How Community Solar Is Democratizing Access to Renewable Energy
- Sep 1, 2021 8:39 pm GMT
What would you say if I told you that you could slash ten percent off your monthly energy bill at no upfront cost? What if I said you could do so by using solar energy, but that you don't have to install a single solar panel on your home or apartment building?
Are you waiting for the catch? There isn't one.
The promise of community solar, also known as shared solar or solar gardens, does seem too good to be true. Yet, by distributing solar energy across a network of consumers and leveraging tax-funded state initiatives, we’ve found that community solar helps consumers reduce their energy bills by as much as 10% per month. Still, lagging consumer education and wariness of solar scams are preventing greater participation in shared solar programs—solar accounted for only about 2.3% of all American energy production in 2020.
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