Solar Builder

MAY-JUN 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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8 M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 C ommunity solar to this point has been more of a riddle than a seg- ment. Generally referring to shared solar development that accepts capital from and provides output credit to subscribers and other investors, the poten- tial of the community solar segment is massive. Removing roof and space con- straints from the equation, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) puts the potential market for community solar from a floor of around 3 million house- holds to more than 12 million, depending on program design and marketing. Ah, program design. Here comes the riddle. How do you design a solution that taps into that potential when often no single stakeholder sees enough benefit to drive project development? Barriers sur- rounding cost, access and demand contin- ue to drag on the community solar sector's overall growth when simpler, proven PV models are already established. More and more answers to the riddle are emerging though, and community solar is moving on a steeper upward tra- jectory. In 2017, a year in which both Details on a collaborative plan for drastic cost reductions, wide deployment of community-scale solar By Chris Crowell Crowd Sourced IN THE NEWS

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