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Power shift presentation

  1. 1. Joy Hughes – Solar Gardens Institute Introduction to Community Solar
  2. 2. Why Local Solar? Make it a community decision
  3. 3. Sprouting up Everywhere Maps showing community solar interest
  4. 4. Rooftop Bulk Purchase •  Neighborhood residents band together •  Installers bid for a large number of roofs •  Economy or scale saves money •  Example: Solarize Portland
  5. 5. Community Supported Energy University Park, Maryland •  Good for houses of worship, municipal buildings, nonprofits •  A group of small investors owns the array and sells power to the church •  Sample Legal documents available FREE
  6. 6. Solar Gardens •  Subscription model - Suitable for HOA’s, renters, affordable housing, shaded locations, and historic districts •  Distributed Generation – Rooftop or ground mount system connects to local power lines or substation •  Virtual Net Metering – Credit directly on the subscribers bill for subscriber’s portion of the array
  7. 7. Cooperatives •  Small investors together provide capital for community solar arrays •  “Sponsorship” for subscribers in any solar garden
  8. 8. Solar Gardeners Program Ellensburg Community Renewable Park •  A solar gardener is both a community organizer and project manager •  Find host sites and subscribers for solar gardens and community supported energy •  Form a local initiative through Grand Aspirations
  9. 9. Solar Gardener Training •  Weekly training sessions – conference calls and webinars •  Training videos on YouTube: TheSGInstitute •  Request registration form -
  10. 10. SGI’s Mission •  To educate the public about community solar energy. •  To promote community solar energy legislation at the federal level and in each state •  To assist local organizations in organizing, developing, and managing community-owned solar energy projects everywhere. •  To make affordable solar energy available for all humanity
  11. 11. Host Sites •  Near 3-Phase distribution line, transformer, or substation •  Reclaimed landfills and mines •  About 120-150 kilowatts per acre •  Large roofs •  Industrial sites " " •  Retired farmland •  Parking lots, storage •  Water treatment plants •  Airports
  12. 12. Subscribers “Anyone on the grid” •  Must be within "same county (CO) "same utility (WA) •  Residential – affluent and moderate income •  Local Businesses and Industry •  Farmers •  Nonprofits, libraries, schools, hospitals, churches •  Municipal and county buildings
  13. 13. Affordable Community Solar •  For low income and “middle middle class” •  Challenges – income, credit, cash up front •  Sponsors make micro loans to subscribers
  14. 14. Can we make solar beautiful?
  15. 15. Contact Us Joy Hughes – founder – 719-207-3097 Please sign up for the mailing list
  16. 16. Soulardarity Solar Streetlights
  17. 17. Contact •  Jackson Koeppel 917-554-3741
  18. 18. Contact •  Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, Grand Aspirations, (612) 250-1621, •  Madeleine Wilson, Cooperative Energy Futures, (612) 807-8789,
  19. 19. Thank You!