Community Solar is for Everyone!

Clean, local solar power direct to your utility bill, sign up today!

Community Solar links your utility bill directly to a local solar farm, allowing you to go solar without installing solar on your home! You can either subscribe to a solar farm’s energy or purchase your own panels on the solar farm. There’s nothing to do but sign up! Your portion of the electricity produced on the solar farm is credited directly to your NYSEG utility bill each month. Any NYSEG customer can sign up: renters, homeowners, businesses, non-profits, low income residents, students, anyone who pays their utility bill. 

Subscribe

Get a monthly subscription to electricity produced (kWh) from the solar farm at a reduced rate compared to your current utility service. Receive locally produced electricity that benefits your community instead of the utility. 

Next Steps if You Sign Up

Depending on your project preference, a representative from Citizens Energy Corporation, will contact you to provide your estimated electricity savings. You can decide whether or not you want to participate in their community shared solar farm. If you decide to join the solar farm, they will need more information. This includes but is not limited to: your NYSEG account information to calculate your solar allocation and your bank account information for billing.

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  • Tell us if you have a preference to subscribe, purchase, or if you're unsure (that's ok too!)

 

Citizens Energy Corporation is a green energy non-profit that was founded by Joseph P. Kennedy II in 1979 with the mission to make life’s basic needs more affordable. For 40 years Citizens Energy has been committed to finding innovative ways to channel the profits of successful energy ventures into assistance and philanthropic programs that lower costs for families across the country and around the world. Citizens Energy is offering a new community shared solar program, JOE-4-SUN, that builds on its legacy by reducing the cost of electricity to households and by making the renewable energy revolution accessible to all. The solar array that provides the discounted electricity is located on Castle Creek Road in Chenango, NY. 

Program Highlights

  • 20% discount on electricity for an average annual savings of $200.
  • 3-year, no-obligation contract.
  • No income-income qualification or credit check necessary.

 

 

How does Community Solar work?

In 2015, the Public Service Commission enacted legislation called Remote Net Metering that allows individuals and businesses to benefit from solar power that is not on their property. Renewable energy produced off-site is measured and is credited to your utility bill each month. The end result is the same as if you had solar on your property. 

Why is it important?

Community solar is an important new step for solar energy for a number of reasons. In New York State, even homeowners struggle with converting to solar because 75% of rooftops are unsuitable for a system due to shading, orientation, and quality of the rooftop, among other issues. People who rent, for the most part, are not allowed to build onto their home. Others struggle with financing their individual solar project. 

This model allows an entire community to benefit from a solar farm. That includes those who rent, live in a multi-unit building, or live in an area where your roof just doesn’t get enough sun.

The solar market in New York State is strong. While not everyone is able to put solar panels on their roof, there are options for everyone to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and go solar today. Community solar, sometimes known as “shared solar”, is a great way to expand access to solar energy for all. Nearby solar farms use sunlight to produce electricity, and users can either subscribe to buy energy for their home or apartment OR purchase their own panels that stay at the farm.  Energy is delivered the same way it always has been, from the electric provider. You’ll be credited right on your electric bill for your portion of the shared solar project.