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After five years from the date this paper was published, a community-based solar initiative is applying the Solar Hosting Farm concept in Colorado Springs via Clean Energy Collective. Click on the link below for information on this initiative.

http://www.easycleanenergy.com/Shownews.aspx?ID=ce6a2c24-d7ce-42f7-bcb1-2723247487bc

Per an article in the NY Times, the Solar Hosting Farm concept is starting to become a reality. Provided below is a link to that article.

"Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed"

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/business/energy-environment/buying-into-solar-power-no-roof-access-needed.html?ref=business

While those barriers fo exist and your solutions are good. There is also the possiblity of portable solar power systems for people who live in apartments.

Its great to see the increased use in home solar panels, the only problem most people have is the start up cost. The government here in Australia has had a solar scheme implemented - however sadly it was thrown out. I am glad to see just by driving around a lot more houses to have them - which is positive but i wish our government would help. I did hear what happened to Solyndra recently, i hope that issue can be overcome quickly for you guys.

I think the government should give tax incentives to solar farm owner's because it's clean way to produce energy without the pollution of oil and others sources of energy, and to make solar farm a lot of investment is needed. That's an issue to think about it.

I saw your comments at:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-solar-grand-plan#comments

Two of the main objections are storage and transmission. The project they talked about, if I remember correctly, included a new direct current line, as well as water-filled caverns. But then maybe it won't apply as much because that was a huge project that was proposed, covering much of Arizona.

So I guess the main question would be how this energy would be delivered.

I do read a lot of articles usually at http://www.eurekalert.org/ and I am heartened by the continual progress made in the technology for solar panels.

Very interesting article. I would like to hear more about the mechanics of how SHF customers benefit. Does the utility pay the SHF and, in turn, the SHF distributes these proceeds on a pro rata basis to the customers? This process was not discussed clearly enough.

I agree that addressing these barriers is an essential part of increasing the use of solar energy. I would appreciate a bit more information on what the operation of the Solar Hosting Farms would look like. Specifically, how would private residences or businesses connect to their grids, and perhaps more importantly, what would they charge for hosting fees. I imagine demand for this type of alternative energy source would be extremely high. If this high demand leads to high hosting fees, as it likely will, then this has the potential of boxing out a large proportion of the household from accessing the hosting farms. Doesn't this risk making SHFs a niche market? Is there a short term sollution to this problem, or does it just require waiting for supply to catch up with demand?

Hi Mark,

My apologies for not responding to your comment sooner. I may be reached at rmarshall at sbcglobal dot net.

Ray Marshall

Very Interesting...I have been researching doing exactly what you are talking about. As you stated there are several barriers to overcome but these barriers can be overcome. Please contact me as I would like to speak to you on my progress.

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