You get a share of the output from a local solar farm while earning a credit on your bill, lowering your electricity costs. Anyone with an electricity bill can tap into shared solar, not just the select few.
Our customers receive an average guaranteed savings of 15% on their electricity bills every month. Your savings percentage will be based on the solar farm you join available in your utility service area.
It doesn’t cost anything to join a community solar farm. Simply follow our sign up process to subscribe to a farm near you.
It doesn’t matter if you rent, lease, or own your home. By subscribing to community solar, you receive a portion of the output from a local solar farm without any installation at your home.
We have a variety of solar projects in the area. Each one can offer different options, such as the length of the contract, the energy price, the solar project location, and so on. The one rule with community solar is that you can only choose a solar project that is located within your utility territory. But, we can have multiple projects for you to choose from within one utility territory!
Get your share of a local community solar project in minutes! Once you find the solar project and plan that fits your needs, you go to our signup portal and fill out the necessary information, such as utility account number, service address, and payment info. If you have any questions as you’re signing up, feel free to reach out to us at (240) 284-6245, or chat with one of us online using our LiveChat feature at the bottom right-hand corner of the Neighborhood Sun website.
Once you’ve completed the signup process, we handle the rest! We’ll use your utility account number to pull your average electricity usage and then assign you a share of the solar project that will provide you with most of your electricity. For example, if you live in a one-bedroom apartment, your share of the solar project will be smaller than someone living in a 4-bedroom house. We then tell the utility company your share of the project, and then they put the amount of electricity coming from your community solar share on your electric bill in the form of “solar credits.”
Once you start seeing your community solar credits on your electric utility bill, you’ll start to see the savings roll in! The savings from using community solar is anywhere from 5-30% depending on your location and the projects available in your utility territory. It works a little like this: if your solar share produces 100kWh of electricity in one month, you’ll pay us for those 100kWhs, but at a rate lower than your utility’s standard offer rate. If we charge you 5% less than the utility rate, it would be like paying us $0.95 for $1.00 worth of electricity. You’ll see a full $1.00 worth of electricity on your utility bill, but only be paying $0.95 for it.
In brief, we are a local small business that cares deeply about the well being of our state, and work hard to provide a personal relationship with our customers. You guys are literally our neighbors, and we want to help you save money and go green. To see details related to our ties to the community, check out our Team page!
When you sign-up for solar through Neighborhood Sun, you are doing more than supporting local clean energy. You are becoming a member of a group that helps bring solar access to all, and that strengthens local communities in a variety of ways. There is no cost to membership – it’s free for all subscribers. But being a member is more than a title. First and foremost, we are your local champion protecting your rights. We are the first and hopefully only call you need to make if there are ever any issues with your account or other problems that need resolution. Our single most important goal is 100%-member satisfaction. We’ll stand up for your rights. To us, you’re not just a customer, but a valued member of our community.
Our Neighbor Benefit Fund is one of the (many) ways we work to support our community. We contribute money to this fund so low- and moderate-income residents can receive the benefits of community solar. As more people become community solar customers and join our membership, we can contribute more money to the Fund!
Community solar is NOT the same as rooftop solar. While rooftop solar requires that you install solar panels and equipment on your roof, community solar requires no installation, extra land, or repairs and maintenance. Community solar projects generate clean energy offsite that feeds into the pre-existing utility grid. The electricity produced can then be shared with customers in the community.
Yes – we promise! Typically, the price listed by the utility includes only the supply charge per kilowatt hour and does not include any of the distribution services. Our price for solar offsets both the supply and distribution charges. Additionally, our price discount is based on the actual utility price; prices can be higher or lower depending on the season. Your price will always be at least 5% below the utility so you can go green without breaking the bank!
Yes – We are compatible! Your bill will still be calculated like it always has been. The supply charges are still handled by your third party supplier and your distribution fees being charged by your utility company. Each utility displays the credits slightly differently. Refer to the example bills on our Resources page to find out more.
Some, yes! You can check out the Solar Farms page and see which solar farms are built and operational. You don’t have to delay in signing up, though – you can subscribe now. You will not be billed for anything until the project you signed up for is up and running!
Yes and No. The credits will be generated in your name, but you won’t see them until your utility company examines whether you are over or under. At that point you will receive a check for the balance on your account, including all of the solar credits generated in your name.
No! You only pay for the energy after you get it.
Not in most cases. All of our projects have slightly different terms, but they all have ways to cancel with no fees. Ask us about the details to find out more.
The contract states “The price set forth above does not include… utility fee[s] or charge[s]…”
Not because we have secret costs, but because utility fees don’t apply to our product! We’re not your new utility, we simply help cover your utility!
Neither. You pay based on the energy we generate. When we make more energy, we give more to you. When we make less, we give less. Your piece of the pie is decided at the time of signing and is intended to be most of your energy consumption in a year. We are able to adjust if you are getting too much or too little, just let us know!