Our Community Shared Solar Campaign is Here! We have partnered with Nexamp and Renovus Solar in a 15 county wide campaign to offer the residents of Tompkins County community solar options for homeowners, renters, and businesses alike, saving everyone money in the process!
Community Solar is finally available to almost anyone in New York State. For the first time ever, there really is a way to go solar for everyone, regardless of whether you own a home, have money to buy solar panels, or live in a field or forest. In the section below, you will find more information on community solar in general, but also on the two types of community solar that are currently being developed in New York State.
Community solar hasn't always been in option in New York State - up until the end of 2015, residents that wanted to go solar only had the option of having solar on their house or in their yard. Renters, or those that lived in unsuitable areas due to shade, had no real solar options.
This all changed with a decision in New York State to change how net-metering worked to allow residents to take advantage of offsite solar. Suddenly, solar energy didn't necessarily need to be produced in your yard, or even in your neighborhood. As long as you were connected to the same utility and were in the same 'load zone,' you were set for solar!
Since that decision, companies have been looking at how to make community solar work and they've basically settled on two models: Purchase Models - where the resident owns the solar panels at an off-site location, and Subscription Models - where residents don't own the solar panels but they are able to subscribe to a solar farm and get a certain amount of the electricity it produces. Below we include more information on both of these types of Community Solar.
Last updated October 12, 2017