Solar and other renewable resources are delivering tremendous benefits across the country, but the traditional panels-on-your-roof approach to solar simply doesn't work for a majority of Americans. Families and businesses that rent, those with low credit scores and those with shaded rooftops face barriers to participation. Well-designed shared renewable energy programs can connect these Americans with the clean energy they want for the first time. Whether or not they own a suitable rooftop themselves, consumers would be able to subscribe to a local clean energy project and recieve credit on their utility bills for their portion of the clean power produced. That's powerful.
As with the rest of our electricity market, policy plays a key role in enabling shared solar growth. While policy specifics may vary state to state, they should all achieve these four guiding principles:
Resources for developing shared renewables projects:
Guidelines for designing shared renewables policy:
Overview of the U.S. shared renewables market & opportunity: