Community Solar is coming to Alaska!

What is community solar and how does it work?

A community solar project – sometimes referred to as a solar garden, farm, or shared solar – is a solar power plant whose electricity is shared by more than one household or business.

  1. Solar panels are installed as part of a community solar project at a sunny site in your region
  2. Solar electricity is generated at the project site and metered by your utility provider
  3. Clean energy is delivered to your home or business (as a subscriber) and credited to your electric bill

30728363_599159643774542_7173571372688343040_o.jpgWhy would a residence or business opt to participate in community solar?

Cost – Costs can act as a barrier to solar access, but community solar eliminates the need for the upfront purchase or financing of a rooftop system

Customer Savings – Community solar can save customers money and help protect against rising energy prices. Enrolling in a community solar program, paired with energy efficiency upgrades, can help some customers keep a stable and affordable energy bill

Access – Those whoare renting may be prohibited from installing solar on their property, your roof may be too shaded or needs re-roofing, the size or orientation of the roof may be improper and some commercial buildings have equipment on the roof, obstructing an installation

Environmental – Solar Energy is 100% renewable and releases no harmful emissions into the atmosphere

30723662_599159677107872_9192374085353472000_o.jpgAs some of you have seen, utilities throughout Alaska are investing in solar. Chugach Electric is preparing to launch the first community solar project in the state. Their installation is designed to include approximately 1,800 solar panels and generate about 600 megawatt hours per year. For more information on the project and to subscribe to their community solar mailing list, check out:…/community-solar-project-elect….

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