More than 65 U.S. cities, states, and businesses have joined a White House initiative to promote community solar options for the large proportion of electricity users—especially low- and middle-income households—who either don’t own their own roofs or don’t get enough sun to install their own panels.
The White House said the initiative would open the door for 20,000 households in 21 states to invest in shared solar energy systems.
Citing U.S. Department of Energy data, USA Today reports that half of the country’s utility customers could benefit from community solar. A summit participant told The Energy Mix the proportion may be closer to 90%.
“Community solar is complicated to make it work,” Tom Hunt, vice president of the Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective, told Korte. “And it’s scaling so rapidly that you need a lot of people coming together to get all the pieces to fit.”