The unique model would put utility bill savings from solar installation into a fund to help residents cover expenses such as medical bills or college tuition.
Massachusetts-based EnergySage announced the soft launch of its community solar marketplace earlier this month.
State regulators dealt a setback to solar developers last month, but some think it could become a blessing in disguise.
After backing competing clean energy bills, solar advocates and developers have reportedly united behind a small, short-term funding extension proposal.
Solar synergy: How good timing and partnerships propelled a suburban D.C. county to its clean power goal
Arlington County, Virginia, will cover at least 80% of electricity for its operations from a 120-megawatt solar farm that it will share with Amazon.