Category: Community Solar
A "Vision for US Community Solar" report, commissioned by the industry and its stakeholders, including Vote Solar, was released last summer, embracing the potential for this model to evolve, so that it could include solar plus storage, integrated, high-value DERs and eventually, “holistic energy services.” But market developments already have outpaced that long-term vision. Before the end of 2018, SEIA and GTM predicted, "we expect that roughly 30% of non-residential PV will be supported by community solar, and another 20% or so will come from solar-plus-storage projects." within the next five years. This panel will look at community solar-plus-storage projects already underway at utilities in Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas and California, and it will ask where the community solar-plus trend is headed. What are the drivers and challenges for utilities to back such programs? How might the pros and cons of entering the solar-plus market today play out for solar and battery developers and affiliated service providers? And what’s in it for community participants? Is this a technical diversion or a pathway to more sustainable community and participant benefits? A savvy approach to solar plus storage--one that works for the grid as well as for "entry-level" solar subscribers--creates opportunities for a broad target audience, but striking the right balance is not necessarily simple. On this panel, four experts who have community solar-plus experience will help you work this puzzle and plan your best next move.