Solar for Everyone. But what is Community Solar?
A community solar garden provides electricity that is shared by multiple households and businesses. The public is offered an option to participate in the program by the local utility company and will enjoy the benefit of paying a lower price for their electricity via credits on their bill.
Community solar arrays, also referred to as solar gardens, provide access to a renewable energy program that benefits the community in multiple ways, including saving on energy bills, creating jobs and providing clean energy that reduces harmful carbon emissions. Households and businesses can participate without installing panels on their rooftops or property.
Certainly the most significant benefit of the Solar Smart Community Solar program is that it provides everyone an opportunity to lower their Utility bill. Many people that rent or live in homes not suitable for a solar installation now have a chance to participate in Community solar.
In addition businesses, government, institutions, schools and others all can subscribe to a Community Solar program in their local area and through their subscriptions customers will receive credits from the utility. This locally produced Community Solar power will lowering their utility bills and provide abundant, renewable, clean energy for many years into the future.
Additional benefits, including the following:
Once a customers subscribes to a Community Solar program they will be provided credits that can be applied against their local Utility bill. This will have the net effect of lowering reducing the Utility bill by 5% to 15%.
Many people that rent or live in homes not suitable for a solar installation now have a chance to participate in Community solar. In addition businesses, government, institutions, schools and others all can subscribe to a Community Solar program
Since Community Solar systems are now being developed with significant battery storage and are evenly distributed throughout the Utility territory they can offer a backup source of energy during emergencies.
In many cases and especially when rooftop solar is installed the homeowners is required to provide e a large upfront investment. With shared solar, most often, subscribers pay month-to-month for the energy produced by the array.
The solar industry is a great joy creator and is creating employment faster than most other sectors of the economy. With the significant increase in investments, recent developments in battery storage and solar system designs solar is the future of energy.
The Solar Smart program offers local communities an opportunity to provide clean, abundant, renewable energy to everyone. When customers subscribe, to community solar, they are reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.