compelling and increasingly popular way to increase the amount of solar power on the grid. To build on existing research and gain greater insight into individual programs, the Smart Electric Power Alliance* (SEPA) conducted a survey covering community solar programs that utilities have developed and made available to their customers.

What’s in the Report?

This report showcases notable utility community solar programs identified as either active or planned. Through examples of community solar offerings, the report discusses observed trends in program design and participation levels. The report also includes considerations for program design structures.

*formerly Solar Electric Power Association