Community Solar Program Design Considerations & Modeling Inputs

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Designing and modeling a community solar (CS) program is a complex process with numerous variable inputs that are interconnected. Modeling a CS program can be useful to inform the programs design itself while also providing stakeholders of all types with information. Accurate data inputs and assumptions are key to ensuring that a model is informative and as representative of real market conditions as possible. This report is an exploration of community solar program modeling considerations, especially as it relates to data inputs such as capital costs, administrative fees, and subscription size, using a CS program in North Carolina as a case study.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-89948


  • capital cost
  • community solar
  • distributed solar
  • modeling
  • program design
  • program fees
  • solar
  • subscription size
  • techno-economic models


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