It sounds great right? “Community Solar” – two powerful words that get solar enthusiasts excited; but what does it mean? It turns out it means different things to different people. The Department of Energy (DOE) commissioned a report last May to dissect the various models and designs for community solar as Community Solar has transitioned dramatically over the past few years.
Previously, Community Solar was linked directly with the Solar co-op model where groups of individuals get together to lower equipment costs. As exemplified by One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), a business initially designed as a mass solar co-op. They are shifting their model to a brokering service, and the co-op model is shifting to become Community Solar.
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