How Community Solar Works
Community solar programs were created to expand access to solar, including to people who have nowhere to put solar panels. It can help you save money on your electric bills, and supports local, renewable electricity generation.
How Community Solar Works
Community solar programs were created to expand access to solar, including to people who have nowhere to put solar panels. It can help you save money on your electric bills, and supports local, renewable electricity generation.
How It Works
1.
You pay for a subscription to a solar installation and continue receiving your electricity from the grid.
2.
The electricity from the solar installation is put on the grid. No panels go on your property, and no new wires run to your house or building.
3.
You get credit on your bill for the electricity generated by your community solar subscription.
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More about how community solar works:
Subscribe: You pay a community solar provider for a subscription to a solar installation. You usually pay-as-you-go for every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by your portion of the installation.
SUBSCRIPTION TYPES
Connect: The community solar installation is not connected to your house, but provides its electricity to the utility's electric grid.
Bills: Your utility continues to provide you electricity through the same wires it always has. You pay for all the electricity you consume, but also get a credit on your bill for the electricity generated from your portion of the community solar installation.
HOW BILLING WORKS
Savings: So long as the value of the utility bill credit is greater than the cost of your community solar subscription, you save money, while having helped make that community solar installation a reality!
Save: Only one entity can officially get credit for "going solar." This renewable energy credit is usually sold to the utility, allowing you receive a lower subscription price. So ultimately, it is the utility who "goes solar." But you still help support the development of local, renewable electricity generation.
PARTICIPATION:
Who Can Participate?
Usually any customer of the utility that runs the community solar program can participate. This includes:
  • Residences
  • Companies
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Organizations
Rules vary by state.
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Participation
Billing
You will get bills from both your utility and your community solar provider. The solar electricity production from your portion of the solar installation will be credited to you on your utility electric bill.
SAMPLE ELECTRICITY BILLS:
Standard Utility Bill
Utility Bill Only
Utility Bill
Electricity Consumed
Electricity Consumed:
700 kWh
Utility Electricity Rate
Utility Electricity Rate:
$0.13/kWh
Total
Total:
$91.00
Without Community Solar
$91.00/month
Billing With Community Solar
Utility Bill (With Bill Credit) + Community Solar Bill
Utility Bill
Electricity Consumed
Electricity Consumed:
700 kWh
Utility Electricity Rate
Utility Electricity Rate:
$0.13/kWh
Subtotal
Subtotal:
$91.00
Utility Bill Credit Rate
Utility Bill Credit Rate:
$0.15/kWh
Subtotal
Subtotal:
-$105.00
Total
Total:
-$14.00
Community Solar Bill
Electricity Generated
Electricity Generated:
700 kWh
Solar Subscription
Solar Subscription:
$0.14/kWh
Total
Total:
$98.00
With Community Solar
$84.00/month
Subscription Types
A subscription type is how you pay the provider for your community solar. Most subscription types are pay-as-you-go -- they require no money upfront, and save you money so long as your bill credit rate is higher than your subscription rate.
EXAMPLE PAY-AS-YOU-GO SUBSCRIPTION TYPE:
Increasing Price
In year 1, you pay an initial rate for electricity from your community solar subscription, and that rate increases at a specified percentage every year.
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Subscriber Agreement
Providers will require that you sign a contract to subscribe to their community solar installation. Crucial elements include costs and savings terms, the agreement length, and the transfer or exit terms.
SUBSCRIBER AGREEMENT CONSIDERATIONS:
Agreement Terms
Subscriber agreements typically last 25 years. Providers need long commitments to finance the community solar installation. Key agreement terms include:
  • Subscription Type
  • Contract Length
  • Additional Fees
  • Start Date
SUBSCRIBER AGREEMENTS
Exit Provisions
There are many ways you can exit or transfer a subscriber agreement, but some have fees. Key exit provisions include:
  • Transfer to Someone Else
  • Move Within Territory
  • Move Out of Territory
  • No Fault Exit (for example, death)
  • Other Exit
EXIT PROVISIONS
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