When San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) began exploring the possibility of developing new solar energy programs, it found that fewer than 30 percent of its customers were able to take advantage of rooftop solar energy systems because they did not own a home, could not afford a solar energy system, or simply did not have the ability to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roof because of structural or shading issues.
The first program is a community solar pilot program called "Share the Sun." Under this program, SDG&E will partner with solar developers to offer 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power capacity for subscription. SDG&E customers who participate in the program will purchase a share of the facilities' production capacity, and receive a bill credit for the value of the power produced.
Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC http://www.solarpanelhosting.com