The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) marked its one-year anniversary last month with the addition of nine new members. The U.S. community solar trade association says it now represents an even-larger cross-section of project developers, manufacturers, financiers, legal experts and advocates.
“Community solar is on the rise across the country,” says CCSA Executive Director Jeff Cramer. “We’re excited to see so much enthusiasm for community solar from so many leading companies and organizations and encouraged by the growing support for effective policies that will support its adoption nationwide. In the last year alone, we have seen total installed capacity of community solar nearly double, and significant progress made to open new markets, including Maryland, New York, Hawaii and others in the coming year.”
CCSA says its nine new members include Borrego Solar, Distributed Sun, EWT, AES Distributed Energy, Westwood Professional Services, Relay Power, Lever Energy Finance, Solstice and GRID Alternatives. Solstice and GRID Alternatives are also CCSA’s first non-profit members.
“The continued growth of community solar is a testament to the strong consumer demand for local, affordable, clean energy options and the direct engagement of our members in promoting the policies necessary for successful development,” says CCSA Board Chair Hannah Masterjohn of Clean Energy Collective. “We are gaining visible momentum and making important progress toward our goal of ensuring access to solar for all. We’re enthusiastic about building upon these successes as we start year two.”