Striking the Balance: Allocating Community Solar Costs and Benefits
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Striking the Balance: Allocating Community Solar Costs and Benefits

  • 5 ways utilities avoid impacting non-participants when developing community solar
  • 6 community solar programs examined and compared from investor-owned and cooperative utilities
  • Recommendations from the California Office of Ratepayer Advocates to avoid impacting non-participant ratepayers
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How utilities can prevent community solar from affecting non-participating customers

Customer demand for community solar is strong and growing, allowing all ratepayers to access the benefits of solar energy resources. However, non-participating ratepayers shouldn’t be negatively affected by these programs. That means customers who don’t enroll shouldn’t be paying for direct or indirect costs, the latter being particularly difficult to address.

Download this report to learn five ways utilities can prevent community solar programs from affecting non-participating customers, or cross-subsidization. SEPA interviewed six utilities to develop these key solutions and their success in program development and scalability.

What’s in the report:

  • 5 key solutions developed from utility interviews to prevent non-participant impacts from community solar programs
  • Recommendations from the California Office of Ratepayer Advocates to avoid affecting non-participant customers
  • Community solar program summaries and comparison tables
  • Community solar program key details including percent subscribed, key terms and conditions, program targets, and more

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