Community Solar allows utility customers – homeowners, renters, businesses, non-profits and municipalities – to easily benefit from solar.
In Central Hudson territory, the New Windsor solar farm – the largest in the region – offers:
A local resident or business subscribes to a portion of the electricity produced by the solar installation, based on their electric usage.
The solar installation generates and delivers electricity into the local electric grid, producing bill credits which are distributed to subscribers.
Each month subscribers receive the credits on their electric bills, reducing their electricity charges, and are billed at a discount to the value of the credits.
Community solar is the sharing economy for renewable energy. Instead of installing a solar installation on your property, you subscribe to a large shared solar installation built in your utility service area. It costs you nothing to join, you save money on electricity, and you support new local renewable energy projects. Enjoy the benefits of renewable energy without the worry.
It costs nothing to join; in fact, you’ll save money on your electricity bill.
You should join a community solar project if you like saving money, love making a positive environmental impact, and want to participate in our transition to a sustainable energy system, without worry or hassle.
Renters, homeowners, small businesses operators, and places of worship are eligible. As long as your utility rate says residential, small non-residential, or religious, you should be able to join. And, as long as you’re located in the same utility territory as the project, you can join that project. There may be soft credit check requirements required by the solar developer.
Head here to get started by filling in some basic information like your name, phone number and zip code and to complete the enrollment process. We’re here to help, so if you have any questions or want some guidance, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 212-381-6097.
When you sign up for a community renewable project, you’ll get a share of a big project to meet your energy needs, based on how much energy you typically use. Each month as your share produces electricity, the amount of electricity generated is put on your utility bill in the form of a credit, deducting it from the amount you’d owe to your utility. Then, instead of paying the utility company, you pay the renewable energy project at a discounted rate, saving you money and directly supporting a local clean energy project.
While there is no cost to sign up, once your project starts generating electricity, you will receive a credit on your utility bill reducing your typical monthly payment. You then pay the renewable energy project for those credits at a discounted rate instead of paying your utility company, since your bill is covered. Let’s use a good example: Sarah signed up for community solar and is excited to start saving on her monthly utility bill. The solar project started generating energy on October 1, and on Sarah’s November utility bill, she saw a bill credit of $50 Nice! At the end of November, Sarah will then pay $45 to the project for the value of her $50 credit, saving 10%!
Yes! You can maintain your ESCO contract and still join a community renewable project. You can do both. Since you typically pay a little more with ESCOs, joining a community renewable project will allow you continue supporting existing renewable energy projects, while also saving some money and having a tangible connection to new a local project.
No! That’s the beauty of community solar. You get all of the benefits of clean energy without having to install anything at your home or business.
If you move within the same utility area, you can still be part of the project, just let us know so we can make the changes on your account. If you move to an area where we don’t have a project, you’ll unfortunately have to cancel your membership. If for whatever reason you want to leave, terms and conditions may vary depending on the project. It’s important to review your subscription agreement to see if there are any particular requirements. In most cases, you simply have to give a certain amount of notice so we can find someone else to take your spot.
Nope. You will have the same reliability that you have always had. Nothing will change except now when you receive your utility bill, you will see your bill credit applied, reducing your monthly energy costs. Your utility company still maintains the physical grid system, ensuring reliability, and delivering the electricity you use to power your home, business, or place of worship. We work with utilities to get more renewable energy on that grid system and transition to a more sustainable future.
Credits Applied: $0.00
Amount Due: $100.00
Bill With PowerMarket
Credits Applied: -$100.00
Amount Due: $0.00
Generated: 350 kWh
Amount Due: $90.00
It is good! It’s also true. You can directly support new renewable energy projects while saving money on electricity. The only downside is perhaps that for now, there is a two-step billing process where you get your utility bill with renewable energy credits, then pay for those credits at a discount. Fortunately, all of this is done electronically and can be set up to do automatically to make it as easy as possible.