FRE Roof-mounted community solar is a great decision for developers, builders, HOAs, and homeowners. On a master-planned level, the cost of a solar installation on each home can drop by 30% or more, be financed at low interest rates for up to 30 years, reduce impact on neighborhood transformers, and create a community-wide, cohesive aesthetic.
Covered parking is a very popular and beautiful way to incorporate solar for communities. It provides a great place for EV charging, makes a big splash on the property, provides a protected area for your vehicles, and produces power all day. Federal tax credits and depreciation are available on much of the structure as well, and adjusting for the cost of an engineered, attractive canopy without solar on it, ROIs can be seen very quickly!
Community solar in a field is a great, growing approach to local, cheap, and secure energy. Whether connected directly to a shared facility or through partnership with your local utility, stakeholders see savings from day one and seeing lower costs per home than if each home purchased solar individually.
Solar storage with batteries can range from small, off-grid motors or pumps and home energy backups to large-scale diesel-extenders and community-wide grid management systems. They are typically and properly very complex and custom systems, but also battery, charging, and grid management technologies become more elegant, scalable, and affordable every day, and can be a great way for a community to bolster resiliency and a step toward energy independence.