Q: WHAT IS COMMUNITY-SHARED SOLAR?
Community-shared solar enables anyone to tap into a solar power project in their neighborhood. You can subscribe to a portion of a solar farm nearby, and you get the benefits of green power without having to worry about whether your rooftop gets enough sunshine or needing to cover the cost of installing the panels. All you see are savings on your utility bill.
Q: WHAT DOES SOLSTICE INITIATIVE DO?
We are dedicated to helping every single household in America go solar. Here's how:
• First, Solstice Initiative works with developers to build community solar arrays in which everyone can easily participate.
• Second, we partner with community organizations like churches, workplaces, and schools to offer solar power to their constituents. Any home can sign up for community-shared solar —no rooftop or upfront payment required. When they do, we make a donation to the community organization that helped them enroll.
• Third, we ensure that homes that sign up start seeing a credit on their utility bill every month for the clean energy their solar portion generates.
Q: WHY DOES EVERYONE NEED ACCESS TO SOLAR POWER?
For three reasons. First, from an environmental standpoint, the United States will need to deploy extraordinary amounts of new solar capacity in order to decarbonize its economy.
Second, if only a few consumers have access to solar power, those who do not are left to bear the costs of rising energy prices. This is especially troublesome for a third and related reason.
That is, the people who are currently locked out of the solar market are those that need relief the most. These households spend a disproportionately large share of their income on energy expenditures and are therefore most affected by increases in electricity costs.
Q: WHY ARE SO MANY HOUSEHOLDS UNABLE TO ACCESS SOLAR POWER?
About 80% of American households are effectively locked out of the market for rooftop solar because they rent their homes, they have a shady roof or one that can't support the weight of a solar array, or they may have poor or insufficient credit.
Our mission is to bring solar to these 90 million households through community-shared solar.
When we do so, everybody wins. Those who cannot currently access solar power are brought into the market, more solar is deployed, and everyone saves on their electricity bills.
Q: HOW DO I SAVE MONEY BY GOING SOLAR? AND HOW MUCH CAN I SAVE?
With community solar, you generate credits on your monthly utility bill for any power that your panels produce. That means you're saving money from day one. Favorable government policies mean that participants save 10% on electricity, or roughly $100-$300 each year.
Q: IS COMMUNITY SOLAR COMPLICATED?
The beauty of this approach is that it's not. Under the Solstice approach, households no longer need to research if solar is right for them, have installers come to their home, or worry about selling their house or moving from the area. Going solar can, for the first time, become as easy as depositing money at the bank.