Public Power and Rural Electric Leadership on Community Solar Initiatives

Most press and public attention related to solar power has focused on rooftop panels installed on individual houses.  However, an increasing number of electric utility service areas offer a community solar option that allows the many customers for whom rooftop solar is not feasible to invest in solar panels.  Public power systems and rural electric cooperative have been leaders in developing community solar.  This paper discusses the basis for and examples of this development.