Case Study: Solar in Small Communities


The Solar in Small Communities: Columbia, MO case study examines how a medium-sized community can enable and encourage solar development in their community. The case study aims to share  Columbia’s efforts with other local governments as a testimony to the impact local governments can have on a state solar market. The primary focus is on the unique efforts that it has made using its municipal utility, which include creating a utility renewable energy standard with a specific solar target, authorizing net metering, offering solar rebates to customers, and pursuing solar PPAs with local commercial businesses and installations on city government property.

This case study was created as part of the N.C. Solar Center’s efforts under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. As a member of this partnership, the North Carolina Solar Center provides information and technical expertise to local governments interested in implementing solar programs and policies.

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