CCSA & Other Resources

CCSA wants to provide you with all the tools you need to learn about, advocate for, and even build community solar.
To learn more about CCSA, please visit the About Us page.


Integrating Distributed Solar and Storage: The Keystones of a Modern Grid

The Coalition for Community Solar Access and Local Solar for All issued a comprehensive white paper relating to the policies and regulations impacting the deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs), highlighting interconnection as the industry’s biggest challenge to overcome and the best opportunity for driving future growth.

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Community Solar
Policy Decision Matrix

Guidance for Designing Community Solar Programs
UPDATED Fourth Edition, March 2019

This matrix is intended to lead policymakers through important questions, grouped into five categories, which should be addressed when designing programs. To answer these questions, we provide a menu of options, focusing on those that will spur market development while providing choices to customize programs to meet a state’s needs and goals.

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Model State Legislation

For states with vertically integrated utility markets.

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Model State Legislation

For states with restructured/competitive electricity markets.

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Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar

Together the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) published the Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar, which provides consumers with an overview of community solar, expert tips on how to be an informed consumer, questions solar consumers should ask before entering into an agreement and handy links to other resources.

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National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today’s energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy. A recent NREL report described the market potential of community solar of up to $16 billion in investments and up to 11 Gigawatts of cumulative installed capacity though 2020.

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Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) SEPA is an educational non-profit. SEPA has developed several resources on community solar development, including information on community solar projects across the country, partnerships with utilities on the development of community solar projects, and updated facts.

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Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

IREC’s programs and policies benefit consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry. The results are visible in nearly every state, with rules that enable millions more consumers to participate in the clean energy marketplace — and practices that make it easier, safer and more affordable to connect to the utility grid.

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Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. Resources include the National Community Solar Partnership, and a list of community solar FAQs.

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Solar Energy Industries Association

As the national trade association in the U.S., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the power behind solar energy. Our member companies research, manufacture, distribute, finance, and build solar projects domestically and abroad.

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Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

Community Solar Toolkit

Solar in Your Community Challenge

Community Solar Marketplace

Community Solar Marketplace:

EnergySage has developed an easy-to-use tool to learn about community solar and who’s building them, and find community solar projects to invest in.

Grid Alternatives

Grid Alternatives:

GRID Alternatives’ vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Their mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. Sign up to volunteer on local solar installations!

Community Solar Value Project

Community Solar Value Project:

The Community Solar Value Project aims to increase the scale, reach, and value of utility-based community solar programs by using strategic solar technologies, siting, and design, and by integrating suitable companion measures, such as demand-response (DR) and storage into broad program designs. Such measures can address solar variability, so that costly distribution-engineering solutions and regional-level ancillary services can be minimized. Market development for this new model also is being addressed.




Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Accelerating Adoption of Community Solar

This report addresses community solar program design and communication challenges that utilities face. The Pacific Consulting Group conducted an 8 state survey of over 800 eligible community solar customers to capture the underlying customer values, and assess the market acceptance of different program deigns.

What a Community Solar Customer Wants

This report provides a detailed analysis of a survey conducted by SEPA and the Shelton group, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The survey provides a national perspective on the audiences for community solar, and what those audiences want the most out of their program. 65% of respondents stated that they are interested in solar energy because they would like to lower their monthly energy costs.

Community Solar Program Design Models (2018 Version)

This report provides a detailed community solar market overview and provides analysis of a survey conducted with CCSA to assess program best practices. Utilities and third party providers offer their peers advice for developing community solar programs.


Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

Shared Renewable Energy for Low-to Moderate-Income Customers:
Policy Guidelines and Model Provisions

The resource is intended to help guide and inform state and utility shared renewable energy programs.

Five Guiding Principals for Shared Renewable Energy Programs

The new Five Guiding Principles steer IREC’s approach with respect to shared renewable energy program development. They are also intended to broadly define what constitutes a shared renewable energy program. In line with IREC’s core mission to expand consumer access to clean energy, these Guiding Principles and all of IREC’s work in the shared renewable energy arena focus on the consumer experience.

National Shared Renewables Scorecard

Evaluates state shared renewables programs across the country, providing policymakers and other stakeholders with insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the various programs.


National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Focusing the sun, State Considerations for Designing Community Solar Policy

This report is an in depth analysis of community solar policy that identifies national trends and best practices.