Episode #6: Shared Solar in Connecticut
This episode discusses recommendations from the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering’s 2015 study on shared clean energy facilities, with an emphasis on shared solar. Approximately 80% of Connecticut residents cannot install solar panels on their roofs—because they rent, or because their roofs are too shady or otherwise unsuitable. Shared solar facilities would enable these people to access solar energy, and would also increase in-state renewable generation. The Connecticut state legislature is currently considering whether to authorize shared clean energy facilities to operate in the state. The episode concludes by discussing these bills and considering how they can be strengthened.
Sources & Helpful Links:
- An Act Concerning Electric Fixed Bill Fees and Grid Modernization (Value of Clean DG): SB00570
- An Act Establishing a Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program: SB00928
- CASE Releases Study on Shared Clean Energy Facilities [March 3, 2015]
- Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Shared Clean Energy Facilities (Mar. 2015)
- Jan Ellen Spiegal, Shared solar tries again to light up CT, Connecticut Mirror (Apr. 7, 2015), http://ctmirror.org/2015/04/07/shared-solar-tries-again-to-light-up-connecticut/