Community solar can address renewables accessibility gap, report finds

Community solar could supply 1.7%-2.6% of all electricity consumed by the U.S. in 2030 if all states were to establish policy-enabled community solar markets, according to a report by GTM Research. 

The report points to a large gap in solar accessibility, noting between half to three-fourths of Americans cannot access traditional rooftop solar. Community solar is a potential way to grant access to 50 million U.S. households that are classified as low-to-moderate income (LMI) residences.

One of the largest obstacles preventing community solar's growth is state policy, according to GTM Research. While 42 states plus Washington, D.C. have a community solar program in place, only 19 have policy-enabled solar markets, which include virtual net metering and community renewables programs.