Community Solar

Interested in solar, but don’t have a rooftop ideally suited for photovoltaic (PV) solar panels? Community solar allows homeowners and renters the option to buy a portion of a solar farm without installing solar at their home. Community solar arrays, sometimes referred to as a solar farm or solar garden, are centralized utility solar facilities with individual panels available for purchase by customers, who then receive credits on their electricity bill for the power produced.

Potential Benefits

Production
The locations of solar farms are optimized for maximum production; panels are angled perfectly in sunny areas.

Portability
When you move, you can take your panel ownership with you to another location in your utility’s electric service area. You will continue to get a credit on utility bills reflecting the lower price of electricity you’re paying for with community solar.

Maintenance
When participating in a community solar program, customers incur no maintenance costs. All maintenance and parts replacement are the responsibility of the project developer/administrator.

Related Links & Files
SCE&G Community Solar

Duke Energy Shared Solar
Santee Cooper Solar Share
Electric Cooperatives Community Solar

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