Maryland is the latest state to adopt a community solar program, and a review of the program rules shows that the state is serious about getting community solar right. It meets at least 3 of the 4 principles for a good program from our Beyond Sharing report on community renewable energy.
Harnessing the sun’s energy will be increasingly important in Colorado as temperatures continue to escalate. From 1977 to 2006 statewide temperatures have increased about 2°F, reveals the report Climate Change in Colorado by the Western Water Assessment.
And there’s no cool down in the long-term forecast.
With no shortage of sunny days, Colorado added 144 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity to the grid in 2015, for a total of 542 MW. That’s enough to power nearly 103,000 homes.
From a national standpoint, Colorado now ranks 12th in the U.S. in terms of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects installed, climbing up one spot from 2014, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Today, there is enough solar energy online in Colorado to power the entire city of Boulder—if everyone lived in separate houses.