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A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-Profit Project Development


United States Department of Energy

United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development

Keyes and Fox

Stoel Rives

Bonneville Environmental Foundation


Jason Coughlin

Jennifer Grove

Linda Irvine

Janet F. Jacobs

Sarah Johnson Phillips

Leslie Moynihan

Joseph Wiedman


1 November 2010

This guide explores the range of solar energy incentives and policies while providing examples of operational community solar projects, thereby helping communities to plan and implement successful local energy projects. In addition, by highlighting some of the policy best practices, this guide suggests changes in the regulatory landscape that could significantly boost community solar installations across the United States.