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Community Solar Basics

Written by Faith Foushee/

Edited by Jamie Cesanek

Last updated 10/05/2023

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Key Points

  • Community solar helps customers save on electricity bills while supporting local solar farms.
  • The number of states and utilities in the U.S. supporting community solar programs is increasing.
  • Joining, transferring, or canceling a community solar subscription is easy and flexible.

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Community solar FAQs

  • Community solar can help lower your electricity bills because solar energy is less expensive than traditional electricity. The savings are given to you as credits on your utility bill. Also, participating in a community solar program supports clean energy goals in your area and is a great opportunity for homeowners who do not want to purchase a solar system outright. 

  • Community solar will not replace your need for energy from the electricity grid. If your goal is to use solar energy to cover your home’s energy needs, consider installing rooftop solar panels.

  • Yes. Anyone who pays a utility bill can participate. Community solar is a great option for those who cannot or do not want to install solar panels on their own property, including renters. Get started by entering your ZIP code on Arcadia’s website to find out if Arcadia works with your utility.

  • If you move to a place that is part of the community solar service area, you can transfer service to your new home. If you move outside the service area, you can pass your credits to someone else or end your subscription without penalty.

  • No. You cannot take advantage of most solar tax credits and rebates with community solar. Only owners of solar systems are eligible to receive such benefits, like the federal Residential Clean Energy Credit, a 30% credit on the total solar panel system purchase. 

  • Canceling your shared solar subscription is usually very simple. For Arcadia participants, if you want to cancel your subscription, you can do so over email or through your Arcadia dashboard. There are no cancellation fees. You can find details on the subscription cancellation process in your agreement.

  • Community solar provides an excellent opportunity to save on energy bills, but the sign-up process can be confusing. Understanding why you are providing certain information is important. For example, with Arcadia, you will provide your credit card information during the sign-up process to pay your monthly electricity bill on an auto-pay schedule.

  • Community solar subscribers are supporting the development of local solar farms and receiving monetary credits for solar energy generation. Participating in community solar does not mean you are using solar energy. Traditional 100% renewable energy plans provide homeowners with electricity generated from renewable sources and allow users to claim renewable energy credits (RECs). Renewable energy plans often do not come from local sources. 

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