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Discover how community solar works – and see how easy it is to go solar.
Community Solar in Action
A community solar farm, or project, is a collection of solar panels.
The community solar farm supplies clean, renewable energy to your local utility company.
Homeowners, renters, and businesses can sign up for community solar in just minutes. When you sign up, you receive power from the same utility you use today.
Once your farm starts generating energy, you receive solar credits on your monthly utility bill that actually save you money on your energy costs.
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Community solar brings the benefits of solar power to homeowners, renters, and businesses. The best part?
You don’t have to worry about installing solar panels on your rooftop.
You don’t even need to own your roof (or have one).
You pay no upfront costs, maintenance, or insurance fees.
You’ll save on your monthly energy costs.
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You’ll lock in on savings on your monthly energy costs1 – and always pay less with community solar than if you hadn’t signed up.
You’ll have resources like a solar dashboard that provides information about your solar project, energy usage, and impact on the environment.
You’ll work with real people who are here to support you and answer your questions.
Contracts are flexible. If you change your mind or move, just notify us in advance – there are no fees to cancel.
You can count on us to be straight with you. We’ve been around for more than 40 years because we do things the right way.
Sign-up is easy.
All you need is five minutes and your utility bill.
Enter your ZIP code to see if there are any community solar projects near you. (If not, you can join our waitlist.)
Create your account, confirm you’re eligible, and sign up for your project.
What happens after I sign up?
Once you’re signed up, we’ll keep you in the loop. We’ll let you know how to access your solar dashboard, where you’ll see photos of your project – and track your energy usage, solar credits, and impact on the environment.
Plus, we’ll let you know when your project is going live so you know when your subscription (and your savings) will begin.
How does billing work with community solar?
You may have questions about how your utility bill will be impacted by charges and solar credits – and how those things lead to monthly savings. If you do, check out Community Solar: How the Billing Process Works.
Who is Nelnet Renewable Energy?
Nelnet Renewable Energy is an affiliate of Nelnet, a purpose-driven company started more than 40 years ago. Our leadership and associates are committed to supporting renewable energy – and our organization is known for providing exceptional customer experiences. That’s our promise to you.
To learn more about who we are, visit About Us.
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A community solar project, farm, or garden is a collection of solar panels called an array that supplies electricity to a local power grid serving the region. Community solar projects offer residents and small businesses a way to support clean, renewable energy without start-up costs, maintenance fees, or installation hassles. In addition to helping save the environment, people who subscribe to community solar projects can save on their monthly energy costs by receiving credit on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced. For more information, see How Does Community Solar Work?
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.
Your utility account information helps us confirm that you’re in the project’s coverage area and that you’re the account holder. This also allows us to verify your annual energy usage. We use this information to calculate your allocation of the project’s total energy production and to make sure you receive your solar credits on your standard utility bill.
Some community solar projects require credit checks while others do not. The specific terms of your community solar subscription will be presented during sign-up. If a credit check is required, it will be a soft credit check which doesn’t affect your credit score in any way.
Some projects require a credit check, while others do not. If you don't pass the credit check for the project and plan you've selected, we may show you other projects or plans that you qualify for. If you don’t qualify for any at this time, we’ll let you know that. We encourage you to check back with us if your credit score improves to see if you qualify for a plan. And again, our soft credit check doesn’t affect your credit score.