Community Solar at Tri-County Electric Coop

You Can Now Go Solar Without Installing Panels On Your Property

Community Solar lets you share in the benefits of solar power, even if you can’t, or prefer not to, install solar panels on your property.


How It Works

Decide how many blocks of solar power are right for you.

If you’d like more Community Solar later and it is available, you can select additional blocks.

Sign Up

Complete the subscription agreement. Then pay the upfront charge.

Get Notified

Once you’re a Community Solar participant, you will be notified when the solar farm is up and running.

Start receiving solar energy credits on your monthly electric bill.

Each month you will receive credit for a portion of the production from the Community Solar farm.

Pricing

Upfront Charge

$100.00 per block

Monthly Charge

$10.00 per block

Monthly Credit

11.2¢ credit per kWh

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Community Solar?

    Solar communities are groups of solar panels installed at one location. They offer you a solar energy option. This means you get a credit on your bill for the solar energy generated without needing to have equipment attached to your home.

  • How Does Community Solar Work?

    You subscribe to the output from the co-op’s Community Solar site for a 20-year period. Choose the number of blocks you would like. You can add more blocks at any time, as long as they are available.

    Once energy production begins, each month you will receive credit for a portion of the production from the Community Solar farm, based on the number of blocks you have chosen.

    You pay a portion of the cost per block upfront, and the remainder of the cost is paid in a monthly charge. The output of those blocks is credited back to you on a cents-per-kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis. You pay a one-time fee to cover administrative costs.

  • Who Can Participate?

    Any residential member may participate in the Community Solar program on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Am I buying a portion of the community solar farm or just the energy from it?

    You are subscribing to the energy produced by the solar farm in blocks of kWh.

  • Are there participation term limits?

    The overall program term is 20 years. The minimum term participation is 2 years, and requires a 30-day notice of cancellation.

  • Is there a limit to how many blocks I can choose?

    The minimum subscription is 1 block. The maximum is 5 blocks.

  • What is the average production per year?

    Our first Community Solar array will produce approximately 37,500 kWh per month, which is roughly equivalent to the energy used by 26 average homes in our service area. It is important to note that solar production will vary from month to month based on weather and time of year.

  • How does this cost of community solar compare to installing a solar power system on my house?

    While the cost of installing solar panels on your home varies greatly from house to house, the pricing for our Community Solar program is in line with the average cost of putting solar panels on the home — without having equipment installed on your property.

  • If my solar subscription produces more energy than I use, does the co-op buy it back?

    If your subscription produces more energy than your home consumes in one month, the extra solar energy goes into a “bank” on your account that will be used in the next month or months.

  • How do solar tax credits work?

    Applicable tax credits are figured into the Community Solar program pricing.

  • What if there is storm damage to the community solar farm?

    If the Community Solar arrays are damaged during a storm, you will receive a proportionate share of the energy produced by any non-damaged panels while repairs are made.

  • What happens if I move?

    If you move to another home served by the co-op, the solar energy subscription moves with you. If you move out of the co-op’s service area, the subscription can remain at the current location or be re-marketed by the co-op. However, the upfront charge paid when beginning the program is not refundable.

Reasons to go Community Solar
  • It’s hassle free. No holes in your roof. No system to set up and maintain.
  • The co-op assumes all liabilities and maintenance of the solar system.
  • No burdensome homeowner association restrictions.
  • Subscriptions are transferrable.
  • Community Solar creates clean energy that’s environmentally friendly.
How Much Do I Need?
# of BlocksApprox. Kilowatt-hours% of an avg home's monthly use
1 block150 kWh11%
2 blocks300 kWh23%
3 blocks450 kWh35%
4 blocks600 kWh46%
5 blocks750 kWh58%

Please note: these figures are only averages; solar energy production will uctuate month to month based on weather and time of year.


Still Have Questions?

Call (877) 874-1215 and ask them today!


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