As an example, Madison Gas and Electric (Madison-area power utility) recently launched a community solar program called Shared Solar. MG&E customers were given the option to participate in the program for a buy-in fee that varied depending on the customer’s desired level of participation. This buy-in fee also allowed customers to pay a set rate for their solar power for 25 years. The Shared Solar program sold out, and MG&E built the solar array through an arrangement with the City of Middleton on the roof of their new Municipal Operations Center building. The Shared Solar program has been considered a success and is currently generating power for over 250 customers.
While there are many different community solar models, the following questions are designed to gauge overall local interest in this type of program for Shorewood and nearby residents.