Community solar gives everyone the opportunity to share in the benefits of clean solar energy without rooftop installations.
Community solar is ideal for homeowners with shaded rooftops, businesses that don’t own their own buildings, churches and other houses of worship that cannot take advantage of tax incentives because they do not pay taxes.
Here’s how it works:
Solar arrays are built on rural land; typically non-producing farm land and other “brown fields” like quarries. The electricity produced on the solar farm goes into the local utility grid.
- Each month the utility credits the customers’ bills with the value of the solar electricity produced at the farm
- Each month the customers pay the utility or owner for the solar credits.
- Customers do not receive solar electricity directly from the solar farm . Rather, they benefit indirectly by increasing the amount of renewable energy the utility uses each month to supply all of its customers.