Distributed Energy Resources

National Community Solar Partnership

The American Public Power Association (APPA) is a partner in the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) an initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  As a leader in the NCSP Municipal Utility Collaborative, APPA works with stakeholders to identify and address common barriers to community-based solar. Technical assistance is provided by DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as participants seek to create and demonstrate practical, effective, and scalable community solar models.

Municipal utilities are invited to join and gain access to a peer-to-peer network of municipal utilities focused on accelerating community solar for American households. Those who join the collaborative will work with DOE, subject matter experts, and peers to set goals and overcome persistent barriers to expanding community solar access.


The Community Solar Guidebook and Webinar

APPA’s Community Solar Guidebook serves as a roadmap for public power utilities to navigate community solar program design, particularly in low-to-moderate income and rural areas. Copyright 2020. 72 Pages. Visit the APPA Store to order a Hard Copy or a Digital Version of this publication.

In the accompanying DEED Webinar: Increasing Access to Community Solar Programs, the team who developed the Community Solar Guidebook share their experience building community solar. The Guidebook and Webinar were developed with funding from a Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development’s, DEED grant to WPPI Energy.

Introduction to Community Shared Solar

This publication discusses how utilities can build a solar program with multiple participants and stakeholders. It describes the options for building a shared solar program and includes potential funding sources, developer and utility-driven projects, and a reference list of solar programs. Introduction to Community Shared Solar was developed with funding from a DEED grant to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Copyright 2013. 44 pages. Available from the APPA Store as a PDF, Digital Version, only.

Fact Sheet: Understanding Community Solar

2020 Article: The sun shines for all: Community solar for low-income populations

NCSP Community Solar Collaborative: Working Group Meetings

Utilities looking to make community solar accessible and affordable for their customers are welcome to listen in on the first couple working group meetings of the Municipal Utility Collaborative!  

Your Community Solar Networking Platform

If you would like to sign up to be an NCSP partner and have access to a community forum of potential collaborators, ideas, tips, and resources, you can register on the Mobilize Platform https://ncsp.mobilize.io/registrations/groups/39758. This site provides a pathway to technical assistance and collaboration for all those who are interested in community solar. Sign Up Now

Coming Soon

  • Database of Community Solar information from NREL
  • Public-power-focused case studies for every stage of community solar development from APPA
  • Networking opportunities
  • Technical Assistance opportunities