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If you've been thinking about signing up for community solar soon, it might be because you'd like to reduce the environmental impact of your electricity use. Or, you might be hoping to save money on your monthly electricity bill. More likely than not, it's probably a little bit of both! When it comes to saving money through community solar, you'll accumulate savings over an entire year. In this article, we'll provide a breakdown of what you can expect to save by signing up for community solar. 

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Key takeaways

  • Community solar savings are not always instantly reflected in your monthly electricity bill – your savings depend on when you sign up due to the variability in solar production during different seasons.

  • Most community solar customers see savings ranging between 5 and 15 percent of their annual electricity costs.

  • Your community solar savings depend on a few factors, including where you live, what projects are available in your area, and your current electricity costs.

  • Ready to start saving with community solar? Get started today on the EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace by comparing projects near you.

Community solar farms are large solar projects that generate enough electricity to power several homes and businesses on the grid. These community solar farms, also known as community solar projects, allow subscribers to purchase a share of the electricity they generate at a discounted price to offset the electric bills they receive from their local utility. 

As a subscriber, you'll receive credits for the energy produced by your share of the community solar farm, and these credits will be put towards your monthly electricity bill, reducing what you owe. For more details on the ins and outs of community solar and how it works, check out this article. If you're confused about how these savings work, don't worry – we have you covered!

Community solar usually takes at least one billing cycle to be reflected in your electricity bill, but you might not see savings immediately. When you subscribe to a share in a community solar farm, you aren't signing up for a set discount on your electric bill but on the energy you purchase from the community solar project. Whether you have a fixed electricity rate structure or a fixed value on bill credits, the amount you save is based on how much energy the community solar project generates. Solar panels produce more power in the summer than in the winter; your community solar bill will reflect that. 

Most people save between 5 and 15 percent on electricity costs annually, which will vary seasonally. You'll always generate and pay for more credits in the summer than in the winter. If you end your subscription before you can use the excess credits your share generated in warmer months, you won't get the full benefit of the savings potential of community solar. Through virtual net metering, community solar allows you to receive net metering credits for the electricity your share of the community solar farm produces. Like net metering for rooftop solar power, virtual net metering policies allow households or businesses to receive the net metering credits associated with a renewable energy project installed at a remote location.

There are three different models of community solar – fixed discount on bill credits, fixed discount on electricity rates, and ownership – and your savings will differ depending on which you're participating in. 

Fixed discount on bill credits

With a fixed discount on bill credits structure, you will receive a set percentage discount on your electricity bill independent of how much electricity costs in your area. Most EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace projects offer a fixed, 10 percent discount on bill credits. We'll get more into what saving looks like with this model below.

Fixed discount on electricity rates

With a fixed electricity rate structure, your savings will depend on how much your community solar company charges per kilowatt-hour (kWh) and your utility company's current electricity price.


This model allows participants to purchase a select number of panels or a portion of the community solar project. When you buy into a community solar project, you'll get electric bill credits from all the power produced by your solar panels.

To learn more about community solar subscription structures, check out this article.

The community solar projects available through the EnergySage Marketplace are all fixed discount models. You receive a fixed (usually 10 percent) discount on the total value of the solar bill credits you purchase toward your utility bill. Here's an example:

Utility bill and community solar bill savings with community solar.

In this example, your share of the community solar project generated $100 worth of electricity credits, which were sold to you at a 10 percent discount, resulting in a $90 charge on your community solar bill. However, all $100 of those credits were applied to your $120 utility bill and subtracted from the total cost you were charged by the electric company, reducing your utility bill to only $20 and saving you a total of $10 on your monthly electricity costs. These savings may increase or decrease based on the season and electricity usage. To take a deeper look at your bills when you sign up for community solar, check out this article.

Let's take a look at what a few different people could save with community solar, based on the average electricity bills of typical home sizes and a fixed discount on the credits model:

Average savings with community solar based on home size

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Apartment (1,000 sq. ft.) $720 $576 10% ($518.4) $662 $58, or 8% of annual bill
Condo (1,500 sq. ft.) $1,080 $900 10% ($810) $990 $90, or 8.3% of annual bill
House (2,500 sq.ft.) $1,800 $1,320 10% ($1,188) $1,668 $132, or 7.4% of annual bill

*variable based on the project

Remember: community solar will demonstrate its savings power over multiple months, and you'll be able to note your actual savings from community solar once you have been subscribed for a year. Solar power generally produces more electricity during warmer, sunnier months and has lower production levels during the winter. Community solar is not exempt from this. Your community solar credits may accumulate during the summer, but they will roll over month to month if you have more than you can use, and you will be able to use them during months when solar energy production is not as high.

EnergySage is the nation's leading online solar marketplace: using the EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace, you can compare local options, get a quick community solar savings estimate, and seamlessly subscribe to an open project in your area. Over 10 million people visit EnergySage annually to learn about, shop for and invest in solar. Compare your community solar options today to see how much you can save.

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