Obama Administration Creates Community Solar Partnership

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Community solar was recently backed by the Obama Administration when it announced a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans. The new National Community Solar Partnership was part of that announcement.

In this podcast, Cory Honeyman, senior analyst at GTM Research, says that over the next five years,  the U.S. community solar market will add 1.8 GW, compared to just 66 MW installed through the end of 2014.  GTM Research expects community solar to grow at a 59 percent compound annual growth rate between 2014 and 2020.

The National Community Solar Partnership aims to provide access to solar for the nearly 50 percent of households and business that are renters or do not have adequate roof space to install solar systems. The partnership issued a guide that addresses programs design questions and explains how shared solar policies work in conjunction with other policies.

Among the partners are the U.S.  Department of Energy  in collaboration with HUD, the U.S. Department of Agriculture , the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency, representatives from solar companies, NGOs, and state and community leaders.

“The partnership will leverage the interest in the public and private sector to expand access to community solar, in particular, for low- and moderate- income communities, while utilizing the technical expertise of DOE and the National Laboratories,” according to materials from the DOE.

Partners include:

  • BARC Electric Cooperative
  • Black Rock Solar
  • State of California
  • Clean Energy Collective
  • Citi
  • Colorado State Energy Office
  • District of Columbia Department of the Environment
  • First Solar, Inc.
  • Grand Valley Power
  • Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
  • GRID Alternatives
  • Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
  • National League of Cities
  • State of New York
  • RE-volv
  • Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Solar Electric Power Association
  • Spear Point Energy
  • SunShare
  • The Solar Foundation
  • Vermont Public Service Department
  • Vote Solar    

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