Despite the declining costs of solar, one of the biggest barriers to community solar development is the, at times steep, upfront cost. Especially for low income families, large up front costs can be difficult to cover yet those same people have the most to gain from a smaller energy bill. That’s one of the reasons why on bill financing is vital to the success of community solar programs.
Connexus Energy found that their original $950 price tag did not attract much engagement from their membership. After nearly a year, close to two thirds of the panels were left unclaimed.