Category Archives: Community Solar

Articles & advice about community solar power, community solar gardens & shared renewable energy plants.

Benefits of community solar

Benefits of community solar

As solar becomes increasingly affordable and accessible, there’s never been a better time to go solar, and community solar is a great option for those who might find it difficult or impossible to install solar where they live. There are a few major benefits to note if you’re on the fence about signing up – we’ll take a look at each of them in this article.

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community solar incentives

The best community solar incentives

Are you itching to jump into the ever-expanding solar market, but unable to do so because you don’t own your home? Or maybe you’ve been told that rooftop solar is just completely out of the question for your home? Well, you’re in luck because there is still a way for you to start benefiting from solar energy: through community solar. While you won’t save quite as much as with rooftop solar, there are still many reasons to sign up for community solar – and savings is just one of them! In this article, we’ll look at some of the incentives available to community solar subscribers.

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after community solar sign up

What happens after you sign up for community solar?

If you’ve already signed up for community solar (congratulations, by the way!), you may be wondering: what happens now? In addition to saving on your monthly electricity bill, there are a few important things to expect when you start tapping into your local community solar project. In this article, we cover the most important things for you to know when it comes to getting started with your subscription, billing, and more.

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What will your electricity bill look like with community solar?

If you’re considering subscribing to a community solar project, it’s probably safe to assume that one of your primary motivations is to decrease your electricity bills. Fortunately, most subscribers see 5-15 percent savings on their yearly electricity costs with community solar. Whether you’re starting your research or just signed a contract with a local community solar project, you’re likely curious what your monthly electricity bill is going to look like now. In this article, we’ll answer that question and clarify some of the finer details of what being a community solar subscriber looks like.

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community solar developers

Community solar developers: what you need to know

If you’re hoping to reap some of the benefits of going solar without physically installing panels on your property, community solar might be the right choice for you. Community solar projects are large, central power plants whose electricity is shared by multiple properties – but who exactly develops these projects and how are they developed? In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about community solar developers. 

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Community solar growth states

Which community solar markets are heating up?

Historically, community solar has been the most popular–and most accessible–in four key states: Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. But excitingly, more and more states are jumping on the community solar bandwagon, and new projects continue to pop up each year.

So, what markets are heating up for community solar? And which states can we expect to take the plunge next? 

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community solar companies

Community solar companies you should know – and how to choose one

If you’re looking to save some money on electricity costs, community solar is a great option. While you’ll save less over time than if you install solar on your property, signing up for community solar allows you to enjoy some of the benefits of going solar without any upfront investment – it’s also a great option if you’re a renter or don’t have a suitable roof for solar! 

When you subscribe to a community solar project, you’ll pay your project’s provider a discounted rate for the energy generated through your subscription – but who are these project providers? And how do you choose one? In this article, we’ll explain how to evaluate community solar companies and some of the companies you should know about. 

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The Coalition for Community Solar Access: what you need to know

Going solar is a great way to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels – while saving money! But what about the almost 80 percent of Americans who aren’t able to install solar on their properties? Whether you’re a renter, have a heavily shaded roof, or don’t want to invest in a solar system, there’s an alternative solution that can still allow you to reap the benefits of solar energy: community solar. The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) is an organization dedicated to expanding community solar and making it more accessible across the U.S. In this article, we’ll explain the importance of this coalition and what you need to know about them.

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Arcadia Power community solar program review

Community solar provides access to solar for residential electric customers who otherwise would not be able to install solar panels on their property. To date, though, community solar has not seen the same levels of adoption as residential rooftop solar. We conducted a Q&A with Arcadia Power to learn more about how their new community solar offering helps lower barriers to participation. 

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CleanChoice Energy vs. Community Solar

EnergySage’s Community Solar Marketplace vs. CleanChoice Energy’s Clean Electricity: which is right for you?

While rooftop solar is a great way to lower your electric bill and support clean energy, it leaves out a key group of people: renters. According to the most recent Census Bureau data from 2019, renters encompass about 36 percent of households in the United States – and that number doesn’t include homeowners who don’t have full control over their roof because they live in a multi-family dwelling. If you fall into this category, the good news is that solutions exist for you to support clean energy, and some will even save you money. In this article, we’ll compare two alternatives to utility electricity: EnergySage’s Community Solar Marketplace (herein referred to as community solar) and CleanChoice Energy’s Clean Electricity (which we’ll call Clean Electricity). 

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