Design Choices and Equity Implications of Community Shared Solar

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Gabriel Chan, Isaac Evans, Matthew Grimley, Ben Ihde, and Poulomi Mazumder. 2017. “Design Choices and Equity Implications of Community Shared Solar.” The Electricity Journal 30(9): 37-41.


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.


shared solar, community solar, solar, renewable energy, energy policy, utility business model, net energy metering


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