Community solar, also known as universal solar, is solar energy shared by multiple households and businesses that’s produced at a large-scale solar plant instead of through individual units. It provides renewable energy to a whole community without requiring each household to install rooftop solar panels or other equipment.
Typically the solar plant is built and operated by a company that handles all of the maintenance, so it’s an easy, cost-effective way for many people to get solar energy. Popular reasons to switch to community solar include wanting to reduce carbon emissions, preferring renewable and sustainable energy, improving air quality and more.
Community solar is a lot like a community pool in your neighborhood. Everyone gets to use the pool and shares a small part of the cost instead of having to pay the full expense of building individual backyard pools.
Rocky Mountain Power customers in Utah have access to solar energy that’s similar to community solar through our Subscriber Solar program. It allows you to buy solar energy in 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks from a local solar plant and lock in your generation rate for up to 20 years.
There are no upfront costs, no long-term commitments if you don’t want them and you don’t have to install solar panels or any special equipment.
Subscriber Solar benefits:
Where the solar energy comes from
The solar energy for our Subscriber Solar program will be provided by a 20-megawatt solar plant in Holden, Utah.
The plant is Utah’s largest shared solar project, and will be completed in December 2016 so that the Subscriber Solar program can officially launch on January 1, 2017.