"Investment in solar projects and programs can bring energy independence, profitable value creation, and empowerment to the communities that fund and implement them. But impact investing is creating opportunities in other areas of community development as well, and is an all-around powerful force for internal development by self-interested communities.
Traditionally, money pooled from large groups of people to fund community and public programs has fallen under the responsibility of the municipal or federal government in the form of taxes. However, this mechanism for public funding is deficient because “investors” (taxpayers) have no choice in whether, how much, or for what purpose they pay taxes. Not only are taxpayers forced to pay, changing a productive community investment to an imposed regulatory requirement, they cannot prevent their payment from going toward something they don’t support."