Community Solar: Join Your Neighbors in Fighting Climate Change
Apr 5, 2019
Community solar is empowering people to do something about climate change—together.
The majority of Americans recognize the benefits of clean energy. But, unfortunately, 75 percent of households in the U.S. are not able to put solar panels on their property—either because they rent their property or because their property isn’t suitable for solar panels.
A welcome solution is a community solar farm, also called a shared solar project or solar garden. These neighborhood solar installations allow subscribers to support the development of clean energy to generate electricity—instead of each person having to install and maintain solar panels on their own rooftop.
Community solar is on the rise with no signs of slowing down, as consumer demand for renewable energy grows across the U.S. In fact, it’s the fastest-growing sector of the solar industry. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that in the next decade, community solar will account for between 32 and 49 percent of solar arrays.
40 states have at least one community solar project in operation, and 19 states have legislation and programs to encourage shared solar projects. Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York, and Colorado are currently leading the nation in community solar installations. Minnesota in particular installed half of all the community solar installations built in the U.S. in 2018, and its community solar program is considered a model for other states.
CleanChoice Energy currently offers community solar to residents in Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C., with new projects becoming available soon in other states.
If a community solar farm is not yet available in your area, you can still access clean, 100% pollution-free energy that's sourced from solar and wind farms in your region. Learn how you can switch your home to 100% pollution-free clean energy today!