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 utility bill each month. Anyone 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 (kWhr) from the solar farm at a 10% discount off your current utility rates. Receive locally produced electricity that benefits your community instead of the utility. 

Purchase

Just like rooftop solar, except the panels are on a community solar farm. Own a section of the panels, receive tax incentives and rebates, and get energy credited to your bill. While purchasing is more money down, you own the panels, so you save more in the long run.

Both options allow you to maintain your solar agreements if you decide to move within your electricity load zone. If you live in Load Zone C you can sign up to purchase panels with Renovus or Subscribe with Nexamp. If you live in Load Zone E you can subscribe or purchase with Delaware River Solar. 

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Complete Pricing Packet

We have community solar farm options in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga counties. If you live in Broome or Tioga counties you have the option to subscribe with Nexamp or purchase with Renovus. If you live in Chenango, Delware, or Otsego counties you can subscribe or purchase with Delaware River Solar.

Community Solar Farm Developers

We’ve partnered with three community solar developers to offer space in their solar farms. These developers were vetted through a competitive selection process for their companies’ work and reputation, and their commitment to turning on projects for everyone who comes in through our campaign by May 1, 2018. They’ve also promised our campaign that if something happens out of their control and they can’t turn on by that date, everyone will be offered the option to opt out at no cost.

From Delaware River Solar… “Delaware River Solar is a Community Solar developer. Our mission is to expand solar energy production in New York State and offer clean, renewable, locally produced power to anyone who wants it, without installing solar panels on your roof or property. We’ve been working hard for two years identifying sites for our solar farms and coordinating with the local communities to ensure solar development is of benefit to everyone – the municipalities, the customers, and the environment. We’re proud to offer Community Solar across New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) territory and to partner with RenewableNY for this Solarize campaign.”

From Nexamp… “Ranked among the Top 3 Commercial Solar Developers in the country by Solar Power World, Nexamp is leading the transformation to the new energy economy with proven solutions for the deployment and operation of solar energy assets. Our comprehensive capabilities span the entire solar project lifecycle – from project development, design and construction, through financing, operations and maintenance. Our integrated, best-in-class solutions make solar energy simple and profitable for our clients and community solar partners.

With a rapidly expanding network of property owners, businesses, communities and residents benefitting from our growing portfolio of solar assets across the US, Nexamp and our partners are laying the groundwork for a cleaner, more energy independent future.”

From Renovus… “Since 2003, Renovus Solar has designed and installed thousands of renewable energy projects throughout New York. We build exceptional solar systems for homes, businesses, and communities that save money and provide reliable performance for decades. Renovus’ experience with these systems is extensive, and we have a reputation built on quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service, and solar industry innovation. We’re New York State’s leader of community solar development and are one of the area’s most trusted and recommended local energy service providers. The new project will support 70+ jobs.”

How does it Community Solar work?

In 2015, the Public Service Commission enacted legislation that allows people to benefit from a solar farm on their utility bill with something called Remote Net Metering. RNM, as it is abbreviated, allows for you to have a solar panel within your load zone and have the energy that is produced from it credited to your account, rather than the solar panel having to be directly connected to your home.

Why is it important?

Community Shared Solar is an important new step in the field of 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.