Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why community solar is becoming big business | GreenBiz

What is community solar?

At the most basic level, the term refers to a renewably powered energy system that benefits multiple members of a community — a middle ground between individual rooftop installations and utility-scale solar arrays.

But who owns the panels, who can claim the financial or environmental benefits of the project, and how big and how far away from the end user can a community solar system ultimately be?

"It means a lot of different things to different people," said Amit Ronen, a professor of public policy at George Washington University and director of the GW Solar Institute. "It boils down a lot of times to this fight between utility-scale solar and distributed solar."

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