Community solar power provides clean, renewable energy to those who otherwise cannot access traditional rooftop solar panels. This is why RenewChoice is developing a new community solar program called SharedSolar.
Around 12,000 solar panels will be installed to provide clean, renewable energy to hundreds of households across the following communities:
Give homeowners, renters, and businesses access to fiscal and environmental benefits of solar.
Build a strong, distributed, and resilient electric grid.
Expand access to solar power for all including low-to-moderate income households.
Allow community members to receive credit on their bills for their share of power produced.
Customers can subscribe for 1 kilowatt (kw) block. Each will generate 200-kilowatt-hours (kwh) of energy. An average-size home uses about 750 kwh per month. Customers can keep their subscriptions for up to 25 years. If they move to another city within RenewChoice service territory, their solar blocks go with them.
This new community solar program, called SharedSolar, is currently being offered to electric consumers located in Provo, Spanish Fork, and Levan. SharedSolar customers can lease a block of the solar panels in the array and then receive an electric bill credit for electricity generated by their block share of the community solar system. This is similar to someone who has rooftop panels installed on their home. SharedSolar can be a great option for people who are unable to install solar panels on their roofs because they don’t own their homes, have insufficient solar resources or roof conditions to support a rooftop solar system due to shading, roof slopes or roof size, or for financial/other reasons.
The SharedSolar, or Community Solar project, is located in Spanish Fork at 1500 East Spanish Fork Parkway, just East of Lowe’s. There are over 11,900 solar panels on steel racks located on top of the city’s old landfill, which is a perfect use of this land.
No, the SharedSolar program is voluntary, however the customers must submit their name, address, utility customer number (located on their utility bill) and the number of SharedSolar blocks they wish to. A customer service representative from the designated city utility will contact you within 3-6 business days to verify your account information, review the request and sign you up for the program.
Electricity is generated during the day from the sun at the solar project and then delivered into the power grid. The utility is credited with the specific energy allocation from the power grid based on the electricity generated from the project based on their customer participation. SharedSolar customers are credited on their electrical bills for their share and participation in this program. The customer is recognized for their participation in promoting and using clean renewable electricity at their home or business.
SharedSolar allows everyone in your city to benefit from renewable solar energy, even if they can’t put panels on a rooftop. For all customers, they benefit the environment by choosing clean renewable electricity over traditional fossil-fueled energy sources at a small monthly fee. In some cases, in Provo and Salem, SharedSolar power may be less expensive than traditionally tiered electrical prices and may save money on their monthly bills. If subscribers of SharedSolar move to a new home within one of these cities’ service territory, they can continue to benefit from their community SharedSolar.
The terms and conditions for the SharedSolar program are found within this website under the terms and conditions page. If you have any questions about the terms and conditions, you can call your customer service representative from your city.
The current residential rate for SharedSolar is $0.1062 or 10.62 cents per kWh of energy. For commercial customers, the SharedSolar rate is lower at 6.62 cents per kWh since commercial customers will continue to be charged for their demand at the traditional prices. The SharedSolar generation cost of 4.42 cents is locked-in for the life of the project. The non-generating costs and delivery charge may increase slightly as approved in the rate making process.
Customers may sign up to almost their monthly average energy usage. SharedSolar is sold in 200 kWh monthly energy blocks. For example, if a customer uses about 920 kWh of electricity per month, a customer may elect to sign up from 1 (200 kWh) to 4 (800 kWh) blocks of SharedSolar. We do not want customers to sign up for more than what they can use.
As mayor of Levan, I am pleased to belong to the UMPA organization that can work with our local electric utility to offer choices to the electric customers in my town. UMPA is developing a community solar project in Spanish Fork to allow the customer to buy an ownership share of the project. The production of energy from the solar panels will be able to offset the customer’s electrical usage at their homes. We think this will be a good product for those interesting in wanting solar and not wanting to put it on their rooftops. There are more details to come on this exciting program.
We have been working on developing community solar for a few years. I am looking forward to the time it will become a reality so that we can offer it to our customers. Clean and renewable power is important to Salem. This program will give customers the choice to participate by buying shares into the new community solar program. It will give our customer an option for those not able to have rooftop solar.
Rocky Mountain Power offers a similar program. Check it out and help clean the air: Utah Subscriber Solar Program