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Community Solar

Average Lifespan

20-30 years

A community solar project is a central solar power plant, whose electricity is purchased by multiple community members. It’s a great option for people who can’t put solar panels on their own rooftop, such as renters and people who live in shared housing.

In most cases, community solar’s carbon-free electricity will flow into the utility grid, where it will directly decrease the amount of fossil fuels burned by your utility company.

Incentives and Costs

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Ownership Model

30%

Of your investment

25D provides households an uncapped 30 percent tax credit for their partial ownership of a community solar project.

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How does it work?

A community solar project is a central solar power plant, whose electricity is purchased by multiple community members. Community solar is also often referred to as roofless solar, solar gardens, or shared solar. Since you don’t need to have a suitable rooftop for solar to participate in a community solar project, it’s a great option for renters and people who live in shared housing.

Community solar projects and programs are typically offered in two formats. In the “ownership model,” participants purchase a portion of a community solar project. When you buy into a community solar project, you’ll get electric bill credits / savings from all of the power produced by the solar panels you own — almost as if they were on your roof. In the “subscription model,” participants subscribe to a solar farm owned by a developer. When you subscribe to a community solar project, you usually start paying a lower price for your electricity.