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Vermont Community Solar

Temporarily On Hold for New Members

The Vermont Community Solar program is temporarily on hold for new members, but you can sign up today and we will store your information and reach back out to you when things change.

Why is the program on hold?

Due to changes in Vermont State policy regarding Community Solar Projects, the development of new community solar has been placed on hold. Until new methods can be developed by SunCommon to work within these new policies, the program has been temporarily placed on hold. However, you can still sign up today and we will store your information and reach back out to you when things change.

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What does the hold mean for CSA Members?

It does not change anything for current CSA members. It does mean that those Vermonter’s who have signed their CSA agreement but have not been assigned to an array may have to continue to wait, but we will be sure to update those individuals as things change.

Here’s how it works, once the program reopens

We’ve figured it out so that all Vermonters can help generate renewable energy. Community Solar members receive solar credits produced by the group array to reduce or eliminate their utility bill. Since it’s not wires but the utility’s billing system that connects you to the Community Solar Array, CSA members can live anywhere within the same utility as the solar system.

Joining a CSA

SunCommon® makes it easy and affordable for CSA members to help generate renewable solar energy.

  • CSA members get a share of the solar array’s output, based on your home’s energy needs.
  • Membership involves no upfront purchase cost and a low monthly payment with guaranteed 7% savings.
  • Members can leave the CSA at any time for a low fee.
  • $1 deposit reserves your spot! And then a low monthly payment saves you money.

New Vermont farm crop: Community Solar

Hosting a CSA

Property owners who host CSAs support the construction of clean energy projects. Community Solar hosts help fellow Vermonters participate in the clean energy revolution.

Creating value in our unused spaces. CSA hosts dedicate roof space to this clean energy use and are compensated.

Could you host Community Solar? A CSA can still be hosted in Vermont, even under new policy regulations, but there are specific requirements. We’ll do all the legwork to figure out if you’ve got a good spot.

My wife and I joined the Monkton Community Solar Array in March of this year with a 7% share, and we immediately began seeing benefits. Our CSA share generates enough credits to cover our electric bills over the summer, pay for our two heat pumps AND take us into the winter with a $726.00 credit on our electric bill. We are saving money and our heat pumps are reducing the amount of oil we burn helping to make our little corner of the world just a bit greener!
Bruce BaldwinCommunity Solar since 2015
The Community Solar option not only suited my environmental motivations, it also benefited my wallet. Every month I’m guaranteed savings for the share of solar credits I receive from the Community Solar Array. Instead of paying a monthly electric bill, my dollars will be going toward an array alongside dozens of other Vermonters in need of an alternative solar solution.
Nick CunninghamCommunity Solar since 2015

A Vermont dairy farm secures their future with Community Solar

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What are RECs?

Renewable Energy Certificates document the environmental attributes produced by renewable energy sources, and can be sold to contribute funds needed to build a solar project like a CSA. Currently, Vermont does not have a renewable portfolio standard that provides a market to buy or sell RECs within Vermont. So, the RECs may be sold to utilities in neighboring states. Where SunCommon sells RECs associated with a CSA, the buyer of the Renewable Energy Credits may claim the environmental attributes. Given the way electrons flow, the power from the solar array typically flows to neighbors of the array. A CSA Member does not receive solar energy, but receives solar credits in the form of cash on her/his utility bill.

RECs are one of the financial attributes that are bundled together to make it possible to offer CSA membership at a low monthly payment and guaranteed savings. We expect Vermont to adopt our own renewable portfolio standard in 2017, after which the RECs associated with the electricity generated by CSAs will support Vermont’s clean energy goals.

CSA members don’t:

  • Get electricity
  • Go solar or get solar energy

CSA members do:

  • Get solar incentives on their utility bills
  • Support building new clean energy by buying net metering credits and participate in the clean energy revolution

Want to learn more about how our Community Solar projects come together? Happy to help.

That’s why we’ve put together this Q+A.

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