While a number of local residents, businesses and institutions have installed solar panels on their roofs or elsewhere to reduce electrical costs and CO2 emissions, many others do not have the correct roof orientation or size required.
In addition, because a number of
business and residential properties are rented, the occupants do not
have the solar panel option.
And finally, because many
properties benefit from tall, shading trees that provide cooling and
temperature moderation during the warm months, they are not suitable for
But there are alternatives. One is solar panel
farms, an arrangement in which families, neighbors or communities share
the installation costs, or investment, and share the profits from
generating electricity for the grid. These arrays can be placed on
parking lots, buildings or non-arable or “gray” lands. The advantage of
this approach is that it accepts capital from investors, and provides
credit for the output as well as tax benefits to investors, be they
private groups or communal ones.
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