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Based only an hour outside of Boston Massachusetts, we are dedicated to providing Community Solar Solutions to not just MA, but also Maryland, New York and the greater New England area. Is Solar Power the right choice for you? We’d love to help you find out! Unlike most solar companies who only offer a single solution, Solar On Earth strives to identify the solution that best fits your circumstance.
How Community Solar Works
You’ve probably seen a solar farm alongside the interstate or other roadway. The developers of these farms have choices on who gets the energy generated. The options include selling it to the utility, a single large corporation, or local residents and businesses through a subscription model. The latter is how community solar works. People subscribe to a farm and receive solar credits on their utility bill. Subscribers then pay the owner of the community solar farm a discounted rate for the credits. The total of the two electric bills is less than a standard utility bill without the solar credits.
Many people wonder how the power from the solar gets to their home. The answer is it doesn’t. The power is added to power grid but not sent directly to a subscriber’s home. The utility company tracks the amount of power provided by the solar farm to calculate the solar credits issued. The only caveat is that the solar farm has to be located in the same utility zone as your property.
Community solar allows business owners and residential customers to financially benefit from solar facilities developed and funded by others. Qualified applicants become exclusive members without making any upfront investment.
Did you know?
- In most cases community solar represents the only option for people to participate in solar energy. That because for various reasons (i.e the roof needs to be repaired or replaced, there are shading issues, the roof is simply facing in the wrong direction).
- Most buildings can’t host a solar system.
- 43 states have community solar projects and as of 2018, together these projects totaled 1.3 gigawatts of power generation
- Over the next three years it is expected that the U.S. community solar market will grow by another 3 gigawatts – that enough energy to power almost a half million homes