Community solar: get solar without the panels

Darcy Hitchcock

Putting solar panels on your house is great, if you can afford it. But what if you rent, or the roof faces the wrong direction, or your house is in the trees? Community solar is an elegant and more equitable solution.

One of the largest expenses for a household array is the inverter (which converts DC to AC, direct to alternating current) so there are efficiencies to having a larger array serving multiple households in the community with one inverter than each household buying their own.

What is community solar

Here’s a simple example. Your neighborhood school or church has lots of roof but no budget for a solar array. With community solar, households and local businesses can sign up to get a portion of electricity from an array that is put on the building by a developer.

At the end of last year, 39 states and Washington, D.C., had…

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