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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Arcadia Power National Grid Community Solar

(Arcadia Power)

Community Solar that all can qualify for

Project Location: National Grid Territory

Project Launch Date: May 1, 2018

Customers Served: National Grid NY customers

Arcadia Power National Grid Territory

Offer: Community Solar project available for National Grid customers in New York. 5% discount over normal retail electric rates. No cost to sign up and no cancellation fee.

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 20 Years

Cancellation: No Fee

Arcadia Power NYSEG Community Solar

(Arcadia Power)

Community Solar that all can qualify for

Project Location: NYSEG Territory

Project Launch Date: May 1, 2018

Customers Served: NYSEG customers

Arcadia NYSEG Territory

Offer: Community Solar project available for National Grid customers in New York. Enjoy a 5% discount over normal retail electric rates. No cost to sign up and no cancellation fee.

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 20 Years

Cancellation: No Fee

Arcadia Power RG&E Community Solar

(Arcadia Power)

Community Solar that all can qualify for

Project Location: RG&E Territory

Project Launch Date: May 1, 2018

Customers Served: RG&E Customers

Arcadia Power RG&E Territory

Offer: Community Solar project available for RG&E customers in New York. 5% discount over normal retail electric rates. No cost to sign up and no cancellation fee.

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 20 Years

Cancellation: No Fee

Community Solar New York City

(Community Power Partners)

Community Solar project for ConEd customers in Zone J, New York City

Project Location: New York City

Project Launch Date: May 1, 2018

Customers Served: ConEd customers located in Zone J. Residential or Religious EL1 or Small Commercial EL2 Accounts

3 Year Term

Offer: 3 Year term provides customers with a 12% discount off the retails rate for the energy purchased. A $100 cancellation fee for those cancelling in the first year of this agreement. No cancellation fee after the first year.

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 3 Years

Cancellation: Flat Fee

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Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Community Solar

(Nexamp Inc.)

Nexamp is a veteran-founded solar company with over a decade of experience in the Northeast. Our community solar program, Solarize My Bill™, requires no credit check and no upfront costs, so it is available to nearly anyone who wants to save money and support solar.

Project Location: Newfield, NY

Customers Served: NYSEG customers in Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Seneca, and Yates counties.

Solarize My Bill

Offer: 10% discount to NYSEG rates

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

More Info: Credits from your solar allocation will directly offset your electricity costs, and you pay Nexamp only $0.90 for every $1.00 credit. There is no cost to enroll and you may adjust your allocation during the term of your enrollment.

Term Length: Pay-as-you-go subscription, up to 20 years.

Cancellation: No Fee

More Info: Credits from your solar allocation will directly offset your electricity costs, and you pay Nexamp only $0.90 for every $1.00 credit. There is no cost to enroll and you may adjust your allocation during the term of your enrollment.

Catlin Community Solar Farm

(Renovus Solar)

Renovus Solar constructed the first community solar farm in NY just a few short years ago. We are a local company, with more experience than any other solar firm in New York state, maintaining and optimizing community solar arrays.

Project Location: Catlin, NY

Customers Served: NYSEG customers in Central NY.

Catlin Community Solar Farm

Offer: Up to 100% offset of your electric bill depending on capacity.

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Renovus offers an ownership-centric community solar model. You own your panels, and all the electricity produced by them. This energy is then credited directly to your utility bill, offsetting up to 100% of your cost.

Term Length: 25-year guarantee

Cancellation: No Cancellation Allowed

More Info: Renovus offers an ownership-centric community solar model. You own your panels, and all the electricity produced by them. This energy is then credited directly to your utility bill, offsetting up to 100% of your cost.

Denver 3 - Xcel Energy

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Denver, CO

Customers Served: Xcel Energy customers in Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties

Denver 3

Offer: Reduce or eliminate electric bill and gain long-term savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Yampa Valley Electric Association

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Craig, CO

Customers Served: Yampa Valley Electric Association customers

Yampa Valley Electric Association

Offer: Reduce or eliminate electric bill and gain long-term savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Term Length: 50 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Arapahoe 2 - Xcel Energy

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Aurora, CO

Customers Served: Xcel Energy Customers in Arapahoe, Adams, Denver, Jefferson, and Douglas counties

Arapahoe 2

Offer: Reduce or eliminate electric bill and gain long-term savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Green Mountain Power

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: West Haven, VT

Customers Served: Green Mountain Power customers

VT- GMP

Offer: Reduce or eliminate electric bill and gain long-term savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Term Length: 50 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Vermont Electric Co-Op

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Alburgh, VT

Customers Served: Vermont Electric Co-Op Customers

Vermont Electric Co-Op

Offer: Reduce or eliminate electric bill and gain long-term savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Term Length: 50 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Financing options available.

Nueces Electric Co-Op

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Orange Grove, TX

Customers Served: Nueces Electric Co-Op Customers

Nueces Electric Co-Op

Offer: Reduce or eliminate electric bill and gain long-term savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants.

Term Length: 25 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants.

Black Hills Energy

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Boone, CO

Customers Served: Black Hills Energy Customers

Black Hills Energy

Offer: Reduce or eliminate electric bill and gain long-term savings

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Recently discounted rate!

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

More Info: Can re-sell panels to qualified participants. Recently discounted rate!

Minnesota Community Solar Gardens

(SunShare)

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

Project Location: Various locations in Central and Southern Minnesota.

Customers Served: Xcel Energy customers in Central and Southern 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

Finger Lakes Community Solar Farm

(Renovus Solar)

Renovus Solar constructed the first community solar farm in NY just a few short years ago. We are a local company, with more experience than any other solar firm in New York state, maintaining and optimizing community solar arrays.

Project Location: Orange, NY

Customers Served: NYSEG customers in Central NY.

Finger Lakes Community Solar

Offer: Up to 100% offset of your electric bill depending on capacity.

Contract Type: Pay Upfront

More Info: Renovus offers an ownership-centric community solar model. You own your panels, and all the electricity produced by them. This energy is then credited directly to your utility bill, offsetting up to 100% of your cost.

Term Length: 25 years

Cancellation: No Cancellation Allowed

More Info: Renovus offers an ownership-centric community solar model. You own your panels, and all the electricity produced by them. This energy is then credited directly to your utility bill, offsetting up to 100% of your cost.

Orange and Rockland Project

(NRG Energy)

Multiple community solar projects now available to all qualified residents in the counties of Orange and Rockland, New York. Sign up to lock in rates for the next 20 years.

Project Location: Orange and Rockland Counties, NY

Customers Served: Orange & Rockland (O&R) utility customers

New York Local Community Solar

Offer: Savings on electric bill

Contract Type: Fixed Rate + Escalator

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

Central Hudson Project

(NRG Energy)

Multiple community solar projects now available to all qualified residents in the Central Hudson Valley (south of Albany) of New York. Sign up to lock in rates for the next 20 years.

Project Location: Central Hudson area, NY

Customers Served: Central Hudson Gas and Electric (CHG&E) utility customers

New York Local Community Solar

Offer: Savings on electric bill

Contract Type: Fixed Rate + Escalator

Term Length: 20 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

CEC's Central Hudson Gas & Electric Projects

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Cairo, Medusa, Saugerties, and Walden

Customers Served: All Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers

CEC's Central Hudson Gas & Electric Projects

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 25 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

CEC's Orange & Rockland Projects

(Clean Energy Collective)

Since establishing the country’s first community solar array in 2010, CEC is responsible for the development of more than 100 RooflessSolar™ projects with 27 utility partners across 12 states, serving thousands of customers.

Project Location: Chester, Deerpark, Port Jervis, Middletown, Washingtonville, and Westtown

Customers Served: All Orange & Rockland customers

CEC's Orange & Rockland Projects

Contract Type: % Discount on Electric Rate

Term Length: 25 years

Cancellation: Transfer Required

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