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Community solar: Can California get it right this time?

January 30, 2023

California is a leader in the energy transition. But even the most mature solar market in the U.S. hasn’t always gotten it right.

The Golden State has watched from the sidelines as community solar programs across the country have been wildly successful. These programs open up access to clean energy’s benefits for people who are unable to install solar panels at their residence, while on average saving customers 10% on their electric bills.

Florida, for example, has installed more than 1,600 MW-AC of community solar. California, by contrast, had 45 MW as of January 2022.

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