The short answer:
Community solar is the service of subscribing to an off-site solar farm in your area.
Solar farm is just a fancy way of saying large scale solar installation, there are no chickens.
(Sometimes there are goats, but that's another story!)
The long answer:
Here are 5 things to know about community solar.
1: Anyone can sign up.
- Rooftop solar isn't for everyone. Maybe your roof is too shady or you live in an apartment & can't purchase solar panels.
- When these scenarios happen, community solar is the next best option.
- Business and office buildings can even sign up! Pretty cool.
2: No upfront costs.
- When you subscribe to a community solar project, there is no upfront cost.
- You do not own the solar panels & they do not get installed on your property.
3: You can save money!
- Even though you don't own the solar panels, you get some of the financial benefits!
- You can expect to see a 10-15% discount on your monthly electric bill.
4: The clean energy does not technically come to your home.
- Example: Let's say you live in Brooklyn, NY and you sign up for a community solar project operating 10 miles away. The electricity does not get routed from the farm to your specific home. It just enters the grid.
- While you may not be directly consuming that clean energy, you are generating more LOCAL clean energy and saving money. That's amazing.
5: Dependent on your local area.
- Sadly community solar projects are not everywhere yet, it really depends on your area.
- You might have to wait a few months before a project opens up in your area.
Local solutions are the best.
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