This is it: everything you need to know about the locally-driven community solar model that’s bringing clean energy to millions of Americans for the first time. After over 100 years of fossil fuel emissions from distant power plants, Americans are taking control of their energy. They want it to be more local, more affordable, more
Depending on where you live, you may not be able to do both–so decisions must be made. Here’s how they stack up. If you clicked on this article, you’re probably already familiar with the many benefits of solar energy–to both our economy and environment–and the ever-growing need to switch to clean energy. I won’t preach
A version of this post originally appeared on Solar Power World. Despite the threat from tariffs, data from the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA) shows community solar capacity has astoundingly doubled to 730 MW in 2017. As of today, community shared solar is available across 42 states, yet you will find that contract terms vary
We’re really excited about community solar, and we’re not the only ones. Seven years ago, community solar was barely a blip on anyone’s radar in America. It was an idea built on encouraging premises–good for the planet, good for communities, and, given falling renewable energy costs, good for business–but hardly any projects had actually been
If you had the chance to save ten percent on energy month after month, what would you think? What could you do with that money? We break down the numbers so you can make a decision for yourself. You see an advertisement for a community solar garden that will save you 10 percent on your
We see it every day in our work: organizations are discovering the value in community solar. Whether they work at corporations or national or community-based businesses, leaders are taking advantage of community solar to accomplish their goals. It may seem obvious, but sometimes, with all the talk of solving large-scale issues like climate change and
Many people are initially concerned about getting just the right amount of community solar to offset their energy usage. So, what if you do need to use more electricity? Less? Will that affect your savings? Let’s break it down. Regardless of what you’re signing up for, opting into a contract can be a difficult decision.
I embarked on a journey to understand the impact of community solar on farmlands. Today, I’m breaking down all my unbiased learnings for you. Okay, let’s address the 13,000-pound elephant in the community solar industry: I’ll be real: this isn’t the first time that someone has brought this up. It’s a fair point, and it
In a year when the threat of tariffs hung over the solar industry and growth was mostly flat, community solar capacity more than doubled to 730 MW (enough to power approximately 120,000 households). But where are all of these solar gardens going in, and which community solar state is the most promising in 2018?
With cities growing, global economies expanding, and standards of living getting higher in countries around the world, one thing has become clear: the best way to ensure that energy infrastructure can support our needs is by building small, sustainable, and distributed energy resources. Much of our existing energy infrastructure consists of huge, centralized power plants, that