Design choices and equity implications of community shared solar

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Design choices and equity implications of community shared solar

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What is the best way to deploy solar energy to maximize clean energy growth while equitably sharing benefits? A promising model is community shared solar, which enables energy consumers to purchase shares of electricity generated in an offsite project. Noting how different states and utilities have approached program design, we explore how design decisions affect access to solar and the equity of cost and benefit sharing. We conclude with a set of questions for future research.


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This work was supported by NSF SRN Grant No. 1444745, the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs’ Faculty Interactive Research Program, and the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research’s Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship.

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Chan, Gabriel; Evans, Isaac; Grimley, Matthew; Ihde, Ben; Mazumder, Poulomi. (2017). Design choices and equity implications of community shared solar. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, 10.1016/j.tej.2017.10.006.

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