Your local regulatory context will determine the ways in which your city can support a community solar project, so understanding your local regulations and utility programs is a critical initial step. Cities that are able to partner closely with their utility to design a new community solar program will typically have the most flexibility in determining what roles the city government can play. Cities served by municipal utilities and electric cooperatives are, in particular, in an ideal position to optimize community solar economics. Cities may, alternatively, be able to utilize programs that have been created in response to state community solar legislation or take advantage of programs independently offered by their utility. If none of the above apply to your city, you can still work to create opportunities by engaging your local utility or advocating for a new state-wide community solar legislation.
The following resources provide state-level information on community solar policies, which may help you clarify your local context.