Community Solar Subscription Credit Considerations and Case Study

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Together New Orleans (TNO) requested technical assistance through the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP). The National Community Solar Partnership is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every U.S. household and enable subscribers and their communities to realize meaningful benefits, such as reduced energy burden, increased resilience, community ownership, and equitable workforce development. TNO asked for a subject matter expert from NCSP to review the Entergy New Orleans (ENO) proposed revised Rate Schedule for Community Solar Generating Facilities.TNO requested that the proposed methodology for subscription credits for applicable residential and non-residential rate schedules be reviewed to determine the expected credit rate. The aim behind the analysis is to provide TNO and engaged stakeholders with an informed understanding of the proposed rate schedule before making decisions on the appropriate rate design for community solar (CS) subscriptions. This report is an exploration of CS subscription credit rate calculation considerations using the CS program in New Orleans as a case study. The report provides a framework for modeling CS credit rates in addition to topics that may be helpful to address when undertaking program design or rule making.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-89307


  • case study
  • community solar
  • Entergy New Orleans
  • LMI Solar
  • low- to moderate income solar
  • National Community Solar Partnership
  • NCSP
  • net energy metering
  • photovoltaics
  • PV
  • rate design
  • solar
  • solar credit rate
  • subscription credit
  • TA
  • technical assistance


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