Have you ever considered the power of the sun and how it can significantly benefit not just individuals, but also businesses and entire communities? If you have, you’re certainly not alone. Community Solar can change the way businesses think about renewable energy. In this article, we’ll explore what Community Solar means for businesses and why it can assist businesses seeking sustainable energy solutions.
What is Community Solar?
Community Solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple community subscribers. Community Solar can be a great option for business owners who are unable to install solar panels on their roofs because they lease, cannot afford solar, or because their roofs or electrical systems are not suited to solar. These rapidly expanding programs provide expanded access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation and help build a stronger, more resilient electrical grid. Typically, Community Solar projects are located off-site and produce between 1 and 5 MW of clean energy.
How does Community Solar work?
Community Solar projects generate power like traditional on-site physical solar systems, however, rather than supplying the clean energy directly to one facility, the generated power is integrated into the local electrical grid. The local utility pays the Community Solar provider for the energy generated, helping to reduce the customer’s electricity costs. Importantly, participation in community solar programs does not interfere with existing third-party supply contracts or rates, and there are no upfront enrollment fees.
What are the benefits of Community Solar?
Community Solar is a true testament to collaboration in action. Businesses, communities, landowners, utilities, and developers join forces to support renewable generation initiatives. These projects offer numerous advantages, including:
- Local Job Creation: Community Solar projects support local employment opportunities, boosting the economy.
- Increased City Revenue: They contribute to city revenue, benefiting the entire community.
- Electricity Savings: Businesses across the country can enjoy reduced electricity costs, making it an appealing choice.
- Climate Change Mitigation: These off-site solar projects play a vital role in combating climate change.
- Energy Independence: They contribute to the pursuit of energy independence in the US.
- Economic Boost: Local economies benefit from the influx of renewable energy investments.
- Environmental Impact: On average, Community Solar projects help avoid 500 tons of CO2 emissions yearly, which is equivalent to half a million tons of coal.
Community Solar Opportunities
Freedom Energy has opportunities available for clients to participate in Community Solar programs in the following states: MA, RI, ME, NH, NY, MD, IL, NJ, and DE.
Participants are not buying the power directly from the generator but are simply acting as a proxy off-taker for the utility to match production with usage. Participation requires no changes in behavior; participants can continue using electricity as usual and receive a quarterly check.
Here’s why you should consider participating in a community solar program:
- No Behavioral Change Required: You can keep using energy just as you are today.
- Preserve Competitive Supply Agreement: Your current supply agreement remains untouched. Partnering with us won’t impact your existing arrangements.
- Direct Support for Local Renewable Energy: By participating, you directly support local renewable energy generators, empowering them to enhance their production and contribute to a greener future.
- Financial Benefit: Enjoy potential cost savings and financial advantages.
- Support Your Sustainability Plan: Align with your sustainability goals and enhance your business’s environmental efforts.
How to get started
Curious to see how your business can benefit from Community Solar? Freedom Energy is here to help. We’ll provide your business with a customized cost savings analysis, so you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of each program’s potential financial value. To explore what your business qualifies for, reach out to Kristin Warriner today at firstname.lastname@example.org.