Community solar is an innovative way for anyone paying an energy bill to access solar energy. This model for providing lower cost solar energy has been gaining increasing popularity across the country and more recently in New York State. Community solar models can have a role in connecting community stakeholders to help increase the availability of renewable energy.
Among the many types of community solar models, we are focused on “shared solar” which includes systems that allocate the electricity of a system put in service to offset power consumed by multiple, individual businesses or households, participating in the program. Shared solar models allow multiple energy consumers to share the electricity and enjoy the benefits derived from one solar array.
There are ways to opt into the project that require no money up front, or ways to opt in that require a prepayment.
The way it works is that a household currently purchasing power from a utility, decides it wants to purchase electricity from the solar farm. They enter into a contract with High Peaks Solar to buy a certain amount of the solar farm output, offsetting what they consume from their utility. The “subscribed” annual production will vary slightly, but should be about the same every year. Each month, the utility company will read the meter at the site and credit all of the members electric bills with their allocated energy credits.
Learn more or sign up by calling ReWire Energy at 518-290-3130