In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo, solar panels that are part of the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's community gardens are shown in Rockford, Minn. Community solar gardens are a new concept in renewable energy, allowing customers who cannot put up solar panels to buy into the green energy boom anyway. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Jim Mone In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo, solar panels that are part of the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's community gardens are shown in Rockford, Minn. Community solar gardens are a new concept in renewable energy, allowing customers who cannot put up solar panels to buy into the green energy boom anyway. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

CityLab staffer Julian Spector reports that a group of community solar providers banded together this week to launch the Coalition for Community Solar Access, which will spearhead nationwide advocacy for policies needed for this market to grow.

Spector identifies the use-case for the group, which would include renters, homes with too much shade, frequent movers, and those who can not afford to invest in solar as among the groups community solar would offer an alternative. Spector writes:

The core concept [of community solar] is that numerous people subscribe to a central solar installation and receive a credit on their electricity bill for a share of the power generated each month. In the decade since the first community solar project went live, ... close to 100 projects have come online in 25 states.

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