Community solar, also known as solar gardens, is a distributed solar energy deployment model that allows customers to buy or lease part of a larger, offsite shared solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
Community solar arrangements allow customers to enjoy advantages of solar energy without having to install their own solar energy system. Community solar projects provide an alternative to rooftop PV systems for customers who:
- Have insufficient solar resources or roof conditions to support a rooftop PV system (due to shading, roof size, or other factors)
- Do not own their homes or buildings
- Are unable or unwilling to install an onsite solar PV system for financial or other reasons.
Community solar subscribers typically receive a monthly bill credit for electricity generated by their share of the solar PV system, as if the system were located on their premises.