Community Solar Gardens is a statewide policy framework to encourage community ownership of solar projects in Colorado. The legislation allows utility subscribers to co-own solar arrays, opening up opportunities to renters as well as homeowners. Participants receive a credit on their electric bill for their share of the energy produced. Ten percent of the participants in each solar garden must be low-income. There are now multiple organizations developing solar gardens in the state including Sunshare in Colorado Springs, Clean Energy Collective in Carbondale and the Solar Gardens Institute. The Solar Gardens Institute, in particular, is working on financing opportunities for low-income participants.

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