Community Solar

Delivering on the promise of community solar.

Utilities are evolving the renewable energy options they provide their customers, including increasingly introducing community solar (sometimes called shared renewables) programs. 3Degrees has offered community solar program design, subscription forecasting, program implementation, and marketing and customer acquisition services since 2012.  We work with utilities on issues such as:

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Facility sizing and
location

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Forecasting sales and subscriptions

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Customer acquisition
and retention

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Billing
integration

Risk mitigation
strategies

 

Regulatory  and stakeholder engagement

Whether you are looking for a turn-key program, or assistance with designing or implementing discrete components of a compelling community solar program, we have the skills and experience to help.

The Evolution of Community Solar

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Mid 2000

At first, community solar was just that, small groups of neighbors building a local solar project and sharing the energy output.  These projects were almost always interconnected with the utility, but usually initially conceived without utility input or active participation.

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2010

From humble beginnings, community solar has expanded, particularly in states such as Colorado where regulations create financial incentives for participating customers.

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2014 - present

Today, there are many varieties of community solar operating in fully regulated states and those states with retail choice.  Facilities are owned by community groups, third party developers and utilities.  Increasingly utilities are launching programs which convey real benefits to customers and also hold non-participating customers harmless; this can be done through careful rate design and risk mitigation strategies.

What makes us different

  • Silent partners: Built from the ground up to support our utility partners’ brand, we take pride in only offering white-label service to regulated utilities.  Your customers will never hear the name 3Degrees, by design.     
  • Expert advice: We are experts at Green-e.org and FTC guidance on marketing renewable energy and our utility partners have frequently been recognized for award-winning marketing campaigns.  When you partner with 3Degrees, our fifteen years of experience in marketing renewable energy to businesses and residential customers becomes your fifteen years of experience.   
  • Flexible & full support: From regulatory and stakeholder engagement, to customer acquisition and retention, 3Degrees can either support or lead any aspect of conceiving, launching and operating a successful voluntary renewable energy program.   

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