Community Solar

Making Solar Energy More Accessible

Sharing the wealth of lower electricity bills by making solar energy accessible to everyone. Community Solar provides many benefits of solar without any of the hassle.

What is Community Solar?
Community solar, often referred to as Community Distributed Generation (CDG), makes solar energy, as well as other forms of clean energy, more accessible to more people. Homeowners, renters, co-op/condo owners and business all have the opportunity to save energy and money. Community solar allows residents to virtually receive solar energy generated from a large offsite solar facility, without actually having the solar panels located on your roof. Private solar companies develop and construct community solar projects on Long Island, and then residents can remotely subscribe into a project in order to receive energy credits on their own PSEG Long Island electric bill.

The energy produced by a large solar project is divided among multiple participating customers, saving everyone money. Want to save money on monthly bills by using renewable energy, but cannot take advantage of solar on your own property? Community solar may be perfect for you. Community solar allows customers to use affordable solar energy in their homes with the solar project being physically located in a separate, sunny area of their community. These solar projects can be large solar farms or even smaller, commercial sized rooftop projects.

How Community Solar Works

Benefits of Community Solar

  • Save money on monthly electric bills with bill credits from a host project
  • Use clean, local renewable energy
  • Participate in solar without financial commitments, regardless of property ownership, roof structure or shading and location issues
  • Can subscribe to a percentage of a project based on your homes usage, typically with little to no upfront costs
  • Even if you move, as long as you remain part of the PSEG Long Island family, we can transfer your community solar subscription to your new residence
  • Flexible contracts
  • No maintenance required

  
Who Can Participate?
Any utility customer in the PSEG Long Island service territory. Both residential and commercial customers can participate. This program is perfect for customers who cannot install solar due to too much shading on their roof, have an unfit roof structure for panels, or those that simply do not like the look of solar panels. Likewise, those who rent and do not own their property can greatly benefit from this program as well. It is great for those who want to save money each month but do not want to or cannot install solar panels on their own property.

How it Works
With community solar, multiple customers can save money on their electric bills thanks to energy credits generated by one, large solar project located elsewhere and managed by a Host. Hosts are responsible for overseeing development of the project, fully enrolling customers in the project and allocating energy credits to customers as well. The host then acts as a liaison with PSEG Long Island to distribute these credits. Customers can participate by contacting one of the many approved community solar companies and inquiring about their unique community solar projects.

See the Savings
Customers see a guaranteed minimum savings of 5% by participating in a community solar program, with many companies offering greater bill savings. Community solar gives you the opportunity to experience the savings of solar without the equipment or long term financial commitment. Each month, you will see credits on your PSEG Long Island electric bill. Based on your enrollment percentage and how much electricity your host project has generated that month; PSEG Long Island will credit your bill with energy credits. Just like having solar panels installed on your home, your portion of the energy generated from the community solar facility will appear on your PSEG electricity bill as net energy credits, and any excess generation will be banked on your PSEG account and used for future billing. In many cases you will receive an additional bill from your community solar company. The net credits applied to your PSEG bill will more than cover the bill from your community solar company, thus saving you money. Net Crediting or Consolidated Billing as it is commonly referred to is now being offered as a voluntary program to many CDG projects in Long Island. Net Crediting allows for subscribers to receive a single bill covering all charges from both the community solar company as well as PSEG. Please inquire with your specific CDG Host to see if you are eligible for Net Crediting.

Things to Know

  • Net Metering allows customers to bank excess electricity they receive from the community solar project to use toward future bills.
  • A Host is an owner of a solar project who manages, operates and maintains a project for its subscribers.
  • Bill Credits, which may be earned by a host project and applied to your bill by PSEG Long Island. The amount of bill credits allocated back to satellite accounts are based on their ownership percentage. Each bill credit is worth one kWh of electricity.
  • A satellite is a customer who is subscribed to a host community solar project.
  • A load zone is an area of a state, broken down by region. Long Island is considered a load zone, so any customer of PSEG Long Island is a part of the same “Zone K”.

Next Steps

Contact a community solar developer to inquire about participation in a project near you. Below is a list of approved developers. Please be sure to look into and compare different developers, as some may have different terms, conditions and pricing. Are you a developer? Find out how to host a solar project.

Approved Community Solar Developers