Solar for All – Building for Breakthrough

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Connecticut has installed nearly 150 MW of rooftop solar. This is a great development but the higher-leverage approach to solar – larger scale installations – is moving too slowly to meet the state's needs. While the first utility scale power plants are in development the most game-changing option – community shared renewables – continues to stall.  

In more than a dozen states, groups of customers can work with developers to create “solar gardens” for a few dozen users, or a few hundred.  The utilities are required to connect these systems to the grid.  Two years ago in Connecticut, a bill to allow shared renewables failed in negotiations between the electric utilities, environmentalists and the solar industry.  Last year, the legislature authorized a small 6 MW pilot program. The pilot has been stalled due to questions raised by Connecticut's two primary electric utilities.  

In 2016 Clean Water Action is partnering with allies across the state to demonstrate that public demand is huge and the pilot is too small. Together we're building enthusiasm in the legislature to accelerate solar for all.