How Does Community Solar Work?
Now it’s possible to make a difference by supporting renewable energy! Subscribe to a local community solar project delivering energy to your area through your local power grid. You receive solar credits to help with your electricity costs, saving you up to 10% on your monthly energy costs.1
Confirm you’re eligible and subscribe to a local project – signing up is easy!
Community Solar Farms
As homeowners, renters, and small business owners, you have the power to make a difference, with no upfront costs. To support renewable energy, subscribe to a local community solar project powered by our partners and serviced by us, and you can save.
We partner with community solar developers and help them find subscribers for their projects – renters, homeowners, and small business owners like you who want to support renewable energy but can’t or prefer not to install rooftop solar. We connect you with a local community solar project and coordinate your solar service with your utility to ensure you receive solar credits that lead to savings on your energy costs. We invite you to learn more about us.
Unlike some other types of energy, solar energy doesn’t emit greenhouse gases that create climate change and harm the environment, plants, animals, and people. Once you subscribe to a community solar project with Nelnet Renewable Energy, your community solar dashboard shows the environmental impact of your project. For more about the environmental benefits of community solar, visit this page.
When you sign up for community solar, you’re allocated a portion of the project’s energy production. In exchange, you receive solar credits applied to your utility bill each month which result in monthly savings on your energy costs. The amount of your savings will depend on the state program or specific solar project.1 (You can watch your solar credits accruing in your community solar dashboard.)
It depends on your solar project. As a subscriber, you may or may not be charged monthly for a portion of the project’s energy production. Either way, though, you’ll receive solar credits that help cover your energy bill payment and save you money on your monthly energy costs. Your subscription charge (if any), solar credits, and savings will vary depending on the state program or specific solar project. With community solar, your savings are locked in – with no hidden fees – so you’ll always pay less on your energy costs than if you hadn’t subscribed to community solar. Community Solar: How the Billing Process Works explains this really well if you’d like more information.
Nearly half of Americans still can’t install solar panels on their own roof because they rent, find it unaffordable, or have physical barriers.2
With community solar, you have no upfront costs or installation hassle to keep you from making a difference – just start supporting renewable energy use.
On average, people who participate in community solar programs save up to 10% on their monthly energy costs. You can, too!1
Over 90 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are offset each year by American solar power, and you can be part of it. That’s like planting almost 1.5 billion trees!3