Solar communities. Image: Miscellaneous photography – Shutterstock.

Residential solar power has grown in leaps and bounds around the world in recent years, but there is a problem: Not everyone can have solar power on their own roof.

Think about it, a large majority of households cannot access rooftop solar power – because they rent, live in an apartment building, or cannot afford to install a photovoltaic system.

Solar communities come into play here – a simple but effective concept.

Neighbors who cannot install their own solar systems are organizing and uniting in solar communities, with the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčinstalling larger, more profitable solar systems near their homes, on larger rooftops in their homes. region, and use this generated energy to power their homes. However, like many simple concepts, when the push is in, they can get complicated.

Community solar energy.

In solar communities, people buy a stake in a solar project, often through a community solar supplier. Once built, the panels generate electricity and enjoy benefits that generally lower your utility bills.

These types of solar communities are spreading all over the world, in some countries they have not yet developed, in others, like the United States, they are already starting to flourish.

A market that is currently small but growing rapidly – and with a bright future.

At the end of 2019, we found approximately 2 gigawatts of community solar projects in operation in the United States.

The savings you can get by belonging to a solar community may vary depending on the project. This is why it is very important to be well informed and to require all legal guarantees before investing.