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Community Energy Is On The Rise

States across the country are exploring shared renewables as an additional pathway to connect even more consumers with the clean energy they want. Because the model is still relatively new, states are testing different policy paths to help their consumers plug into shared solar. While policy specifics may vary state to state, they should all achieve these four guiding principles:

  1. Shared renewables programs should expand access to a broader group of energy consumers.
  2. Participants in a shared renewables program should receive tangible economic benefits on their utility bills.
  3. Shared renewables policies should be flexible enough to allow for different contract models to meet different consumers’ preferences, such as an up-front payment model or a leasing agreement.
  4. Finally, shared renewables policy should be additive to existing renewable energy programs, not undermine them. 

Read our case studies to see how different states are successfully advancing shared renewables.