New Tool Helps Utilities Manage the Rapidly Growing Community Solar Market

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Community solar projects are among the fastest growing solar segments in the U.S with some estimates forecasting that community solar initiatives will be responsible for the addition of 500 MW (megawatts) of annual capacity by 2020. A recent report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) flagged community solar as the model most likely to dominate the solar landscape in the near future.

In answer to the growing demand for tools that will foster efficiency in this arena, the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) announced a software platform that will make community solar deployment easier for utilities and developers. CEC pioneered roofless community-shared solar, which works by generating power via mostly ground-mounted arrays and passing the savings to subscribed customers who receive billed credits on their monthly utility bills.