Community solar seems to grab the attention of utilities and homeowners alike, and EnergySage is looking to grab said attention with its just launched Community Solar Marketplace. The goal here is to simplify how property owners and renters research and sign up for community solar by both aggregating the many available options in one place and standardizing project information. Now, interested consumers can locate and compare multiple community solar projects in their area with ease.
With states like California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Minnesota in the lead, dozens of other states are now in the process of enacting community solar legislation. This momentum has led to projections that community solar will be the fastest growing solar segment over the next several years, resulting in 1.8 gigawatts by 2020 according to GTM Research, compared to just 66 megawatts through the end of 2014.
With leading community solar companies such as Arcadia Power, BlueWave, SunShare, and Syncarpha already signed on, EnergySage’s Community Solar Marketplace provides interested consumers with the ability to search for projects across 43 states plus the District of Columbia. People in states not currently covered by the Marketplace or outside of a project’s eligibility can still sign up to be notified of future community solar projects in their area. EnergySage is in discussions with nearly all community solar providers in the U.S. regarding their participation on the Marketplace. Clean Choice Energy is the latest solar provider to join and is in the process of listing its projects.
Qualified developers interested in listing their projects on the Community Solar Marketplace, or organizations interested in leveraging it as a free informational resource, should contact Tess O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
— Solar Builder magazine