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Community Solar is a way for PSE electric customers to share the benefits of 100% local solar power. By subscribing to shares of a local solar array of your choice, you can replace some, or all, of your regular electricity use with renewable solar energy and help drive a clean energy supply that wouldn’t be possible without support from subscribers.


Benefits of Community Solar

  • 100% local.PSE partners with schools and other local organizations to build solar energy installations right in the communities we serve.

  • 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.

  • Help the environment. Subscribing to Community Solar can help lower your carbon footprint.

 

Join Community Solar

Space is limited in our Community Solar program, and new sites sell out fast! Sign up today, join a site waitlist or sign up for the interest list to be the first to know about new Community Solar sites we’re installing throughout our service area.


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 solar array of their choice.

    As Community 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 if one is 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’s inclusive and expands access to renewable energy to all customers. Qualifying customers who meet household income requirements can enroll in a single share of a Community Solar site of their choice at no cost. This allows them to save up to $11 on their electric bill every month while reducing their carbon footprint.

    Learn more

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Total kWh generated at all* Community Solar sites as of December 03, 2022:

407,609

*Total kWh generated at all sites except Kittitas and Manastash Ridge.