A community solar farm or garden is a solar power installation that accepts capital from and provides output credit and tax benefits to multiple customers, including individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other investors. Participants typically invest in or subscribe to a certain kW capacity or kWh of production.
HOW DOES SUNSCRIBER-BASED COMMUNITY SOLAR WORK?
You don't have to worry about installing solar panels on your rooftop.
You don't even need to own your roof (or have one). Single-family homes, apartments, renters, and condos can join.
You pay no upfront costs, maintenance, or insurance fees.
Electricity from the solar farm will always cost 10% less than the utility. No matter if your utility rates go up or down, the rate you pay will always be 10% less.
You don't need to switch your electricity generator. Whether your generator is the utility or someone else, you pay less.
To get started, you'll need your National Grid account number and annual electricity usage. Your account number is at the top of page 1 of your bill. Your electricity usage over the past 13 months is on the left hand side of page 2 of your bill.
COMMUNITY SOLAR PROVIDERS
Solarize Albany has partnered with Nelnet Renewable Energy and PowerMarket to provide the Capital Region with two options for signing up for Community Solar. Each partner has different community solar projects that you can sign up for. And both providers are offering a $200 sign-on bonus.
Nelnet Renewable Energy is an affiliate of Nelnet, a purpose-driven company started more than 40 years ago. We are committed to providing exceptional service, straightforward answers, and a seamless user experience for our customers and partners in renewable energy.
Founded in 2014 in Brooklyn, NY PowerMarket creates an opportunity for customers to choose from various clean local power producers. Staying local allows us to provide clean power cheaper than your old utility. It's farm-to-table energy, at a discount.