Community Energy Directory

Community Energy Legislation, Programs, and Resources Directory

General Resources


Solar Gardens Institute

Group dedicated to sound policy for community energy at national, state, and local levels.


Solar Gardens Fan Page on Facebook
Folks from around the world, interested in community solar energy.


Solar Gardens Africa Group on Facebook

Off-grid communities in Africa can leapfrog to solar PV.


British Columbia

Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-Op Vancouver, BC

Worker’s cooperative solar energy company.


The Ontario Power Authority is offering North America’s most generous feed-in tariff.

For solar PV projects, Co-operative Members can buy Preference Shares to enable the Co-op to raise the equity to buy & install the equipment, and to give those Members a dividend based on the number of Shares that they hold after projects are connected to the grid and generate revenue.

Our PowerToronto, ON

Provides on-line and in-person solar education, information and tools for decision making support.

Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative – SolarShareToronto, ON 

In development for two years now, SolarShare is a co-operative that will build multiple rooftop solar- electric projects of up to 250kW in size, which it will finance, develop, maintain and operate.
All Ontarians will be able to invest in the SolarShare projects, which are aimed at generating up to 8% return on investments.

WindshareToronto, ON 

A for-profit co-op with a mandate to provide renewable electricity to the people of Ontario through community ownership.
Proposed 20 Megawatt community owned wind farm.


Solare CollettivoRacconigi, Italy

40+ individuals finance a 20kW solar energy system.

United States

Interfaith Power and LightSan Francisco, CA

A religious response to global warming, including rooftop solar.
Represents 30 states and over 10,000 congregations.

Interstate Renewable Energy CouncilLatham, NY
National organization since 1982.
Has prepared a template for state laws- the Community Renewable Power Proposal.

The Solar Panel Hosting Company Westminster, CO

For those who can’t go solar on site, provides opportunities to own solar panels elsewhere in their communities.


Bright Tucson Community Solar ProgramTucson, AZ

Municipal utility-owned program that lets users buy blocks of solar energy.

Flagstaff Community PowerFlagstaff, AZ

Arizona Public Service project approved April 2010. Customers on the same feeder line can own or lease solar panels. See also:

Soaring HeightsDavis – Monthan AFB, AZ

6,000 kilowatts of community solar on a military base, developed by SolarCity.

Solar Commons – Phoenix, AZ

Advocates for the common law principle of right-of-way applied to electric power. A 10 kilowatt demonstration project, owned in trust, has been proposed. The array will produce revenue for energy efficiency in low income households.


Clean Power Cooperative Nevada County, CA

Grassroots cooperative advocating for those without solar potential on site to participate in state and local solar initiatives. The group plans to organize local power in Nevada County.

Cooperative Community EnergySan Rafael, CA

Solar installation company owned by buyer’s co-op.

Go Solar Co-opWilton, CA

Employee owned solar installer.

SMUD Solar SharesSacramento, CA

1,000 kilowatt project developed by municipal utility. Subscribers pay a
flat monthly fee to rent a share.

Plaza East Apartments and Hayes Valley North and SouthSan Francisco, CA


Solar Gardens Colorado on Facebook:

Arkansas River Valley


Denver Metro

San Luis Valley

Colorado Harvesting Energy NetworkGreenwood Village, CO

Facilitates the development of community-based renewable energy projects that advance Colorado’s New Energy Economy.

Westminster seed gardenWestminster, CO

10kW existing array to use as a “test bed” for solar gardens models. Headquarters of the Solar Gardens Institute. Managed by The Solar Panel Hosting Company

Founders Garden Jefferson County, CO

70-acre site with proposed 2,000 kW solar garden and wholesale distributed generation. Uses the “Open Garden” model, allowing multiple solar companies to participate. Managed by The Solar Panel Hosting Company

Clean Energy Collective Carbondale, CO

80 Kilowatt for-profit community project on Holy Cross Rural Electric. Subscribers join a limited liability corporation and gain ownership of equipment. A 900 kilowatt follow on project is planned.

Carbon Zero – Durango, CO

Proposed 1,000 kilowatt “virtual power plant” on 300+ rooftops.

Nederland Renewable Energy ProjectNederland, CO

Nonprofit grassroots group has proposed a 17 acre solar, wind, and small hydroelectric project owned by members.

Saguache Alliance for Green Energy (SAGE) – Saguache, CO

Town and nonprofits working together for energy efficiency. The group is surveying the town for interest in a solar garden.

The Solar Panel Hosting CompanyWestminster, CO

For those who can’t go solar on site, provides opportunities to own solar panels elsewhere in their communities.

Utility owned 10 kilowatt project opened in May 2009. Customers receive a 25-year lease on a specific solar panel, gaining approximately 3% return.

District of Columbia

Mount Pleasant Solar Cooperative Washington, DC

Community solar group. The idea is that members will merely have to sign up—and they will get solar power installed on their roof.

Georgetown Energy – Washington, DC

Cooperative solar buyer’s group.


Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Community Solar Lease ProgramKey West, FL

In return for leasing one or more panels for $999 each, members receive monthly bill credits for the full retail value of the electricity generated by their leased panel(s) for 25 years.


Weatherford Place Roswell, GA

Eight LEED Platinum certified homes. Southern Company engineered and installed a hybrid metering system for the neighborhood. With this system, the homes will be billed for electricity at the regular residential rate, but will have a second meter to register the production of electricity from their solar roof systems. Georgia Power will “buy back” electricity produced by the solar panels.


University Park Solar University Park, MD

21.9 kilowatt system installed on a church- dedication June 12, 2010.  Members join a Limited Liability Corporation and receive a return on investment.

See also:

Common Cents Solar Bethesda, MD

Non-profit solar installer.


Brewster Community Solar Garden™Brewster, MA

Members join for-profit LLC and receive proportional returns from a community solar system under Massachusetts’s Green Communities Act

Falmouth Community Solar Garden™Falmouth, MA

Members join for-profit LLC and receive proportional returns from a community solar system under Massachusetts’s Green Communities Act

My Generation Energy

For-profit company specializing in Community Solar Gardens™ under the Mass. Green Communities Act.

Co-Op Power – Greenfield, MA

Buyer’s co-op of efficiency and renewable solutions. Uses a “neighbor-to-neighbor” method to spread solar hot water solutions.

New Jersey

Did you know 20% of M&M’s® are now produced using solar power? (Maybe the yellow ones…) It’s worth going to the link just to see the spokescandies in front of a 2,000 kilowatt solar array.

New Mexico

Solar Gardens New Mexico on Facebook

Kit Carson Electric CooperativeTaos, NM

Community solar projects will be built to provide power for specific numbers of homes within a neighborhood and subsidized by KCEC. The residents will own a portion of these arrays. the cost of a one-panel share might be $571, so the buyer would pay 2-3 cents more per kilowatt for renewable energy, but also receive a one-time tax credit of about $230.

KTAO Solar RadioTaos, NM

Radio transmitter powered by a solar array – also sports a solar carport at its offices.

Part of XCEL Energy’s “Community Solar” program, based at Eastern New Mexico University.

New York

Solar Gardens New York on Facebook

Solar One, I Heart PV, Empire State Solar Initiative New York, NY

Community group dedicated to a feed-in tariff and “green renters”.

North Carolina

Community Megawatt Solar InitiativeBoone, NC 

Group has installed a 2.4 kilowatt community system.


Solar Gardens Pacific Northwest on Facebook

Ashland Solar Pioneer II – Ashland, OR

63.5 kilowatt community owned system. Customers purchase the output of the panels for 20 years.

Corvallis High SchoolCorvallis, OR

2.3 kilowatt system (100 kilowatts planned over 10 years.) Several more sites planned around Corvallis. Developed by Tangerine Solar.

Solarize PortlandPortland, OR

Community group taking hundreds of homes solar in Portland, Oregon.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation Portland, OR

Helped fund the first community solar project in Ellensburg, WA. Among other projects, has created 158 solar PV projects on schools.



SunSmart – St. George, UT

Community solar array completed January 2009. Participation will be sold in whole and half units of 1 kilowatt installed solar PV capacity.  Purchasers of SunSmart will own the unit for a minimum of 19 years, when the panels will be evaluated to determine if they need to be replaced or repaired. The purchaser will have the choice to pay the cost, if there is one, and continue owning the unit or
they can decline and the unit will be available for others to purchase.


Solar Gardens Pacific Northwest on Facebook

Ellensburg Solar Community Project (ESCAPE)Ellensburg, WA

Conceived in 2003, with Phase I built in 2006, this project was the first of its kind. With the third phase in place the project will total 81 kilowatts. Members participate in financing and receive bill credit at wholesale rates. (See also )

5 kilowatt array on intermediate school, funded by community donations.

Community Energy SolutionsBainbridge Island, WA

Advocates for and sponsors community energy projects, provides
information for community groups, and advocates for legislation.

Cascade Community Wind Bellingham, WA

Members purchase a share of power produced by wind turbines for a 20-year period.

Tangerine Community Solar Seattle, WA

For-benefit company specializing in community solar. Offers shares in solar arrays called SunSlices™.


Community Solar WisconsinMadison, WI

Lots of great resources, spreadsheets, and case studies on community solar development.


List Compiled by:

Joy Hughes – Founder, Solar Gardens Institute  & CEO, The Solar Panel Hosting Company

Stanley Florek – Research Chair, Solar Gardens Institute & CEO, Tangerine Solar

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