Get involved in Ulster County’s Green New Deal initiative by subscribing to community solar. Ulster County has selected three trusted partners to work with County residents.
- By subscribing to community solar, you will save up to 10% on your electric bill, with no upfront costs or monthly fees
- Your subscription directly supports clean, renewable energy resources in our region
- When you subscribe, your provider will donate $100 to the County’s Green New Deal fund. This fund will be used to jump start more Green New Deal community programs
Select the subscription links below to review our providers’ offerings, choose one and subscribe:
|How to subscribe:||Common Energy|
Hopewell Junction, NY
Union Vale, NY
|Utilities serviced:||Central Hudson|
|About the company:||Common Energy||PowerMarket||Solstice|
How does it work?
Anyone who pays an electricity bill can receive community solar credits. These monetary credits are generated by local solar arrays whenever the sun is shining. These credits must be “redeemed” by a utility account holder and are applied directly to your utility bill. Our campaign providers are offering these credits through a subscription at a 10% discount—so you pay for only 90% of the credits you receive on your utility bill. There is no initial cost or monthly fee. You pay only for the credits you receive. For example: If you get $100 in community solar credits, you’ll be charged $90 and you’ll save $10.
Why is it “up to 10%” savings?
The amount of credits you receive on your bill will vary from month to month. Since solar generates more electricity in the summer, you will receive more credits in the summer months. If you get more than you can use in a given month, the utility will “bank” them automatically so you can use them in subsequent months. It should your costs and credits should generally balance out over the course of the year.
The amount of credits you receive each month depends on three things:
- the percentage of the solar array’s capacity that is dedicated to your account (e.g. 2%)
- the amount of electricity generated by the solar array that month (in kWh)
- the cost of electricity (i.e. the conversion rate from kWh into dollars)
Your solar provider will attempt to allocate enough credits to match your electricity costs for the year, but it will never be exact. If you are banking too many credits, your provider will adjust your allocation each year to match the credits to your costs as closely as possible.
The bottom line is: you will always save exactly 10% on the monetary credits that the community solar provider generates and delivers to your utility bill, even if the credit value doesn’t match 100% your electricity costs over the course of the year.
If you have additional questions about how community solar works, please see our page About Community Solar. Each of the providers listed above also maintains detailed information about community solar on their landing pages which may be reviewed to learn more.
Solarize Ulster is an initiative of Ulster County’s Green New Deal. Ulster County has partnered with the three community solar providers listed above to offer subscriptions during the Solarize Ulster campaign.