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A Guide to Community Shared Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development

The information in this guide is organized around three sponsorship models: utility-sponsored projects, projects sponsored by special purpose entities – businesses formed for the purpose of producing community solar power, and non-profit sponsored projects. The guide addresses issues common to all project models, as well as issues unique to each model.

Related Criteria

  • U-5: Launch and support a utility-provided community solar program.
  • CE-4a: Support or host a community-wide group purchase program (e.g., Solarize). Program must have occurred within the last 5 years.
  • U-5b: Encourage low-to-moderate income (LMI) participation in utility-provided community solar program through program design and/or financing support options.
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