Energy Secretary Visits Community Solar Site

Update from the Energy Secretary’s community solar visit; date announced for National Community Solar Partnership Summit

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Photo of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm shaking hands with a worker at the Gar Creek community solar site

Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm visited Gar Creek Solar last week, a new community solar site in Kankakee County, Illinois. The project was constructed using entirely union labor and will provide electricity to more than 800 low- and moderate-income households.

“Community solar is so unique because it really does allow access to solar for people who may not have a home that they own or who share a home,” Granholm said. “We have 600,000 homes now and we want to get to 5 million homes with community solar in the U.S. by 2025.”


National Community Solar Partnership Summit: January 25, 2022

Save the Date graphic for the National Community Solar Partnership Annual Summit on January 25, 2022

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) will host its second Annual Summit: To 5 Million and Beyond: Community Solar’s Pathway to Success.

NCSP is a coalition of over 800 stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar. NCSP recently announced a new target to power the equivalent of 5 million households with community solar by 2025, realizing $1 billion in energy bill savings. At the summit, NCSP and DOE leadership will discuss the plan to reach this new target, how to overcome barriers to equitable deployment, and what achieving it will mean for the community solar industry.

We hope you will join us to hear how NCSP is building capacity and expertise, unlocking new community solar markets, making financing more accessible, streamlining customer acquisition, and increasing awareness and consumer protections to reach 5 million community solar households – and beyond.

Register now for the annual summit and learn more about NCSP.


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