I recently had a chance to visit the DOE Solar Energy Technologies office in Washington, D.C. Community shared solar is now taking its place alongside rooftop and utility scale solar in the SunShot Initiative's efforts to reduce costs and speed deployment of solar energy. The stated goal is to increase deployment of these mid-scale arrays by a factor of 100 by 2020! This is an excellent opportunity for solar garden advocates who will be attending the Solar Power International conference in Chicago this year.
Here is the official announcement:
The SunShot Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy will host a full-day workshop on shared and community solar on October 21, 2013 in Chicago, IL. The Shared and Community Solar: Getting to Scale workshop will be an opportunity to highlight innovative and emerging business models for solar deployment in the United States. The SunShot Initiative is a national challenge to realize solar electricity at grid parity by the year 2020 by targeting existing technical and market barriers. Shared and community solar models have the potential to reduce the cost of solar and enable rapid, widespread deployment by expanding the solar market, harnessing economies of scale, and presenting opportunities for innovation. The purpose of this meeting is to identify systematic approaches to enable community and shared solar to scale rapidly from the approximately 50 MW deployed today to 5 GW deployed by the end of the decade. This workshop will bring together a diverse set of stakeholders to provide insight into existing shared and community solar efforts and opportunities. We aim to identify innovative solutions, categorize remaining barriers, and discuss opportunities for collaboration among stakeholder groups. The workshop dialogue will be summarized into a report that will be released publicly on the SunShot website.
If you are interested in participating, please email Anna.Brockway@ee.doe.gov by September 20 with your name, affiliation, contact information, and a few sentences describing your interest in this area. Please note that space is limited, so not all requests may be accommodated.