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For all the boom in residential solar (and it is impressive), a lot of people are excluded from getting in on the homemade energy game. They don’t have the right roofs (only about a quarter of homes are suitable), or maybe they’re renters. In all, only about 15% of people are in a position to install panels, and that’s assuming they can afford them.
What’s everyone else supposed to do? One answer could be “community solar”–an increasingly popular alternative to self-installation. Community solar is when, instead of putting up your own panel, you buy one at a local collective, and let an outside organization–a utility, developer, or non-profit–look after it. No roof required.