Installing solar panels on one’s roof is not the only way to “go solar.” One can also become a part of community solar, which is a community solar project designed to be a part of a shared community of solar panels. Benefits include reducing community electric bills, saving a lot of money and being more financially inclusive, and having flexible options to donate or sell your shares. You can apply an ownership or subscription-based model. Anyone is eligible, so contact your local government website for more information.
- Community solar projects are solar panel systems that have multiple owners, including homeowners, consumers, renters, and businesses.
- Net metering allows community solar customers to lower their monthly electricity bills.
- Community solar programs allow participants to share in both the costs and benefits.
“You’ll hear community solar projects referred to as solar co-ops, community solar gardens, and community solar farms.”