From identifying community interest to selecting an appropriate site, determining budgeting and pricing models, working with vendors, and enrolling customers in the program, this guidebook walks utilities through the processes, materials, and considerations for exploring community solar projects from a public power perspective. Utilities can also review the additional considerations necessary for establishing community solar programs that reach or support customers with low to moderate incomes and prioritize equity.
Chapters in the workbook are:
- Defining Project Goals and Objectives
- Gauging Market Potential
- Choosing a Site
- Program Designs and Subscription Models
- Project Economics and Financials
- Developing Requests for Proposals and Project Timelines
- Marketing and Program Implementation
The resources and information in the workbook are culled from the Municipal Utility Community Solar Working Group, a collaborative of the National Community Solar Partnership and the American Public Power Association. Learn more about the collaborative.