Grist: A city in Washington State has found a way around the problem that stops most people from installing solar panels on their houses – cost. Ellensburg is launching its own community solar ‘garden’.
Rather than cough up the estimated US$30,000 to install their own solar panels, residents are being asked to pay what they can above $250. The money has allowed the city to build ten solar arrays on a sunny block of land next to a major highway, and already has plans to build six more arrays, ten concentrating solar collectors, and eight small wind turbines.
Since being built in 2006, the community solar project now delivers an average of 102,000 kilowatt-hours of solar power into its grid each year – enough to completely power about ten average U.S. homes – and has raised more than $100,000. Read more here.