Expanding Solar Access
to All Americans
The National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to provide every American household access to affordable community solar by 2025. The Partnership builds on the successes of DOE's Solar in Your Community Challenge and supports partners as they seek to bring community solar solutions to their localities.
Interest in community solar has been growing rapidly across the country as more communities recognize the potential economic, environmental and social equity benefits.
Community solar programs make solar more accessible, particularly to those with in low-to-moderate incomes, or apartment dwellers for whom traditional rooftop solar is unavailable.
Community solar projects are developed and interconnected; projects may be owned by the utility or a third-party, depending on market rules.
The utility facilitates interconnection and billing for the community solar project.
Subscribers receive a credit on their electricity bill that reflects the production of their share in the project.
What is your organization's goal for expanding community solar?
"Use innovative finance to maximize the number of LMI households participating in Maryland's community solar program and saving at least 20% on their electricity bills."
Climate Access Fund Corporation, Baltimore, MD, USA
"Develop a demonstration site for community solar and remote microgrids in the South."
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
"Accelerating LMI access to community solar in at least 20 states by 2021; creating a ToolKit that optimizes financing and program design in all regulated and unregulated markets and in all three utility business models."
Groundswell, Washington, DC, USA
"Strategically subscribe 6MW of low-income community solar for the greatest impact to customers."
Energy Outreach Colorado, Denver, CO, USA
"Working with partners across the US to develop 40MW low-income community solar in next 3 years"
Co-op Power, Florence, Northampton, MA, USA
"90% of Hartford residents participating in solar by 2030."
Town of Hartford, White River Junction, Hartford, VT, USA
"Host 25 MW of distributed energy (primarily community solar) by 2025."
New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY, USA