Community Solar

Community solar offers local, clean energy that can often offset a greater portion of your business’s electric bill with predictable rates and terms without you having to install solar at your business.

Some areas already have community solar projects and many more will have them in the future, making the benefits of clean energy a possibility for more New Yorkers than ever before.

What Is Community Solar?

Community solar is a collective array of panels installed in an offsite location, which produces energy. Almost anyone in the area can access it and receive credits toward their electric bills.

Who Is Eligible?

To be a part of a community solar project, your business just needs to have an account with an electric utility.

How Do I Get Community Solar?

  • Find a community solar project in your area and ask about rates and subscription plans
  • Subscribe to a plan that works for your business
  • Save. Electricity will still be delivered by the utility, and your business will be credited for its portion of the community solar project right on the electric bill.

Benefits of Community Solar

  • You can go solar without having to install anything on your property
  • You save money on your electric bill
  • You’re supporting clean, locally generated power
  • You can pay-as-you-go with subscription options (if available)

Membership Types

Homes and businesses taking part in community solar are often called members, and community solar developers determine which plans are available to their projects’ members. The most common options available are below.

Subscription plans are more common. Their benefits include:

  • Little to no up-front costs
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Shorter term options

Purchase plans include benefits such as:

  • Ownership of panels at the community solar project site
  • Availability of financing options
  • Greater potential savings over time
  • Ability to take advantage of tax credits

Learn what questions to ask and find a community solar project near you.