Community Solar Gardens are an inventive way that everyone, regardless of housing type, can own solar panels. It doesn’t matter if their home is shaded by trees, part of an apartment complex, is on the move, or is technically homeless.
When organized as a community non-profit, the shared-solar business model is very much like that of a community vegetable garden. Each project participant has an interest in the entire project as well as a claim to the production of a part of it. Libraries and schools, churches and non-profit groups can pool their resources to go solar and get individual benefits from the group effort. Individuals as well as groups can participate by hosting a distributed power plant where anyone can own solar panels.
Community Solar Gardens are Sprouting Up Everywhere
Katie Cordrey — May 24, 2011 — Social Good
References: blog.solargardens.org & greenlivingpdx.blogspot