Design choices and equity implications of community shared solar

Gabriel A Chan, Isaac Evans, Matthew Grimley, Ben Ihde, Poulomi Mazumder

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Abstract

What is the best way to deploy solar energy to maximize clean energy growth while equitably sharing benefits? A promising model is community shared solar, which enables energy consumers to purchase shares of electricity generated in an offsite project. Noting how different states and utilities have approached program design, we explore how design decisions affect access to solar and the equity of cost and benefit sharing. We conclude with a set of questions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalElectricity Journal
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Community solar
  • Energy policy
  • Net energy metering
  • Renewable energy
  • Shared solar
  • Solar
  • Utility business model

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