INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (WWLP) - A recent Bloomberg report predicts that solar power will overtake wind-generated electricity for the first time this year, and one local organization is trying to make solar energy even more available.
The New England and New York-based organization Co-Op Power is hoping to change the way we use solar energy.
Right now, solar energy access comes from large energy company-owned solar farms, such as the one that opened in Indian Orchard in 2011.
Co-Op Power wants to create community-owned solar farms that are paid for by local supporters. Under their plan, the electricity goes to the power companies who, in return, issue energy credits to the community members who own a stake in those solar farms.
"It can be decentralized, and we believe it's perfectly positioned to be locally owned and bring our communities a sense of energy security,” Tim Holcomb of Co-Op Power said.
Because not every home can have solar panels positioned on the roof, this community based option helps to provide solar energy to those who might not be able to have it.
Co-Op Power’s first community solar program launched in 2012 in Brattleboro, Vermont, and they hope to expand in western Massachusetts.