Sarah Mazze from Oregon aasked to pass this along. Her site is quite helpful for those in Oregon, and she hopes to grow the model to other states.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Community solar holds great potential for increasing investment in solar by customers who cannot host a system onsite. So called "solar gardens" allow for participation in collectively owned system and provide payments for the electricity generated by the system. But creating a community solar program requires specialized business, legal, and technical knowledge that can present new barriers for implementation.
The beta version of the online Community Solar Tool, found at http://communitysolar.dyndns.org, sheds light on these obstacles to widespread growth of community solar. The tool is designed to support users in making realistic decisions based on individual community needs and specifications. To our knowledge, this is the first online tool of its kind, specifically geared to communities that are unsure if they have the capacity to start a solar project.
Join members of the project development team from The Resource Innovation Group and the University of Oregon for a preview of the Community Solar Tool and to learn more about applicability of the tool in Oregon and nationwide.
Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC http://www.solarpanelhosting.com