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.
Get a monthly subscription to electricity produced (kWhr) 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.
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.
Next Steps if You Sign Up
Depending on your location and project preference, a representative from ETM Solar, Nexamp, or DRS 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.
Community Solar Farm Developers
We have partnered with three community solar developers to offer you space in their solar farms. These developers were vetted through a competitive selection process for their companies’ work and reputation. If you live in Broome or Tioga counties you have the option to subscribe with Nexamp or purchase with ETM. If you live in Chenango, Delware, or Otsego counties you can subscribe with Delaware River Solar.
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 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 its integrated approach to community shared solar. After building over 20 community solar projects already in the Northeast, Nexamp is now bringing the most flexible, equitable, and compelling community solar subscription model to New York State. Nexamp aims to eliminate all barriers to community solar, making the environmental and financial benefits of solar accessible to everyone interested. There are no upfront costs and no credit check required to enroll, and no installation on your roof or property. Under Nexamp’s pay-as-you-go program, subscribers are guaranteed a 10% discount on credits to offset their electricity costs. This discount is guaranteed for the duration of your subscription and there is no termination penalty.”
From ETM Solar… “Our prime directive is to bring environmentally friendly solar power to as many people on planet Earth as possible. ETM designs and installs solar energy systems on residences and commercial buildings. We also install EV charging stations and ductless heating and cooling. And now, we are offering community solar to customers for purchase. There is financing available and purchasing your system leads to electricity costs that are 30% to 40% lower than what you were paying the utility. We pass the NYSERDA grant on to you as a discount off the system price shown below (locked in at $0.32/W) and you get to take the federal tax credit. Going solar has never been easier! ETM has been in business for 30 years, bringing solar power to the people.”
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.