A Solar Community Garden? Well here’s a nifty little business model. Imagine a community based solar array you can subscribe to. Basically, people subscribe to the solar garden and get a credit on their utility bill. Seems pretty cool.
“…A Solar Garden is a community shared solar array with grid-connected subscribers. Homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees, receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof using “virtual net metering”. The Solar Gardens Institute (SGI) provides tools and training to co-develop community solar arrays…”
http://www.solargardens.org/Solar garden: Model T of renewable energy?
Renewable energy law in Minnesota requires utilities to get 1.5 percent of their power from solar. By Monday, Xcel Energy has to show how it would manage rollout of neighborhood solar gardens. Rather than an expensive home retrofit for renewable energy, solar gardens allow residents to buy shares of solar power.