Community Solar: Why it’s Not Too Good to Be True
Being able to choose clean, locally produced power while also saving money sounds too good to be true. But community solar is giving residents of more and more states a way to vote with their dollar for greener power that supports their local economy.
Community Solar – What is it?
- Community solar, or shared solar, is defined by the Department of Energy Resources as a project that allows “…multiple participants benefit directly from the energy produced by one solar array. “
- It’s a way to make the benefits of solar accessible to those who can’t install rooftop solar themselves.
Community Solar Farms: A New Solar Solution
- Only twenty percent of the people who would like to go solar have been able to.
- Massachusetts has a Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 which aims for a twenty five percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
- This Plan also aims to make the state more energy independent since it lacks other types of energy resources.
- Even if everyone who could do rooftop solar did, we wouldn’t be on track for the clean energy targets we have.
- The Department of Energy and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources both have programs in place to encourage the development of more community solar farms.
- It’s a win-win: solar farms generate jobs, increase energy independence, offset pollution, and provide savings to residents.
That Sounds Great, But What’s the Investment?
There’s no cost to join a community solar farm – you will see savings on day one. Financial obstacles are a major barrier to rooftop solar – many people pay their electric bills every month, and would like a cleaner option, but don’t have the capital to put panels on their roof. Community Solar programs are designed to make solar more accessible.
Be Part of the Solution
Join a Community Solar Farm. Fight Climate Change.
Help Make the Electric Grid More Resilient.
Ready to go Community Solar?
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