Community solar in West Virginia
What is community solar?
Community solar makes it possible for everyone to go solar.
With community solar, you can purchase or lease a “share” in a community solar project or start a project with your neighbors. Every month, you receive a credit on your electricity bill for the energy produced by your share.
Everyone should have access to community solar
We believe that everyone should be able to go solar, whether on their home or through a subscription to a community solar project. Solar is a way to reduce your energy bills, save money, and live your values.
Community solar began with a simple idea. People shouldn’t have to put a solar panel on their own roof to benefit from the electricity it generates. This idea is in the process of dramatically changing the way we get our electricity. In the digital age, it should be easy to take production somewhere on your local electric grid and attribute it to your utility bill account. Consumers no longer need to depend on analog wires and dials. Community solar, when done right, can provide solar access to everyone.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a study in 2015 that examined community solar’s potential. NREL found that community solar could grow to nearly half of the solar PV market by 2020, if the market is allowed to fully develop. This is a critical question as community solar is currently only available in a handful of states. In order to change this, lawmakers will need to pass new laws and rewrite utility regulations.
Unfortunately, community solar is currently unavailable in West Virginia. To have community solar, your utility must agree to voluntarily participate in community solar, or be forced to allow it by state-level legislation.
But with enough momentum and political power, we can change West Virginia’s policies. Solar United Neighbors helps you fight for your solar rights. Join the thousands of solar activists in your state who share your vision.
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Learn what other states are doing to fight for community solar
A number of states across the country have already passed legislation to allow community solar. And others are fighting for the ability to develop their own community solar projects.
Support Power Purchase Agreements
A key step to community solar is enabling power purchase agreements (PPAs). PPAs enable people to benefit from solar generation, even if they don’t own the system.