A large Solar Array with shaded parkingCommunity solar is defined as a solar-electric system that, through a voluntary program, provides power and financial benefit to multiple community members through communal ownership of a single project. Community Solar advocates are driven by the recognition that the on-site solar market comprises only a small fraction of the total market for solar energy. A 2008 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that only 22 to 27% of residential rooftop area is suitable for hosting an on-site photovoltaic (PV) system after adjusting for structural, shading, or ownership issues (The Community Solar Guide, 2010).

EnSegs, which is based on the idea of community solar, provides renewable energy options for those who do not have the financial or physical means to install systems on their own, but wish to invest in renewable energy.

Sharing a solar project between members of the community provides greater access and reduces the cost to the customer.

Other benefits include:

  • Helps to ensure optimal project locations
  • Improves the viability of projects through economies of scale
  • Helps to increase the public’s understanding of solar energy and other sources of renewable energy.

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