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Enabling Community Solar in North America

Because of its distributed nature, solar is an intimate resource. But not everyone has the opportunity to invest in solar due to siting issues and cost. What about individuals who might want to own part of a solar system? Quite often in North America, that is a difficult option. In this podcast, we'll look at how that is changing as new laws are being created to encourage cooperative ownership of solar.

Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association talks about the importance of engaging citizens in the energy debate.

Author and Renewable Energy Advocate Paul Gipe outlines the benefits that the new Ontario Feed-in Tariff will bring to local communities.

Dana Hall, Energy Policy Coordinator at the Pace Energy and Climate Center describes the potential barriers to enabling larger amounts of community solar.

And Rachel Huang, Senior Project Manager at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District tells us about the utility's Solar Shares program.

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