Category Archives: Community Solar

Articles & advice about community solar power, community solar gardens & shared renewable energy plants.

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Pros and cons of community solar

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Community solar is an enticing option for those looking to take advantage of solar energy without installing a system on their own property. As with any energy choice, there are pros and cons to participating in a community solar program. In this article, we’ll dive into some of the primary benefits and potential downsides of community solar, as well as explaining how best to keep them in mind as you compare your options.

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New York community solar: everything you need to know

Reading Time: 4 minutesNew York has one of the most active community solar markets in the country. Curious about what’s driving community solar’s growth in the Empire State? Or are you wondering about community solar in general? Below we provide an overview of community solar and the incentives available in New York. Then, we’ll give you some tips on how to find a project that’s right for you.

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Arcadia Power community solar program review

Reading Time: 3 minutesCommunity solar provides access to solar for residential electric customers who otherwise would not be able to install solar panels on their property. To date, though, community solar has not seen the same levels of adoption as residential rooftop solar. We conducted a Q&A with Arcadia Power to learn more about how their new community solar offering helps lower barriers to participation. 

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Sharing the sun: Community solar gardens taking off around US

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With strong government incentives and falling equipment costs, going solar has never made more financial sense on such a broad scale. Testament to this is the tremendous increase of the number of American homes & businesses with solar panels on their roofs in recent years. But at the same time, not everyone has a roof of their own, and even those who do might have one that is shaded or otherwise unsuitable for solar. Community-owned solar projects – sometimes called community solar gardens, or shared solar farms – promise a way for the roofless and ‘roof-impaired’ to go solar. Continue reading

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Top Community Solar States: Minnesota vs California, Massachusetts Colorado Community Solar

Reading Time: 5 minutesCommunity solar – the concept of leasing or owning a share of a large solar array rather than having a personal solar installation on your rooftop – continues to gain popularity across the continental United States. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), there will be a 1.8 gigawatt (GW) increase in installed photovoltaics from community solar arrays over the next five years.  Minnesota, Colorado and California – the undisputed best states for community solar – will drive the majority of that growth. You might wonder, why are these states so ideal for roofless solar compared to the 47 others in the U.S.? Here’s how these community solar leaders rose to the top.

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Massachusetts community solar: everything you need to know

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Community solar has gained traction recently, and is a great way to go solar without having to install panels on your property. When you participate in a community solar project, you can get clean energy to your home. In the state of Massachusetts, there are several options for homeowners looking to get involved in a community solar project.

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NRG Community Solar: the complete review

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(Update: As of late 2018, NRG Community Solar operates independently under Clearway Energy.)

NRG Energy is one of the biggest builders of solar energy systems in the United States, including utility-scale, commercial, and home solar. In 2015, the company began building community solar farms for homes and businesses in the United States. In EnergySage’s NRG community solar review below, learn how it works, what NRG is offering, and whether community solar is the right option for you.

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Are Community Solar Gardens Right For You?

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Community solar gardens, also known as “roofless solar,” “shared solar,” or simply “community solar”, are one of this year’s most exciting solar developments. While solar gardens are only available in certain areas, many states are considering regulations that will enable community shared solar options across the country. Homeowners, businesses and utilities are all excited about solar gardens, because you can support a specific solar project and see noticeable electric bill savings without hosting solar panels on your own property.

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Community Solar: How to Go Solar Without Rooftop Panels

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Solar adoption is surging across the U.S., and it isn’t just limited to rooftop solar. The newest innovation in the solar industry: community solar, which offers many of the benefits of a home solar energy system without the need to install solar panels on your roof. To understand whether community solar is right for you, you’ll need to learn about the process and technology, when you should consider it, and how you can find local community solar projects near you.  Continue reading