Rooftop residential and utility solar exist at two ends of the scale. Is there a sweet spot between those two that can capture the advantages of small-scale (no transmission loss, grid resilience through distribution) and large (economies of scale, easy to invest in)? Yes, reports Laurie Stone of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and it’s being called Community-Scale Solar. More than a sweet spot, it can reach communities underserved by rooftop solar (poorer households can’t afford it) and utilities (are you anywhere near a solar farm?). One group taking up the challenge across the U.S. is the Climate Collaborative, 133 natural and organic food companies committed to renewables. Founder member, Organic Valley, shows it takes just one large anchor buyer to roll out mid-sized solar for local communities and businesses.
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