Are you a renter? Home not suitable for solar? Don’t want panels on your roof?

Community Solar is made for you.

Are you a renter? Home not suitable for solar? Don’t want panels on your roof?

Community Solar is made for you.

Find community solar projects near you

Community Solar allows you to subscribe to a share of a larger solar farm located in your area. If you have an electric bill, you can support solar without putting panels on your roof – and save money!

Community Shared Solar FAQs

How is this different from rooftop solar?

When you buy into a community solar project, you receive a portion of the energy generated by a large solar panel system that is located elsewhere in your area. Unlike a home solar panel system, a community solar project isn’t installed on your roof. Community solar and rooftop solar both result in net savings on your electricity bill, but each offers distinct benefits. Compare them to find the right one for you.

How should I evaluate my options?

First, decide whether you’d prefer to own your share or find a subscription-based program. Ownership means you make an up-front investment in order to save money in the future, while subscription-based programs offer savings over a set period of time. There are a number of different subscription structures for you to consider when comparing community solar offers. Other considerations include the location of a project and how soon it will begin delivering savings.

What if I move or have to cancel?

When you move, you can keep your share of the community solar project as long as your new home is within the same service area. If you move outside of the service area, you will have to sell your share (if you own it), transfer a subscription to another account, or potentially pay an early cancellation fee (if you choose a subscription-based model). Cancellation terms vary by project and provider.

How does it save me money?

Community solar saves you money by allowing you to invest in solar panels that produce electricity for your home or business, even when you can’t install them on your roof. When you participate in a community solar project, you are paying for access to less expensive solar electricity so that you don’t have to buy electricity at standard utility rates.

How will it appear on my electric bill?

If you own a share of or subscribe to a community solar project, you will receive virtual net metering credits on your electric bill from your utility. Each credit is equal to one kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. For example: you use 1,000 kWh at your home in one month, and your community solar share produces 800 kWh. The 800 kWh in credits from your share are applied to your electric bill, and your utility bills you for the remaining 200 kWh. You pay your community solar provider directly for the cost of your share or subscription.

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Bolton Orchards Community Solar Project

We are converting an unusable gravel pit into a solar farm, serving both Bolton Orchards and local homes - and saving them money.

Project Location: Bolton, MA

Project Launch Date: Q4 2016

Customers Served: National Grid customers in West-Central Massachusetts

Bolton Orchards Product

Offer: Save up to 10% on energy bills

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

Arlington Church Project I

20 kw local solar system supporting energy savings for a local Arlington church.

Project Location: Arlington, MA

Project Launch Date: Q4 2016

Customers Served: Eversource customers in Massachusetts

Arlington Church Project Panel

Offer: Pay $325 upfront, estimated $367 gross savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

Term Length: 10 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

Nationwide Community Solar

Large ground mounted community solar project built in southern Colorado that is able to serve customers in most US states.

Project Location: Rocky Ford, CO

Project Launch Date: Q4 2016

Customers Served: Most customers of large utilities around the United States

Portable Panel

Offer: Pay $360 upfront, estimated $450 gross savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

Term Length: 15 years

Cancellation: No Fee

Hancock I - Northwest Field Community Solar Project

Built near historic Hancock Shaker Village, we are bringing community solar and long-term savings to Western Massachusetts.

Project Location: Hancock, MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) customers (now Eversource)

Syncarpha Community Solar Product

Offer: Save up to 10% on energy bills

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

Minnesota Community Solar Gardens

SunShare makes it possible for anyone to access clean, locally produced solar energy while lowering your electricity bill.

Project Location: Various, MN

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: Xcel Energy customers in most counties within Minnesota

SunShare Community Solar Product

Offer: No upfront fee, save 4% easily

Contract Type: Fixed Rate + Escalator

More Info: No cancelation fee or penalty with notice

Term Length: 25 years

Cancellation: No Fee

More Info: No cancelation fee or penalty with notice

Plympton Solar Project

A local community solar garden with the ability to provide a 10% discount to your electric bill.

Project Location: Plympton, MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: Eversource customers in Southeast MA

Plympton Lake St.

Offer: 10% discount on electricity

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Mendon Solar Project

A local community solar garden with the ability to provide a 10% discount to your electric bill.

Project Location: Mendon, MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: National Grid customers in Southeast MA

Mendon Bates St.

Offer: 10% discount on electricity

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Hopedale Solar Project

A local community solar garden with the ability to provide a 10% discount to your electric bill.

Project Location: Hopedale, MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: National Grid customers in Southeast MA

Hopedale South Main St.

Offer: 10% discount on electricity

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Sturbridge Solar Project

A local community solar garden with the ability to provide a 10% discount to your electric bill.

Project Location: Sturbridge, MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: National Grid customers in West/Central MA

Sturbridge Hare Rd. A

Offer: 10% discount on electricity

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

WCMA Solar Project

A local community solar garden with the ability to provide a 10% discount to your electric bill

Project Location: West/Central MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: National Grid customers in West/Central MA

Solar for the 100%

Offer: 10% discount on electricity

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Flat cancellation fee if no customer replacement found

Hancock II - Richmond Road Community Solar Project

WMECO customers can save 10% on energy and support local solar.

Project Location: Hancock, MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) customers (now Eversource)

Syncarpha Community Solar Product

Offer: Save up to 10% on energy bills

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

Hancock III - Pittsfield Community Solar Project

Subscriptions are limited, so sign on today to support community solar and save, WMECO customers.

Project Location: Pittsfield, MA

Project Launch Date: Q1 2017

Customers Served: Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) customers (now Eversource)

Syncarpha Community Solar Product

Offer: Save up to 10% on energy bills

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

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