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Community Solar is changing how people see renewable energy. Since the United States passed their first community solar legislation, 43 states now have at least one. Community engagement is a key part of education.

Community solar is available to anyone who has an electricity bill. It’s affordable, accessible, and exciting.

Physical Structure

Let’s first define community-owned solar farms.

Large, aggregative solar farms are those that have multiple homes or businesses sharing a portion of a larger project. An average 5MW site could supply power to over 800 homes.

These solar projects are located in areas with a high amount of solar resources. They can produce anywhere from 1200 to 1200 kWh/kW. This adds up to 93-95% of the area’s total solar resources.

A solar farm is a farm that is located in a particular area. The farm’s solar power is collected on a “hostmeter”, which allows the developer and utility to keep track of their production.

Modern Digital Energy: Remote Metering

You can’t be sure that every electron in your house comes from your solar farms unless you have a dedicated wire.

Remote net Metering is the only way to get value from a sunfarm.

Remote net metering, an agreement between the state’s utility commission and customers who generate their electricity from solar or other sources of energy, is called remote net metering. Customers have the option to transfer any power they don’t use into our grid for credits on their utility bills.

How many energy credits a farm generates directly correlates to how much energy it produces. New York uses the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Value Stack. These value calculations consider the cost and demand-reduction values, as well as the environmental impact, to determine the project’s rate.

Commercial and residential customers alike can benefit from community-solar. These metering options allow you to use solar energy in places that are less than ideal, such as rentals or shady locations, or to transfer credits to your next house.

Your Monthly Expenses

Community Solar is a cost-effective, flexible and affordable way to eliminate your electricity bills. Remote net metering can also be used to provide financial benefits for customers who cannot go solar on their property.

Customers have three options when it comes to community solar access: they can either buy panels or sign long-term power purchase contracts. Or, they can subscribe to a farm through shorter subscriptions. Customers get the best deal.

Customers who purchase utilities can save on average 20-30% each month. Subscriptions and PPAs could offer savings of up to 10-15%.

You can find many resources that will help you learn more about the solar community with Red Solar.

This post was written by a professional at Red Solar. Red Solar was started with the mindset of renewable energy being the future. We want everyone to travel through this transition. We can all agree that solar is the best way to reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s not the only way. During a Red Solar energy evaluation, all energy commons in your home will be analyzed for results. Our expert technicians will guide you through the process for better understanding and reassurance. Contact us for more information today!

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