October 6, 2021

How does community solar works?

Only 8% of U.S. household roofs install solar panels. The other 95 % of us, including tenants and owner-occupied properties, may look into community solar.

The objective of the community solar provider has always been to provide everyone with access to clean energy, regardless of where they live. The goal is for solar energy to expand solar access to every house in which they reside. The benefits of community solar are endless.

Community solar is a booming industry. The idea of it is simple: individuals and businesses can purchase shares in a community solar project, and receive credits for the power generated by that project. But how does this work?

Community solar programs are more affordable than traditional options, which can help to reduce your monthly electricity bill. You also have the opportunity to offset up to 100% of your electricity usage.  

Why should you consider going solar

The community solar model has quite a few benefits, which can make it an attractive option for people who are trying to go green or save some money on the monthly electric bill.
The community solar program is also a great way to finance new renewable energy projects for rural areas that don't have the population density to support community-based economies.
Community solar power creates jobs and economic growth. This community investment model is rooted in community values and supports local economies. The community solar model creates jobs and jobs in rural and low-income communities and helps to revitalize the economy.

The community solar power model is an outgrowth of community activism that shapes market development, defining what gets built next. It's not just about powering homes - it's about investing in the community. With community solar power, we can all buy into a brighter future together.

Common misconceptions about community solar.

As community solar is a fairly new alternative energy model, it's not always easy to find information on the topic. Here is a quick list.

COMMUNITY SOLAR MYTHS

  • community solar is not available in my area
  • community solar is only for large corporations, I cannot participate
  • community solar will increase my electricity bills
  • I don’t own my house, so I can’t go solar.
  • Community solar is the same as rooftop solar.

How much can I save with community solar?

By 2021, community solar will save Americans a total of $1.25 billion to $2.3 billion on their power bills, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

This community solar guide is a great starting point to explore community solar options for your community or business. Although the savings may vary from state to state, community solar typically offers a reduced bill compared with traditional electricity.

Who is eligible for community solar?

You are eligible for community solar if you want to use community solar power, This is true even if you are renting your home. There are community solar projects designed specifically to serve Homeowners & Renters, Businesses, Schools & Hospitals, who might need community solar power to offset their electricity usage. 

How to find community solar projects near you:

Here is a list of some of the best online resources that can help you find a solar community in your area.

  1. You see if a community solar project is available near you, simply select your utility company on the site nyserda.ny.gov, and it will show you projects operating in your area.
  2. Contact your local utility company for information on sponsored community solar companies
  3. Talk to community solar providers. You may contact as many providers as you want to determine which subscription is ideal for you.

We are currently developing community solar programs in the following states: New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. If you live in any of these states, contact us to be the first to hear about a project in your community.

Conclusions

Community solar is an attractive option for many people, including renters. The community solar power model creates jobs and economic growth in rural communities by revitalizing the economy. With community solar, we can all buy into a brighter future together to save money on our electric bill,  reduce carbon emissions while supporting community values that are rooted in local economies. If you're interested in a community solar subscription but don't have any projects available near you or want some help finding one of these programs, feel free to contact us! We'll be happy to answer your questions about community solar and provide more information on how it may work for your situation.