Community Solar

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Solar power will soon be an option for anyone with an electric bill. Community Solar projects are becoming available across the Empire State, making the benefits of clean energy accessible to many New Yorkers.

What Is a Community Solar Project?

A Community Solar project is a group of solar panels installed in a sunny location. Anyone in the area can access the clean energy produced by the panels and get credits on their electric bills.

Unlike traditional Energy Service Companies (ESCO's) Community Solar projects offer local, clean energy that often offset a greater portion of your electric bill with predictable rates and terms. ESCOs purchase electricity on the open market for their customers, rather than having you buy it directly from your utility company. Your utility company then distributes the electricity to you.

Who Is Eligible?

You don’t need to be a property owner or even have a rooftop to join a Community Solar project. You just need to have an account with an electric utility and a desire to save.

This includes:

  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Condo Dwellers
  • Small Businesses
  • Large Businesses
  • Institutions
  • Municipalities

How Does It Work?

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1. Solar Installation

 Solar panels are installed in a sunny place in your area.

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2. Subscribe

By subscribing to a local Community Solar project, you’ll be helping bring clean energy to your area.

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3. Save

Energy will be delivered to you the same way it always has been, from your electric provider. You’ll be credited right on your electric bill for your portion of the Community Solar project.

Benefits of Community Solar

  • No solar panels on your roof or property
  • Saves you money on your electric bill
  • Clean, renewable energy for your area
  • “Pay-as-you-go” options may be available
  • Allows you to choose local power

Membership Types

Developers of Community Solar projects determine which plans are available. These are the basic options:

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Subscription Plans (more common):

  • Little to no up-front cash layout
  • “Pay-as-you-go” subscription
  • Different term options
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Purchase Plans:

  • You own the panels located in the Community Solar project
  • Financing options are usually available
  • Potentially greater savings over time
  • You may also be eligible for tax credits

Locate a Community Solar Project Near You

Some communities already have Community Solar. Many more will in the future. Use this map to find a Community Solar project near you.

After following the link above:

  1. Locate and click on the dot closest to your area
  2. Examine the dialogue box for the “Contractor” responsible for this project
  3. Contact the contractor for more details about this project by telephone or through their website

This map will be updated as more projects become available, so if you don’t see a project in your area, check back soon.

Explore your solar options, and learn helpful tips on the right questions to ask to keep you informed and supported.