Washington, D.C. — The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) is pleased to announce it has reached 100 members — a milestone representing the community solar industry’s red-hot growth. Formed in 2015, CCSA has experienced rapid expansion in the past several years as states across the country and the U.S. government prioritize community solar as a way to empower every American with the option to choose local, clean, and affordable energy.
“Our success is a reflection of the growing national demand for community solar,” said Jeff Cramer, CEO of CCSA. “And it makes sense — community solar is the best way to provide equitable access to local solar energy for the nearly 77% of Americans that can’t use rooftop solar for a number of reasons. The buy-in for community solar is real, and CCSA is continuously pushing the envelope on policy nationwide and having such great success in our campaigns.”
CCSA has evolved into a full-service trade association that delivers substantial value to its members by creating, expanding, and protecting community solar markets in the states, providing unmatched policy analysis and market intelligence, and serving as the industry voice nationally in Washington, D.C.
“I’m extremely proud of the work CCSA and all our members are doing to bring community solar to Americans throughout the country,” said Tom Hunt, CEO of Pivot Energy and Chairman of CCSA’s Board. “The more megawatts of community solar capacity we install, the more bill savings we provide to businesses, institutions, low-income communities, and individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have access to cost-competitive, locally produced renewable energy. Each megawatt also represents jobs, economic development, and customer choice. We are truly making a difference and look forward to growing that capacity exponentially in the coming years.”
Across the country, community solar is taking root in a third of states and it promises to continue growing as more policymakers, host communities, subscribers, and other stakeholders see the demonstrated advantages of these projects. Nationwide, community solar facilities generate more than 4.4 gigawatts of power, which is enough energy to power nearly 800,000 homes. Recently, New York State became the nation’s community solar leader with capacity to power 200,000 homes. Community solar is expected to generate 70% of progress towards New York’s goal to power 700,000 new homes with distributed solar by 2030, where it will be supported by a program that ensures at least 35% of the financial benefits goes to disadvantaged communities and low-to-moderate income families.
The Biden-Harris administration is calling for community solar to generate power for five million homes and save $1 billion on utility bills for low and moderate-income (LMI) households by 2025. The recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act also includes billions in new incentives for community solar plus storage projects that benefit LMI families and pay prevailing wages.
The Coalition for Community Solar Access is a national coalition of businesses and nonprofits working to expand customer choice and access to solar for all American households and businesses through community solar. Our mission is to empower every American energy consumer with the option to choose local, clean and affordable community solar. We work with customers, utilities, local stakeholders and policymakers to develop and implement policies and best practices that ensure community solar programs provide a win, win, win for all, starting with the customer. For more information, visit https://www.communitysolaraccess.org and follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.