Net metering is a common distributed renewable energy policy in the United States, allowing individuals to "turn back" their meter (and reduce their electric bill) by generating on-site electricity. But utility accounting systems typically prevent people from sharing the output from a single, common "community" solar or wind project.
Virtual (or group or neighborhood) net metering is the solution.
Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC http://www.solarpanelhosting.com