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US Community Solar Guide Released By SEIA & CCSA

Community solar continues to grow, as solar becomes more and more popular and solar prices continue dropping.

Recognizing this upsurge in community solar, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), along with the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) recently released The Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar.


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This collaborative effort gives customers the lowdown on community solar basics, including answering very important questions in order go solar.

Unlike standard home or utility-scale solar projects, community solar offers local people the chance to come together for an opportunity to invest and share the benefits of local solar projects.

Community solar provides great possibilities for those who could not partake in other solar projects. These include apartment dwellers, condominium owners, and lower-income consumers.

At the end of 2015, 94 MW of community solar were installed in the United States, while 173 MW will be installed in 2016. Analysts predict that, by 2020, 500 MW of community solar will be in place.

Interim SEIA president Tom Kimbis said this guide empowers customers in providing them the best information necessary to plan and leverage community solar.

“At CCSA, our mission is to help foster ‘solar for all’ meaning that we want to make it possible for the majority of Americans who don’t have access to solar power to directly participate in and benefit from this clean, renewable American resource,” said CCSA Executive Director Jeff Cramer.

“This new consumer guide should help American consumers take the next step towards solar independence and we appreciate SEIA’s leadership in developing it,” Cramer added.

Overall, this guide is excellent for giving concise and necessary information to consumers to make very informed decisions. Both SEIA and CCSA did their homework in this effort. I appreciate them explaining key solar financing terms, especially the investment solar tax credit and renewable energy certificates and how they fit in here.

Here is hoping this guide will continue to spread the word of community solar to the masses.

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