Using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas is a must if we are to mitigate the disastrous effects of Climate Change. The good news is that you can easily switch to solar power for your home or workplace.
You have two choices:
- You can fuel your home or workplace with the sun by installing solar panels on your rooftop.
- You can power property you own or rent with the sun WITHOUT installing solar panels on your rooftop by participating in community solar.
What is community solar?*
The U.S. Department of Energy defines community solar as any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups. In most cases, customers are benefitting from energy generated by solar panels at an off-site array… Community solar 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 [photovoltaic] PV system due to shading, roof size, or other factors, or for financial/other reasons.
Our Community Solar Partner
Annapolis Green partners with Neighborhood Sun, a Maryland company that provides community solar service that enables customers to obtain renewable energy while saving money. Every Neighborhood Sun subscription made through the Annapolis Green web page on the Neighborhood Sun site results in a donation to Annapolis Green. It’s a great three-way benefit:
- You benefit by saving money even while keeping your existing utility company, such as BGE.
- The environment benefits by reducing the use of fossil fuels.
- Annapolis Green wins with additional revenue for our programs.
Here’s how it works:
The clean energy produced at Neighborhood Sun’s solar farm is delivered to the local grid and then to your home or place of business via your current electric utility.
Then, every month you receive solar energy credits on your existing utility bill. A few weeks later you’ll receive a Neighborhood Sun bill to pay for those solar credits. Your solar credits are paid at a discounted price of 10% or 25% below the utility’s cost, depending on your income category.
There’s no downside and there’s no cost to sign up. You can cancel anytime without a penalty. And if you move, you can take your plan with you as long as you’re still in the service area of your utility company or you can transfer it to someone else in your utility’s service area.
What are you waiting for?
Do your bit for the environment, your wallet and Annapolis Green!