University Park Community Solar is an LLC formed by a group of residents to increase the use of solar power and reduce carbon emissions. Their first project installed a 22 kW system on the roof of University Park Church of the Brethren. The LLC sells electricity to the church at below-market rates and through net-metering receives payments from the local utility for any excess electricity that the church does not use. The LLC model allowed the investors to take advantage of federal and state incentives that a non-profit, like the church, could not access. The LLC also earns money by selling its solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs).
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