We wrote this Community Solar FAQ page to help answer your questions.
If you don’t see your question listed, feel free to email us, and we can include it in a future release!
How much does it cost to enroll in community solar?
For the other solar companies that didn’t write you an excellent Community Solar FAQ? Who knows.
For us? Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nada.
You’ll still receive a power bill, but you’ll pay a contractually guaranteed lower amount. The savings range from 10% to 30%, depending on your state.
Can I receive the benefits of community solar if I rent?
Yes, this is one of the main objectives of community solar programs.
Relying only on homeowners to go solar may leave us short of reaching our climate goals. However, since no construction occurs on your property, we can bypass the need for homeownership. This makes community solar an attractive option for renters.
How long does it take to enroll in community solar?
It only takes a few minutes to complete the community solar signup process online.
Once the signup process is complete, there may be a lag time of a few months before your assigned community solar farm project goes live and becomes turned on.
So once the community solar project goes live, then what?
You’ll start receiving renewable energy savings credits on your utility bill.
You will only pay for a fraction of the value of those credits, depending on your state.
This results in contractually guaranteed, automated monthly savings on your energy costs.
How do I get a low and moderate-income community solar energy credit?
If your home qualifies as low and moderate-income, you can receive a larger discount on your energy costs. In many states, every community solar project must set aside a certain amount of space for low and moderate-income homes.
Do you require community solar payment info upfront?
Sometimes, but not always. However, community solar payment regulations vary state by state.
Due to recent changes, we do have some community solar enrollment options that don’t require payment information. We’ll work with you to ensure you understand every step before you take it.
Does community solar enable clean energy grid additionality?
Our solar community projects do enable grid additionality.
Some community solar companies advertise “clean energy” and then buy RECs on your behalf.
But that’s not what we do.
With every enrollment, your decision to switch to community solar creates and expands more solar farm projects to support a transition to a fully clean and renewable energy grid.
There has to be a catch. What’s the catch here?
We have an environmental crisis to address, and it costs the government less money to subsidize a small part of your bill to incentivize you to switch than it does to pay for the long-term costs of climate change.
You can save a percentage off your monthly energy costs if you switch to renewable energy as a subscription service. It’s simply that easy. And the savings are guaranteed.
What does it cost to cancel my subscription?
Canceling your community solar subscription is free with 90 days’ notice.
However, in some cases, there are early cancellation fees up to $200 without 90 days’ notice.
Will my bills increase if I switch?
No. Community solar will never be the reason why your bills increase.
The costs of energy have been slowly increasing for years. In fact, the cost of energy in the United States has doubled over the last 20 years. If your electricity usage increases, your energy bills will reflect that, but no matter what, community solar programs will never be the reason you pay a higher energy bill.
What happens if I don’t choose community solar?
If you stick with coal, natural gas, and fossil fuels, you will be at the mercy of your utility company and international markets.
You will need to pay whatever they say dirty energy costs, even if energy inflation keeps increasing yearly.
How will this impact my rate or my energy supplier?
Community solar has nothing to do with your energy supplier or the rates you pay for electricity. Instead, it’s a free opt-in program that gives you a renewable energy savings credit on your bill, guaranteeing a lower electric bill.
What states do you offer community solar subscription enrollments in?
We offer coverage to the following states: Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Coverage zones within each state may vary by zip code. We are constantly adding more, so check back for updates!