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  • Writer's pictureJaime Ventura Energy Consultant

COMMUNITY SOLAR

A NEW TENDENCY: RISE OF SHARED SELF-CONSUMPTION


Community Solar

Community Solar has become a popular form of electricity consumption due to its ease of accessibility. Unlike traditional solar panel installations that must be located on an open property or rooftop space, community solar is designed for large-scale use among multiple tenants.


Traditionally, solar energy installation favored real estate owners and investors, leaving renters and low-income households without access to the benefits of solar. However, community solar is reshaping the landscape, offering more customers the opportunity to adopt and benefit from solar energy.


Community Solar is a model that allows multiple people, businesses or organizations to harness solar energy without the need for individual panel installations. It is typically offered through subscription-based programs, expanding access to a broader range of customers, including renters or those without adequate shelter. Beyond the environmental benefits, participants generally obtain savings in energy costs, which currently in the USA are around 10%.


22 states in the USA have passed laws on independent community solar projects. Despite the challenges that states like Massachusetts and Maine faced in 2022, recent favorable policies in Maryland, New Jersey, and California have spurred growth. Projections in the USA indicate an average annual increase of 8% with an estimated capacity of 14 gigawatts by 2028 and community solar is forecast to power 5 million homes by 2025, making clean, affordable electricity more accessible for all.


In Spain and Italy, finally, in 2024, energy communities, solar communities and collective self-consumption will begin to take off. And this after the utilities had created many obstacles, greatly delaying network connections and other types of problems. The reason? Their large electrification plants were doing the work and were installing many energy communities, solar communities and collective self-consumption. And things were going well there. Now a change has been imposed, because the sector associations have put a lot of pressure on the utilities and today they are providing connections when needed, facilitating the new installations. In addition, super interesting financing and innovative methods are being obtained to carry out these installations for the residents of a community (solar kits).


This is where our Integration Coefficient IC model comes from through our solar marketing system based on the concept of shared economy that allows solar installers, who are the part of the supply chain closest to the end customer, to have direct access to Asian manufacturing prices and therefore with price reductions of up to 60% compared to the current supply chain.


As conclusion, the positive policy developments supporting the installation of more community solar parks and a more efficient supply chain by adopting our Integration Coefficient IC model, make this type of installation a safe bet for solar deployment.


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