Community Solar is a new program passed by New York, Maryland and other states that enables the public to support clean energy and save on their electricity.
Instead of installing solar panels on your home, you sign up to receive clean energy credits from a local solar project. The solar project generates clean energy that replaces fossil fuels. The credits from the project lower your energy bill each month. It’s that simple!
How does it work?
Join a Solar Garden
When you join a community solar farm, the community solar company reviews your annual electricity usage to assign you a share of a local solar garden. Then they communicate to your utility company that you will be receiving a portion of their solar garden’s production each month.
Credit on your electric bill
You receive your portion of power as “solar energy credits” that appear on your electric bill. Your credits offset the final balance you owe your utility for your electric consumption.
Save money – and protect the environment
After you receive your monthly credits, you’ll receive a bill from the community solar company for your subscription. They’ll charge you at a discount based on your credits’ value. You’ll save an estimated 10% of your annual electricity costs.