Bringing Solar Down to Earth
What is Community Solar?
Community solar allows business owners and residential customers to financially benefit from solar farms developed and funded by others. Qualified applicants become exclusive members without making any upfront investment.
Subscribers who enroll in community solar earn solar credits in their utility bill and over the course of one year, typically save about 1 month of free electricity.
What Makes Community Solar Farms Different?
The essence of community solar is the people it supports. With community solar farms, everyone can support the renewable energy movement and benefit financially from the expansion of solar power.
What are the benefits of Community Solar?
You’re Going Green
Some or all of your electricity is now generated by a solar farm rather than from a plant that burns fossil fuels like coal or oil.
Save Money Year After Year
Savings are cumulative. As utility rates rise – and time has proven they do – the value of your savings increase year after year.
No Investment Necessary
The solar farm owners cover all expense. That means that your only financial responsibility is to continue to pay your utility bills.
Not a single piece of equipment needs to be installed on your property to take advantage of the dollar savings from community solar.
Qualifying for Community Solar
While community solar is open to everyone, not everyone is eligible to become a subscriber. Solar farms have minimum requirements that must be met before someone can subscribe to them for solar credits. We can help you determine whether you meet these requirements and find the best solution to meet your needs.
How Community Solar Farms 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 bills. 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 homes. The answer is it doesn’t. The power is added to the 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.
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.