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With no upfront cost, community solar is truly a solar solution for all.

SunCommon’s Community Solar program, the first offering of its kind in our New York State region, is helping break down even more barriers to going solar. Whether you live in Rochester, Western and Central NY, we have a solar solution for you. If you’re a renter, are restricted by an obstructed roof or HOA rules, or some other factor stopping you from going solar at your home, your answer is a call and high five away. Welcome to Rochester’s Community Solar movement. We’re sure glad you’re here.

Want to learn more about the Community Solar program in Rochester? Check out the info below:

How does Community Solar work?

1. SunCommon builds a solar array, right here in our community to serve 200 homes and small businesses.
2. You sign up for a share of the solar array. We’ll help you pick the right share size to match your electricity needs.
3. Each month you’ll see affordable monthly payments.
4. You power your home or business with solar. Each month, you’ll see your share of solar on your utility statement.

What is a Community Solar Array (CSA)?

New York is now one of a handful of states that allow multiple electricity customers to benefit from a single solar array. The fancy term is Group Net Metering; we call them Community Solar Arrays or CSAs. SunCommon makes use of this state program to build large, shared Community Solar Arrays. Homeowners and renters aren’t connected to the array with wires, but through their electric utility’s accounting function which divvies up the array’s output.

Who can participate in this program?

Almost anyone. In the past, if you’ve been a renter, a homeowner with a shaded or obstructed roof, tied up with HOA restrictions, live in a condo, or more, you haven’t been able to take advantage of solar energy. That ends here. With Community Solar from SunCommon, anyone living in Rochester that uses RG&E as their utility now has access to clean, affordable renewable energy from the sun.

How does billing work?

CSA members sign up for a share of the array’s output, depending on how much electricity they use each year. Your share size of solar kilowatt hours (kWh) will be based on our estimations for how many kWh you’ll get annually from the community solar array. Membership payments are made monthly to SunCommon to receive solar power. Your utility tracks the array’s production and allocates a portion of the solar power produced each month, applying solar kWh to offset the electricity supply and demand charges on your bill.

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Call: 585-484-9142

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Want to connect with us to learn more about the program and reserve your spot? Our Community Solar Advisor will help you get started. Lisa Borducci is the Rochester area Community Solar Membership Coordinator. Contact Lisa at, Sean at, or Erin at to get started.

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If you have an electric bill, we have a solar solution for you - right at your home, as part of a community solar array program, or at your place of business. Click the button to learn more and get started.
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