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Community Solar is a new renewable energy program now available for PSE electric customers who want to share the benefits of local solar. Today you can subscribe to shares in a newly constructed, local solar energy site of your choice and receive bill credits for the energy that your shares generate from the power of the sun. This renewable energy replaces some or all of your regular electricity use and helps drive a clean energy supply, which wouldn’t be possible without support from subscribers.


Benefits of Community Solar

  • 100% local. Choose a brand-new solar energy site that you can see generating renewable energy for the communities PSE serves

  • No roof required. Whether you own or rent, there’s no required investment in equipment to draw the benefits of local solar energy.

  • Get energy credits. Subscriptions are just $20 per month per share. You’ll get bill credits for the solar energy generated by your share(s) to offset a portion of your monthly subscription cost.

Become a founding member to lower your carbon footprint and directly boost access to clean solar energy within our communities. But act fast – space is limited!

 

Community Solar locations

We’ve partnered with communities and organizations across our service area to build multiple new, local solar energy installations. Subscriptions are available now for a limited number of shares per site.

Community Solar
  • How it works

    Community Solar offers PSE electric customers, including renters, homeowners and businesses, the opportunity to choose 100% locally generated solar energy by subscribing to shares in a new solar energy installation of their choice.

    As solar sites are constructed, subscriptions will become available for a limited number of shares per site. When a solar site is fully subscribed, customers can be added to a waitlist for future availability at that site, or they may choose to subscribe to a different site that may be available.

    Subscription details:
    • The program is voluntary and enrollment is simple.
    • You can subscribe to shares in one or more available sites, equal to up to 120% of your average annual electricity usage.
    • Subscriptions are just $20 per month per share automatically added to your regular electricity bill.
    • Subscriptions require a one-year minimum term. Early termination may result in a one-time cancellation fee.
    • The energy generated by your share(s) offsets a portion of your monthly subscription fee as an energy credit on your bill.
    • One share is equal to 1.46kW of 100% local solar energy. Energy credits are equal to $0.045 per kWh generated by your individual share(s) in your subscription.
    • Monthly energy credits will vary based on real-time production of the solar energy sites—credits may be higher in the summer than winter and may vary by project based on location.
    • You can keep your share(s) for the life of the program, estimated to be 15 years or more.
    • After an initial one-year term, you can cancel your subscription at any time, if desired.

    Review the full Terms and Conditions for subscription here.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Who can subscribe to Community Solar?
    The Community Solar program is open to PSE electric customers who are billed monthly. Community Solar will also be available at no cost for a limited number of customers who meet certain income requirements based on household size.

    Will solar panels be installed on my roof?
    No. As we’ve partnered with communities and organizations across our service area to build multiple new, local solar energy installations, the solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of publicly owned buildings and other properties across our service area. As a result, you can share the benefits of 100% local solar energy without having to invest in and install a rooftop solar system on your own. Whether you own or rent, there’s no roof or equipment required to participate.

    How does the program work?
    Community Solar offers PSE electric customers, including renters, homeowners and businesses, the opportunity to choose 100% locally generated solar energy by subscribing to shares in a new solar site of their choice.

    • The program is voluntary and enrollment is simple.
    • You can subscribe to shares in one or more available sites, up to 120% of your average electricity usage.
    • Subscriptions are just $20 per month per share automatically added to your regular electricity bill.
    • Subscriptions require a one-year minimum term. Early termination may result in a one-time cancellation fee of $20 per share.
    • The energy generated by your share(s) offsets a portion of the monthly subscription fee as an energy credit on your bill.
    • Monthly energy credits will vary based on real-time production of the solar energy sites — credits may be higher in the summer than winter and may vary by site based on location.
    • You can keep your shares for the life of the program, estimated to be up to 15 years or more.
    • After a one-year term, you can cancel your subscription at any time, if desired.

    What does it cost to participate in Community Solar?
    Subscriptions are just $20 per month per share. Customers automatically receive energy credits on their PSE monthly electricity bill for the portion of energy their share of the solar site produces to offset a portion of the monthly subscription cost. The amount of the credits will vary site to site based on the actual solar energy the site produces, but will likely not offset the entire monthly subscription cost.

    Find more FAQs here >

  • Income-eligible option

    We believe in a clean energy future that is inclusive and expands access to renewable energy for more of our customers who face barriers to participation. A dedicated portion of shares from every Community Solar site will also be available for PSE electric customers to subscribe to at no cost while receiving savings on their monthly bill. This option offers qualifying customers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint and help lower their energy costs.

    How do I qualify?

    The income-eligible option of Community Solar is now available to qualifying PSE customers with their own residential electric service account who receive a monthly bill and meet certain income requirements per household size as outlined in the below chart.

    Household size Maximum household income per year
    1 $25,760
    2 $34,840
    3 $43,920
    4 $53,000
    5 $62,080
    6 $71,160
    7 $80,240
    8 $89,320

    *Household average annual income levels are based on 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for 2021.

    Customers can learn more and use their PSE account to enroll online, or contact an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482 to find out if they qualify and enroll over the phone. No forms or proof of income are required for an income-eligible customer to receive a subscription of one “share” at no cost in an available Community Solar site of their choice. Customers simply self-qualify during the enrollment process by affirming (online or verbally) that they meet the household income requirements.

    Shares are limited in the income-eligible option of Community Solar and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Customers can join a waitlist for future availability when sites reach full capacity.

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Total kWh generated at all Community Solar sites as of January 17, 2022:

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