WITH COMMUNITY SOLAR, GOING SOLAR HAS NEVER BEEN SO EASY.
+ WHAT IS COMMUNITY SOLAR?
Community solar allows you to subscribe to a portion of a shared solar garden in your area. You can switch to renewable energy without having to worry about whether your rooftop gets enough sunshine, decide if you want to install panels, or find a way to pay the upfront cost. With community solar, you stay with your current utility provider, but you see a credit on your monthly utility bill for the electricity your solar allocation produces. Best of all, you’ll see savings on your energy bill each year. Learn more here.
+ WHY CAN’T EVERYONE INSTALL SOLAR ON THEIR ROOFTOP?
Approximately 80% of American households can’t install solar on their rooftop—and there’s no single cause. One third of Americans can’t participate in solar energy simply because they rent their homes. Some have shaded, aging, or poorly-oriented roofs, while others cannot afford the upfront cost or have insufficient credit to get solar loans.
Our mission is to bring solar energy to these 90 million households, by making community solar as simple as possible and by working with our solar developer partners to offer deals that work for every American household.
+ WHY DOES EVERY AMERICAN NEED ACCESS TO SOLAR POWER?
Americans use more energy than the citizens of almost any other country, and we have the tenth highest per-person carbon emissions. This means that if we want to avoid the worst consequences of human-caused climate change, solar needs to go mainstream in America.
Fortunately, everyday Americans are on board with this transition, and overwhelmingly support solar energy. There’s only one problem: approximately four out of every five of us can’t install solar on our rooftops.
Community solar is already beginning to solve this problem, by bringing solar energy to households that don’t want to install solar on their rooftop, or whose rooftops don’t see enough sunlight to justify it. But beyond these factors, community solar has the potential to bring solar energy to the millions of Americans who experience financial barriers to going solar.
+ WHAT DOES SOLSTICE DO?
Solstice is a New England-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable solar to every household and organization in America. Our programming is centered around community outreach, education, and awareness-building. We believe that good information is the best way to help more folks switch to community solar.
- First, Solstice works with developers to build community solar gardens that are readily accessible to everyone in the surrounding area.
- Second, we help community organizations and homes plug into nearby community solar gardens and spread the word to their neighbors.
- Third, we ensure that our customers see a credit on their utility bill every month for the clean energy their solar portion generates.
+ HOW MUCH DOES COMMUNITY SOLAR COST?
With community solar, you don’t install anything on your property and you don’t pay any additional costs—in fact, you can save 5-15% on your electricity costs. For this reason, community solar is the most affordable form of solar energy.
+ HOW MUCH CAN I SAVE BY GOING SOLAR?
With community solar, you generate credits on your monthly utility bill for all of the power that your panels produce. That means you're saving money from day one. Depending on the project, you’ll save 5-15 percent on your electric bill, the equivalent of getting a month of electricity free, every year.
+ HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Signing up for community solar is simple—there’s no need to install anything on your property, and we’re happy to help you through every step of the process. Here’s how it works:
- You get in contact using this form.
- We help you understand your options for going solar.
- We help you estimate your monthly electricity usage and reserve the right amount of panels for your household.
- Your community solar farm starts generating electricity, and you see credits on your electric bill for energy that your allotment produces.
+ IS COMMUNITY SOLAR COMPLICATED?
The beauty of this approach is that it's not. With Solstice, households no longer need to research if solar is right for them, have installers come to their home, or worry about selling their house. Going solar can, for the first time, become as easy as depositing money at the bank.
+ WHAT IF I MOVE?
- If you are moving within the same utility area, you can stay in the program. All you have to do is provide us with some notice about your move , and we’ll make sure your savings transfer along with your utility account.
- If you were to move outside of the utility area, you would need to cancel the agreement.
+ CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I HAVE A THIRD-PARTY PROVIDER?
Absolutely! We are not a third party energy supplier, so you can participate and your savings will be calculated based on your energy supplier’s rate. You are free to change your supplier at any time, as this has no effect on your participation in the solar garden.
+ HOW MANY PANELS SHOULD I RESERVE?
When you sign up, we will help you reserve the number of panels that makes sense for your energy needs. This is based on an analysis of your average yearly energy usage from your past electric bills, and will allow you to see the maximum discount on your future energy use.
+ HOW DOES BILLING WORK?
Once you’ve reserved your panels and the solar garden has come online, you will begin to see the energy produced by the panels as a credit on your utility bill. Then, the project’s developer, who installs and maintains the solar garden, will bill you for this energy at a guaranteed discount compared to what you already pay the utility company (usually 5-15 percent).