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Community Solar Benefits
Community solar is great for the environment, but it also gives residents and small business owners like you a chance to make a difference that you may not have had, working alone. Subscribe to a local project, and you’ll save up to 10% on your energy costs each month, 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!2
With community solar, there’s no upfront investment in order to start contributing toward renewable energy use. Now you can do your part.
How Does Community Solar Work?
Our developer partners build community solar projects that supply renewable energy to local power grids so that residents and small business owners like you can help support renewable energy use – all without the hassle or expense of installing solar panels.
When you subscribe to a local project that brings renewable energy to you and your neighbors, you start earning solar credits for your subscription that reduce your monthly energy costs by up to 10%.1
Enter your ZIP code and see if there are any available community solar projects near you.
Confirm you’re eligible and subscribe to a local project – it’s easy to sign up!
When your project starts producing energy, you start saving up to 10% on your monthly energy costs.1
Frequently Asked Questions
Community solar isn’t complicated, and it’s easy to sign up for – but it may be new to you. We’ve got answers to commonly asked questions here.
We partner with community solar developers and help them find subscribers for their projects – residents and small business owners like you who want to support renewable energy but didn’t have that as an option before. We connect you with a local community solar project that delivers renewable energy to your power grid and, once you’re a subscriber, work with your utility provider to make sure you receive solar credits that lead to energy savings. As a Nelnet company, we offer you the same exceptional customer service and streamlined payment processing we’ve applied to a wide range of businesses.
To find out if you’re eligible, we ask you to enter your ZIP code, county, and utility provider to see if there’s an available project near you. If there is, we begin collecting basic information to set up your community solar account. You activate your account by validating an email we send you, and then you create an account password. We also ask you to provide your estimated average monthly utility usage (or you can log into your utility account instead), and then select your plan. Next, we do a soft credit check, which doesn’t affect your credit score – we promise. Lastly, you set up your preferred method of payment. It all takes just a few minutes.
Community solar projects help save the environment because the energy they generate does not produce greenhouse gases or contribute to air or water pollution. By using solar energy to replace or reduce use of other, less environmentally friendly energy sources, we can have a positive effect on our world. Once you subscribe to a project with Nelnet Renewable Energy, your community solar dashboard shows the solar energy generated, and the environmental impact, of your project – so you can see the difference you’re making!
Creating a Smooth Connection to Renewable Energy
Nelnet Renewable Energy partners with community solar developers to help them find subscribers for their projects – residents or small business owners like you who want to use local renewable solar energy but didn’t think it was possible. We connect you with a community solar project that delivers renewable energy to your power grid and, once you’re a subscriber, work with your utility provider to make sure you receive solar credits that often lead to energy savings. As a Nelnet company, we offer you the same exceptional customer service and streamlined payment processing we’ve applied to a wide range of markets and industries, including student loan servicing, tuition payment processing and school information systems, and telecommunications.