Community Solar

Community solar refers to community-owned solar electric systems as well as Sunroof Solar owned solar electric systems or third party-owned plants whose electricity is shared by a community.

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How Can Communities
Utilize Solar?

The primary purpose of community solar is to allow municipalities and members of a community (individuals or businesses) the opportunity to share the benefits of solar power even if they cannot or prefer not to install solar panels on their property. Participants benefit from the electricity generated by the community solar farm, which costs less than the price they would ordinarily pay to their utility.

Community solar projects are often located on municipal or jointly owned property, and can be an easier way for renters and condominium owners to benefit from a local solar energy project.

What is a Solar Microgrid?

A solar microgrid is a solar energy farm located close to where there is a need for electrical power. The solar microgrid is connected to the local power grid and has control capability, which means it can disconnect from the local power grid and operate on its own when producing solar electric energy for a community.

Once everything is set-up and running, electricity can be provided through solar panels to the community. While it may not be able to replace regular supplies in all and every case, it can bring down energy bills significantly.

A solar microgrid can be installed in a variety of designs and sizes and can significantly reduce a village or town’s reliance on fossil fuel generated electrical energy. There may also be cases in which environmental or social outcomes are the main goal. For example, a community may simply focus on sponsoring a solar project for a church, hockey rink or other public building. In such cases, the church, hockey rink or public building will not only save money on their energy bills, but also meet their environmental and/or local economic growth objectives.

When Social Outcomes Are the Main Goal…

A community may, for example, simply focus on sponsoring a solar project for a church, hockey rink or other public building. In such cases, the church, hockey rink or public building will not only save money on their energy bills, but also meet their environmental and/or local economic growth objectives.

Community microgrid solar projects and programs are typically offered in three ways:

Community/Municipal Ownership

This model allows municipal governments, businesses and individuals to own some of the solar panels or a share in the solar power farm. They get to benefit from all the power produced by their share of the solar panels or the system. In some instances, Sunroof Solar may participate with the community by owning a portion of the solar farm.

Subscription

This model allows municipal governments, businesses and individuals to become subscribers and pay a lower price for the electricity sourced from the community solar farm. They do not own the panels—they just buy the power at a reduced rate. In some instances, Sunroof Solar may offset the cost to install a microgrid / solar farm by participating with a small ownership stake.

Sponsorship

Sunroof Solar installs and owns the solar microgrid and the community agrees to purchase all the power generated.

Community Solar; Great for the Bottom Line,

Great for the Planet.

Try our solar estimator to see how much you could save with solar. Sunroof Solar can also provide you with a detailed solar site assessment and price quote. Let us help you invest in your energy future.