Community Solar in WNY
Go Green for Good.
Switching to clean energy has never been more simple. In just minutes, you can reduce your carbon footprint and your electric bill, all while supporting the development of community solar projects right here in Western New York.
How Community Solar Works
Reap the savings on your electric bills without owning or installing solar panels.
Community Solar is a large solar array, comprised of different members who subscribe to a small percentage of it – much like a co-op. It produces electricity in Cattaraugus County – right here in Western New York – enabling you to harness the power of solar and the savings associated with it. You do NOT have to install solar panels or any physical equipment on your property, everything is handled electronically.
Good for the Environment
In addition to the financial benefits, you’ll also be helping reduce pollution created by traditional energy sources, improving our overall air quality and health.
Good for Your Wallet
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there are economic benefits to community solar:
- Community Solar projects provide high-paying local jobs to members of your community.
- Community Solar projects are often strategically located on former state or federally owned land that currently produces no tax revenue. Our community solar projects are privately owned, therefore will generate tax revenue for your community.
- The savings to individual participants (you) often stay in your community. Simply put, by paying less for your energy, you will be able to spend that money however you choose.
How Do You Go Green for Good?
1. Create an Account
Take a couple minutes to fill out a short form to tell us about you and your property.
2. Reserve Your Credits
Subscriptions are limited, so based on your location, electric usage, and utility company, we’ll reserve the appropriate share of a local solar farm.
3. Start Saving
Each month, the electricity produced by your share of the local solar farm will be credited to your normal electric bill. Over the course of the year, the average residential customer will save about $60-100 while also helping to reduce the collective carbon footprint.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I eligible to participate in community solar?
Homeowners, renters, non-profits, or small businesses with the electric bill in your name are eligible. Participating members must be served by the same utility as the solar farm.
- How much can I expect to save?
A good rule of thumb estimate is that members will save about $15 for each kW they subscribe to. Over the course of the year, an average residential customer can expect to save between $60–100, assuming a typical annual usage of about 10,000 kWh.
Since the sun shines most between May and September, that’s when the majority of the credits will be applied to the bill.
- How does the electricity get from the solar farm to my property?
The electricity produced is sent to the grid and you receive bill credits each month. Your current electric service will not be interrupted, and you will still receive your electricity from the utility as you do now.
- Can I participate and continue to use EnergyMark as my electric and natural gas provider?
Of course! Because the community solar projects are intended to offset the amount of traditionally produced electric used, and not replace it completely, you can still choose to purchase electricity via traditional EnergyMark electric plans.
- Is there a fee for canceling?
No. You can cancel your credits at any time, for any reason. Your agreement is on a month-to-month basis.
- Are there any fees for participating?
No. There are no fees of any kind for participating in the community solar project.