We know you might be thinking that community solar sounds too good to be true. To be forthright, when we first learned about community solar programs, we thought the same thing! How could it be possible that customers could subscribe to a local solar farm development and receive bill credits just for doing so? We understand. It is a hard concept to grasp. Not to mention, what does it really mean to subscribe your electric meter to a local solar farm. How does that energy get to you? Are you really consuming that power directly? There are many questions. In this article, we will break down what we have learned and explain how community solar has benefitted many of our energy customers.

Solar, Is It For You?

 

Solar energy is becoming more and more of a desirable energy source but not everyone can reap the benefits from solar power. There are some who are unable to purchase solar panels for their rooftop due to economic reasons. Others may not be able to participate in solar panels because their roof is not situated where the sun is shining which is a basic requirement for solar. Additionally, those who rent or live in multi-family dwellings traditionally have been excluded from enjoying the benefits of solar electric production. 

 

Times Are Changing

 

As an alternative to solar panels, community solar fields are being built in an attempt to provide equal access to solar power for all their customers. States with community solar options available are committed to producing 100% carbon-free electricity over the next 25 years while consistently lowering the utility bills for everyone.

 

How To Benefit

 

Community solar installations are designed and built on large land parcels which typically are leased from the landowners. Once installed, potential customers are presented with all the benefits of joining the community solar project with financial savings and environmental awareness being two of the most desired reasons for participating. Customers who choose to become involved purchase a subscription to the community solar field and receive monthly credits on their utility bill for their portion of the overall power generated at the community site. The subscription costs are usually low or non-existent so participation is very inviting.

 

Too Good To Be True?

 

Enrolling in a community solar program with the benefits of cleaning up the environment while saving money may sound too good to be true but it is not. Subscription plans allow everyone to help reduce their carbon footprint, potentially save 10-15% on their utility bills and do so without jeopardizing the aesthetics of their home all at no cost to them. Choosing to enroll in a community solar program is a great option for everyone. Not every state has community solar available but as more and more states become involved and more families sign up and receive energy credits the healthier our environment and our pocketbooks will become.