What is Community Solar?

The U.S. Department of Energy defines community solar as “any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups. In most cases, customers are benefitting from energy generated by solar panels at an off-site array.” Customers have the option to buy or lease a section of the panels in the array. They likely will receive an electric bill credit for electricity generated by their share of the community solar, just as someone would pay for rooftop solar panels on their home. What are the pros of community solar? Because the panels are not installed directly onto one rooftop, a subscriber can move to a new home within the same utility service area and still benefit from their community share. This is a great option for people who do not own their homes or have insufficient solar resources for rooftop solar such as: trees shading the roof, small roof size, or financial reasons, etc. Community Solar lets subscribers save on their monthly electric bills while having a greener impact on the environment.

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