Chapter 4

Beyond Community Solar: Aggregating Local Distributed Resources for Resilience and Sustainability

Kevin B. Jones
Erin C. Bennett
Flora Wenhui Ji
Borna Kazerooni    Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, United States


This chapter explores how community solar has helped community members source more of their energy needs from clean local resources, while acknowledging that this model falls short of allowing communities to achieve more complete energy sustainability or energy resilience. The chapter explores community alternatives to develop distributed energy resources and examines the community choice aggregation models in Marin County, California; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Westchester ...

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