How it Works

Community solar lowers your electricity costs and supports local renewable energy.

You get a share of the output from a local community 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.

Reduce Your Power Bill

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.

Easy Sign Up With No Fees

It doesn’t cost anything to join a community solar farm. Simply follow our sign up process to subscribe to a farm near you.

No Panels At Home

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.

Our process is easy.

Think you may qualify for Low- or Moderate-Income benefits?
Learn about our S.H.A.R.E.™ Program here.

Frequently asked questions.

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.

First, our farm produces energy. Then the utility company puts that energy on your bill, reducing what you owe. When the utility tells us how much they gave you, we bill you with the discount added!

Find more information on our Resources page.

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!

Visit our YouTube channel here and view our video on signing up for community solar with Neighborhood Sun!

 

Email us at [email protected] and we’d love to answer any additional questions you might have.

Need another reason to join?

Neighborhood Sun is a Certified B Corporation with the highest B-Corp rating for community solar companies in the country. 

Want to speak with a real human?

You can book a call at a time that’s convenient for you or simply give us a ring!

Schedule A Call

(240) 284-6245

Also, please check out our Resources page for additional information.

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