Cities can provide research, recommendations, and stakeholder coordination to improve community solar development in their local context. City staff may conduct research on ownership models, subscription models, financing options, etc. to help design a successful program. From this research, cities can then publish results and findings and provide recommendations that could be used by other parties to develop successful programs/projects.
A city may also help with coordination of development among site owners, major off-takers, developers, and project managers. This coordination can help spur project aggregation and lower costs.