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. Land owners, community groups, local governments, utilities and solar integrators – contact us to learn more.
A Solar Gardener is a combination community organizer and project manager who helps communities go solar together. Visit the solar gardener training page to see videos of previous trainings and register for our free training program. The Community Solar Gardens Act was implemented in Colorado in 2012.
Says SolarGardens.org founder Joy Hughes, “Now everyone can go solar. For the first time, low-income homeowners and renters will be able to go solar. Solar gardens are sprouting up everywhere!”
By pooling resources and buying panels as a group, a community can save money and give subscribers a lower cost than going it alone.