New to Community Solar? Here’s How to Get Started

General By Nelnet Renewable Energy May 2, 2022

If you’re not familiar with community solar, or it isn’t widely available in your state yet, you’ll be hearing more about it soon. Let’s get you up to speed on community solar – a fast-growing form of renewable energy.

Community Solar – and How It Works

A community solar project is a collection of solar panels. The community solar project supplies clean, renewable energy to your local utility company. As a homeowner, renter, business, or nonprofit, you can sign up for community solar and continue to receive power from the same utility you use today. Once the project generates energy, you receive solar credits on your monthly utility bill, saving on your energy costs.

Our video, How Community Solar Works, explains things well, too.

The Benefits of Community Solar

There’s no down side to subscribing to a community solar project. When you sign up, you can:

Signing up for community solar is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the benefits of solar power. Here’s why:

  • You don’t need to own your roof (or even have one).
  • You don’t have to worry about installing solar panels on your rooftop if you do have one.
  • There are no upfront costs, insurance, or maintenance fees.
  • With enrollment, you’ll be able to view your positive environmental impact online.
  • Plus, you save on your energy costs.

Sign-Up Takes Just 5 Minutes

If helping the environment – and your wallet – sounds good to you, it’s easy to get started with community solar. All you need is five minutes and your utility bill. Here’s how sign-up works:

  1. Click a “Get Started” button on any page of our website and provide your name, email, and state.
  2. Next, choose how you’d like to sign up: online or via phone.
  3. Enter your ZIP code to see if there are any community solar projects near you. (Join a waitlist if none are available yet.)
  4. Create your account, confirm you’re eligible, and sign up for your solar project.
  5. When your project starts producing clean energy, receive solar credits that reduce your monthly energy costs.

After you sign up, we stay in touch, letting you know how to access your solar dashboard, where you can track your solar project’s progress (if it’s under construction), production, and impact on the environment – and you’ll see your savings there, too. We’ll keep you in the loop so you know when your subscription will go live and your savings will begin.

Where to Go for More Information

If you’re a person who needs more information before making a decision, we have just the resource for you. Our Guide to the Essentials about Community Solar should answer many of your questions or direct you to other resources we offer. You’re always welcome to contact us, too. The Nelnet Renewable Energy Customer Service team is happy to answer your questions and provide assistance.

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If you have questions or need help with the sign-up process, just give us a call. If you prefer to sign up over the phone, we can help with that, too. 844.584.3213