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Webinar: Is a community solar garden subscription right for your local government?

Community Solar Gardens can be an excellent opportunity for cities, counties, and other local governments to get involved in solar energy and engage community members. Some have already taken action, but many are still wondering whether or not a subscription is the right fit for their local government.

To answer their questions, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) staff ran a webinar to provide an overview of community solar and then dig into the details that can help local governments make decisions.

Webinar Recording

Click play below to watch the webinar, and scroll down further to find the slides and other tools from the event.

Want to jump to specific content? Here are timestamps for our three speakers:

  • Start: Community Solar Garden Overview (includes description of Xcel Energy’s Solar Community Program) – Lissa Pawlisch, Director, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
  • 20min: Subscription Pricing Risk and Savings (includes overview of Community Solar Garden calculator, what to look for when comparing offers like Escalator vs. Fixed Rate) – Trevor Drake, Metro CERT Co-Director
  • 33min: Contracting Terms (includes Termination, Liability/Insurance, Data Practices) – Peter Lindstrom, CERTs Local Government Outreach Coordinator
  • 48min: Key Contacts
  • 49min: Answers to questions asked during webinar

Presentation Slides

Page through the slides from the webinar below or click here to download as a PDF >>

Solar Garden Tools

During the webinar we talked about many tools, all of which are available on the CERTs Community Solar Gardens resource page. Specifically, we used a new calculator tool that allows you to compare multiple offers; click here to access that tool.

Click to use subscription comparison tool

Community Solar Gardens are centrally-located solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that provide electricity to participating subscribers. Could it work for you?

Are you interested in going solar but unable to do so on your own? Perhaps you live in an apartment, have a shaded roof at home, or don’t have space at your organization.


Where do you want to start?


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