E&E News discusses Community solar: A ray of hope in the gloom?
As energy companies of every stripe cope with the novel coronavirus distress, there’s one small segment that has a compelling pitch: solar power at home, no visit required.
Community solar is a fast-growing sector that offers residences and businesses solar in the form of shares in a common solar farm, rather than inviting strangers to install solar panels on the roof. Could it thrive in an era of social distancing?
The economy is so uncertain right now that even the companies that build and market these projects are hesitant to declare they’ll prevail.
But one indication speaks loudly at a time when millions are out of work: They’re hiring.
Two companies — Arcadia Power Inc., based in Washington, and Nexamp Inc. in Boston — said they are adding significantly to their staffs. That’s an enviable status in a time where clean energy jobs are in free fall (Energywire, April 8).