Community shared solar is expanding rapidly as a model ownership structure for solar PV. By offering customers an option to purchase or lease part of a larger solar array instead of having to purchase the entire system, the model greatly expands participatory opportunities to a large new market segment of citizens and customers, with very low or no cost to local government. Source - http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/downloads/community-shared-solar-expansions-underway-solar-america-communities
NREL Report, A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-Profit Project Development: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/49930.pdf
Green tariffs, also known as green riders, allow a business to contract with a utility for the construction of a new renewable energy project, while also paying its share of costs for the use of existing infrastructure to back up the project. The utility gains a benefit as well, by recovering its reasonable costs, charging for traditional power, building the customer base, and encouraging further economic development. http://www.wri.org/sites/default/files/green-tariff-design-final.pdf. See also - http://www.wri.org/print/43939
MORE FUNDING INFORMATION
Department of Energy
Description: The Energy Department supports a number of grant, loan and financing programs. Learn more about these programs and how they can help you -- whether you are a startup energy business looking to launch a pilot project, a company with proven technology that needs help reaching commercial scale, or a state, local or tribal government looking for funding resources for energy projects.
Environmental Protection Agency
Description: Financing Program Decision Tool — Helps choose the best program(s) for a jurisdiction from among the following options:
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Credit-Enhanced Private Loans
Energy Efficient Mortgages
Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) / Solar Leasing
Small Business Administration
Description: a listing of state, local and regional programs that help small businesses become energy efficient. These programs offer financial assistance in the form of grants and loans for making energy efficient upgrades. Grants are also available to firms developing energy efficient technology. These programs also offer free or low-cost technical assistance to help small business owners conduct energy audits and implement energy efficient technology.
Description: After addressing energy-efficiency opportunities available in your facility, you may also want to consider renewable energy. Renewable energy refers to electricity supplied from energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and biomass.
Mississippi - http://www.maine.gov/energy/grants/energy-resources.html
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) - state and local governments can sponsor PACE financing for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural energy efficiency, renewable energy production, water conservation projects. PACE pays for 100% of the project's costs and is repaid for up to 20 years with an assessment added to the property's tax bill. PACE financing is attached to the property upon sale and can be added to rental costs. States that have active PACE programs include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin.
Description: The Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide is intended to provide up-to-date information on grants, programs and plans that may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors.
Description: technical assistance for energy projects
Description: For-profit small businesses located in New Mexico qualify for technical assistance from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories in the form of research hours.
Description: Launched by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, the Small Business Voucher Pilot will match selected clean energy for-profit U.S. based small businesses with experts from the national labs and give the businesses vouchers valued at $50,000 to $300,000 that they can exchange for national lab technical assistance or use to fund collaborative projects. Vouchers can be used for R&D in advanced manufacturing, bio-energy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, water, wind, and vehicles.