Choosing a Community Solar Project

New Yorkers regularly receive offers from energy companies, many of whom are promoting solar energy, and it can be challenging to discern which companies are legitimate and which ones have the best offer for your needs. Below are our suggested steps to find the best community solar product for you.

  1. Do your research. Our Find a Community Solar Project tool can help you find projects in your area. Online reviews and customer references are excellent resources for getting background information on the community solar providers. Finally, before you choose a community solar provider, it is vital to confirm they are on New York State Department of Public Service’sLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. list of registered community solar providers.

  2. Learn how you can save. A New York State approved community solar project should save you money on your electricity costs—whether you purchase a share of the solar panels, or you subscribe to the electricity produced from the solar farm.

    If you decide on a subscription model, which is the most common option, it’s a good idea to look at several factors when comparing providers:

    • Length of subscription term
    • The potential or guaranteed savings for the length of the subscription
    • If any of the rates included in the subscription are fixed, variable, or promotional if those rates could change or increase over time
    • If there are any fees associated with cancellation.

  3. Review your contract. If your provider offers a purchase option, you’ll want to understand your return on investment and which tax credits are available to you. From the length of your contract, to early cancellation policies and late fees, your contract will have a lot of terms for you to consider. It's important to understand exactly what you're committing to before you sign the dotted line. Providers are required to show all the important terms and conditions on the Standard Disclosure on the first page of all community solar contracts. Make sure you review this important document!

Still have questions? Learn more about how community solar works.