Coalition for Community Solar Access Statement on Connecticut Community Solar Program

February 14th, 2017

Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2017) – The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) today released the following statement in response to recent developments on Connecticut’s Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program. This statement may be attributed to CCSA Executive Director Jeff Cramer.

“We hope that this second attempt at the pilot RFP will be successful. However, DEEP is constrained by the original enabling legislation that calls for a program that does not have the scale necessary to attract significant interest or investment from developers, or provide access to the majority of residents who cannot take advantage of rooftop solar.

“Community solar’s time has come in Connecticut, but it will require concerted action to enact a effective, statewide program to expand access for all.  This is an excellent opportunity for policymakers to learn from the successes of neighboring states developing sustainable and successful community solar programs. The community solar industry stands at the ready to help.”

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About the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)

Founded in February 2016, CCSA is a business-led trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar. Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by individual community members, who receive credits on their electricity bills for their portion of the power produced. Community solar projects provide American homeowners, renters and businesses access to the benefits of solar energy generation unconstrained by the physical attributes of their home or business, like roof space, shading, or whether or not they own their residence or building. These programs can also expand access to solar energy to low-income households. For more information on CCSA, visit the website at www.communitysolaraccess.org, like the Coalition on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communitysolaraccess and follow the Coalition on Twitter at @solaraccess.