With the Solar Panel Hosting plan, everyone can own their own solar panels, whether owners or renters, regardless of income or credit.В Everyone becomes a co-owner in a community based вЂњvirtual power plantвЂќ called a Community Solar Garden.В We combine our purchasing power and create Responsible, Distributed Solar.
Your electric bill can go to build solar equity rather than funding fossil fuel depletion!В Responsible solar can support public institutions like schools, hospitals, and libraries.В Doing solar right means land conservation and help for farmers, with beautiful solar art and architecture in the cities.В Together we can create a renaissance, a solar golden age, and the biggest economic boom in history.
The responsible distributed energy movement is dedicated to generating power locally, where itвЂ™s used, in a way that fits into the urban and rural landscape.В Solar Panel Hosting LLC supports ten principles of responsible solar development.
We donвЂ™t need to overburden places like Colorado’s San Luis Valley with transmission lines and massive solar facilities.В Giant solar facilities put their eggs in one basketвЂ”1,500 acres is not that big if you’re a cloud!В Distributed energy can come from every building, every parking lot, every farm in a way that builds wealth and prosperity for all.
Solar photovoltaics are the fastest growing industry in America, and will inevitably become the cheapest way to generate electricity.В Regulatory reform is needed in the power industry now facing this wrenching eventuality.В We need to build public support for small to mid scale energy entrepreneurs who wish to sell electricity on the open market.
- Tree Preservation: By hosting panels on another rooftop or a community solar garden, people can protect the trees that shade their houses.
- Share the Land with ecological restoration and agricultural stewardship, using easements.В Plant trees and hedges for visual screening that also take carbon out of the air.В Combine with features like roads, power lines, and snow fences.
- Shade Over Pavement instead of competing with photosynthesis.В ItвЂ™s better to place the solar panels on shade structures above paved areas such as parking lots and driveways.В New cars can plug in here.
- Solar Good Neighbor Policy:В Consider neighborsвЂ™ needs in planning installations.В Since neighbors might be installing as well, develop a neighborhood plan.
- Limit Facility Scale:В Build to fit within the urban or rural landscape, with most PV facilities under 1 Megawatt.В Use existing distribution lines.В The grid is the tree, and the solar panels are the leaves.
- Use Local Designers:В Architects, artists, and even kids can create concepts for installations that reflect local character.
- Consider Going Off-Grid:В At the end of long distribution lines, the cost of maintaining electric poles and lines may outweigh the benefit of staying on the grid.
- Responsible Business Practices:В Build using local and recycled materials.В Employ local, empowered worker-owners.В Minimize use of toxic materials, use no herbicides, and maximize energy efficiency.
- Local Ownership and Micro-Financing:В Everyone must have the option to own their solar panels.В Promote a good price for selling responsible solar power to the grid, and low interest financing through public loan guarantees.
- A hand up for those who need it:В Support a non-profit that donates panels to low and middle income people, who then pass on their savings to solarize more homes.В This is better than subsidizing energy billsвЂ”teaching people to fish rather than giving a fish.
- We are independently owned with a voice for all members”, and follow responsible business practices.
- We are vendor-neutral and technology-neutral, supporting a level playing field for installers.
- We work with local designers, artists, and contractors, and seek partnership with local nonprofits, companies, and agencies.
- We follow responsible solar principles, going above and beyond existing rules to produce responsible green power.
- We work with the land and the urban environment at human scale to create a solar age we can be proud of.
- We respect farming and ranching ways of life, and past and future generations.
- We listen to the community, giving a hand up to those who need it.
- We support an open forum for all stakeholders, and an honest discussion of the trade-offs.
- We agree to respect one another, understanding that distributed energy supporters can have differing views on climate and energy development.
- We support excellence in our team by offering flexibility and giving every member a chance to make their best contribution