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ccas vs green power vs community solar

Community solar vs. CCAs vs. green power plans: comparing alternative electricity options

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At EnergySage, we get a lot of questions about alternative ways to support renewable energy without putting solar panels on your roof. One of the easiest ways to do so is buying electricity from someone other than your utility company. But there are a lot of options out there, each one surrounded by a good deal of misinformation and jargon, making it somewhat difficult to weigh the pros and cons of each.

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agrivoltaics

Agrivoltaics: what is it and can it benefit your farm?

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The farming industry has been hit hard by the impacts of climate change. From increasing temperatures to severe droughts, farms are facing new challenges that will likely increase with intensity as climate change progresses. Fortunately, a new solution is arising that can both benefit farmers and help reduce emissions: agrivoltaics (also known as dual-use solar). 

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solar developers

Solar developers: what you need to know

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In 2020, the U.S. installed more solar than ever before – 19.2 gigawatts (GW) of capacity! And impressively, almost 70 percent of those additions came from utility-scale projects. The companies that build these projects aren’t the same type of installers you receive quotes from on EnergySage – while they technically install projects like residential solar companies, we in the industry most often refer to them as solar developers.

In this article, we’ll give you a quick overview of solar developers, the role they play in the solar industry, and highlight some of the top solar developers today.

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mast landing solar

Mast Landing Brewing Company saves money and protects the environment with community solar

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Homeowners, renters, and business owners alike can all look to community solar as a way to save energy and protect the environment. For Ian Dorsey, President & CEO of Mast Landing Brewing Company, community solar was the perfect solution to a long-term desire for his company: to reap the environmental and financial benefits from solar without an upfront financial investment that a small craft brewery can’t afford.

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Community solar billing: top 4 things to know

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If there’s one thing that’s less-than-appealing about community solar, it’s the billing process; there are a number of companies and steps involved, so it can be difficult to grasp exactly what will come in on that first monthly bill. To make it a bit easier, we’ve broken down the top four most important things to know about community solar billing: 

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misconceptions about community solar

Common misconceptions about community solar

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At EnergySage, we get a lot of questions about community solar. And that’s to be expected: community solar is a relatively new energy option for many states, and there’s a lot of misinformation about how it works. Well, we’re here to set the record straight – here are some of the top misconceptions about community solar:

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community solar options

Community solar: which project should you subscribe to?

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So there are a few community solar options available in your area – which one should you subscribe to? Whether you’re trying to decide between multiple community solar offers or considering just one, here are the most important questions to ask when choosing the right project for you. 

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cancelling community solar contract

Cancelling a community solar contract: what’s involved?

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In the past, long-term contracts have been a major barrier to widespread community solar adoption: 10, 20, or 25-year long agreements left many hesitant to subscribe, and understandably so considering how unpredictable the future is (2020 being the BEST example of that).

Fortunately, this has changed: community solar contracts today are much more flexible than they used to be, and many options allow you to sign up with no commitment and opt-out early for free. That said, there is still no standard when it comes to community solar cancellation policies – they can vary by project, utility, and community solar company, so it’s important to review the specific cancellation terms of your community solar agreement prior to signing on the dotted line.

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community solar seasonal savings

Community solar savings: why do seasons matter?

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Community solar is one of the easiest ways to save on electricity bills. However, as you compare your options, you’ll notice that most community companies won’t provide an average monthly savings estimate, and there’s a very good reason for this – truthfully, your bills and savings can vary quite a bit from season to season. We’ll dive into why below.

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