With strong incentives and falling equipment costs, going solar has never made more financial sense on such a broad scale. Testament to this is the tremendous increase of the number of homes & businesses with solar panels on their roofs in recent years. But at the same time, not everyone has a roof of their own, and even those who do might have one that is shaded or otherwise unsuitable for solar. Community-owned solar projects – sometimes called community solar gardens, or shared solar farms – promise a way for the roofless and ‘roof-impaired’ to go solar.
Benefiting from community solar
In a nutshell, community-owned solar gardens & farms let their participants partake in the financial and environmental benefits of solar power even without a roof. If you are a participant in a community solar project, you should expect to save money on your power bill. Exactly how these savings are delivered will vary by location and program. Virtual Net Metering (smartmeters) generally work like this....
A community solar garden can serve a geographic community or a community of interest or both.
What does a community solar garden look like?
Well, not all...
In fact they might even look like this...
We can make this sort of industry happen here, design and build things that will benefit our community at the same time.
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Additionally…I believe that Latrobe Valley electricity consumers deserve a reduction/subsidy for power ie we should get lower Kw / hour supply rates…to counterbalance the loss of property values that we all experienced as result of the mine fires and the general perception of the Valley as being ‘dirty’….that hinders future expansion and new industrial investment here.