States and utilities across the country are exploring shared renewables as an additional pathway to connect consumers at the community-wide scale with the clean energy they want. Because the model is still relatively new, states, utilities, and organizations like Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) are testing different policy paths to help their consumers plug into shared solar.
As with single- and multifamily solar programs, shared solar compensation and finance mechanisms should enable broad community participation and have additional provisions to reduce barriers and increase benefits for low-income consumers. Strong programs will adhere to the Guiding Principles.
Learn more about opportunities, challenges, and statewide best practices for low-income community solar programs here.