SharedSolar is a voluntary program for residential customers who wish to participate in the community solar program offered by their utility. This program is not yet available for commercial customers.
The customer must have a current utility account in their name and be in good standing. Unless a utility account has more than six (6) months of electric data, the customer will only be allowed one (1) 200kWh block until the account as been re-evaluated (by customer request).
Verification of tenant/landlord agreements will be reviewed and discussed before enrollment in SharedSolar is established or allowed.
Multi-unit apartment complexes/dwellings that are not billed individually by the utility will not be eligible for SharedSolar.
Customers may purchase blocks of SharedSolar from the community solar project. Each block is a fixed energy amount of 200 kWh per month. The rate for Residential Customers is 10.62 cents per kWh of SharedSolar energy and is comprised of 4 components:
Solar Generation Block
Solar Delivery Cost
10.62 cents/kWh ($21.24 per 200 kWh block)
Billing for enrollment in the program will begin at the beginning of the next billing cycle and is not pro-rated.
The Solar Generation Block rate is fixed for the duration of the life of the project. The project life is expected to be 20 years. After enrolling in the SharedSolar program, customers will remain in the program until they cancel or the end of life of the project.
The other non-generation cost components of the SharedSolar rates are subject to changes over time in accordance with non-generation changes (transmission, distribution, and customer service) approved for recovery in the utility’s rates.
Customers may enroll in as many blocks up to ten (10), but the elected number of blocks cannot exceed the lower of the usage for the prior 12 months.
All other rates established by the utility is applicable. SharedSolar customers are subject to the customer service charge per month. SharedSolar energy is to be credited first as the energy supply to the customer utility bill. All other energy tiers and rates are to be applied in the order as established by the utility. Customer utility bills will vary depending on the amount of subscribed SharedSolar energy and customer’s monthly consumption. The customer is responsible for all amounts and charges owed to the utility according to proper utility billing of the fees and services.
There are approximately 3,000 blocks available to be shared among all customers in participating city utilities. Each application to participate in the SharedSolar program will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be offered until the program is fully subscribed. Once the program is fully subscribed, any new applicants will be placed on a waiting list for future opportunities as blocks become available.
Participating customers must commit to stay within the program for two years. Thereafter, customers will be allowed to make one change per year on the number of subscribed blocks or leaving the program. If a customer desires to make additional changes, the customer may be charged a $25 fee for the service change.
Any Customer leaving the program must wait a year before being permitted to enroll again in the program.
Any customer moving from one utility in the SharedSolar program into another utility that participates in the SharedSolar program may elect to retain their subscribed blocks after giving notice to the utility on its desire to reassign its blocks to another utility. The customer’s name must remain the same in the assignment of the account.
If a customer cancels their participation in the program, the unsubscribed blocks will become available to other interested customers.
Upon cancellation, the enrollment for the block(s) will be prorated and charged appropriately with the final utility bill.
The utility will retain the ownership of the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and all other environmental attributes including but not limited to carbon emission reduction credits which will be retired on behalf of the customer.
Rates and regulations associated with the utility are approved by the municipal council and are not subject to Public Service Commission.
Customers participating in the RenewChoice SelectGreen wind program cannot participate in the SharedSolar program and vice versa.
Customers participating in their utility net metering program cannot participate in the SharedSolar program.
Customers enrolled in the utility’s time of use (TOU) rate cannot participate in the SharedSolar Program.
These terms and conditions are set by the member utilities and are subject to change by the governing board.