Community Solar: Go solar without installation or cost
We’re excited that we've partnered together – Seaside Sustainability and Relay Power. This partnership allows members to subscribe to a local community solar farm, save money and help get more clean, local solar energy on the grid!
For members that take action to support clean power, Seaside Sustainability will receive a donation!
Relay Power has already helped thousands of Massachusetts customers save money and support clean energy. You’ll help yourself, your community and your planet AND Relay will make a donation to Seaside Sustainability just because you took action to live more sustainably.
Community Solar Makes Solar Available to All
Is your rooftop not quite right for solar panels? There’s a new option on the market: Community solar. See how easy it is to go solar, no rooftop needed.
Is Community Solar For You?
- Your home’s rooftop faces the wrong way or has too much shade
- You’re in a condo and don’t necessarily own the roof
- You’re concerned about how solar panels would look on your roof
What you should know about Community Solar
Community Solar is a maintenance-free, managed service, with a remotely-located solar array, sometimes referred to as a solar garden.
How it Works: With community solar, you’ll get credit on your electric bill for energy produced on a remote solar garden located in your region. Since the credits are purchased at a special discounted rate, you’ll automatically save on your utility bills. And don’t worry about any repairs or maintenance; the developer takes care of that. We’re taking reservations now with no upfront investment. Demand is rising, and with more developers building solar gardens, our capacity is starting to open up.
Find out if you qualify
Community Solar is available to qualified National Grid or Eversource Massachusetts electric ratepayers.
Community Solar and the Relay Power Difference
We are dedicated to encouraging the use of renewable energy to make it easier for people to live more sustainably. We specialize in community solar in Massachusetts and are expanding our efforts to include other states and other clean distributed forms of electric generation.
More to Learn about Community Solar
Deciding to “go solar” with community solar will make a big difference, for you as well as your community. There’s a reason it’s growing in popularity – it’s an easy way to lower your utility bills and our carbon footprint.
While rooftop solar power systems have become more commonplace, community solar in is relatively new. Here are answers to common questions about this alternative way to go solar.
Q: What is community solar?
A: Community solar, sometimes referred to as shared solar, is an easy way to go solar using energy from a local solar garden instead of requiring panels to be installed on your roof. Energy is produced at an off-site solar garden and homeowners purchase credits which offset some or all of their existing electric bill. Community solar is a maintenance-free managed solution available to all types of homeowners, including condo owners and homeowners whose rooftops are not right for solar photovoltaic panels.
Q: Why community solar instead of rooftop solar?
A: Community solar allows you to convert almost all of your electric usage to renewable solar power and production isn’t restricted by the size and shape of your roof. Community solar is a renewable solution for the 80% of residents who would like to go solar but can’t because their roof isn’t suitable (shaded, too small, too old, etc.). It creates equal access to solar power. While democratizing solar, community solar also helps prevent carbon dioxide emissions and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. It also helps grow the solar power industry and creates more jobs.
Q: Can I get community solar?
A: Qualified National Grid or Eversource rate payers in Massachusetts may have access to community solar. We may not have space on a project in your utility service area, but can let you know when space becomes available.
Q: What’s so special about community solar?
A: Community solar gives the majority of residents the opportunity to go solar without having to make an upfront investment or install any solar panels on their roof.
- Expands Access. Any qualified National Grid or Eversource ratepayer in Massachusetts can access community solar. This includes condo owners in multi-unit dwellings and homeowners with a roof facing the wrong direction or with too much shade.
- Improves Production. The locations of solar gardens are selected and the panel arrays are optimized for maximum production (i.e. panels are angled perfectly in sunny areas).
- Offers Portability and Transferability. When consumers who have purchased community solar moves, they can take it with them to another location in their load zone, or transmission area. If you move out of your load zone, community solar can be transferred or gifted to a friend, family member or neighbor.
Ease of Use
- Doesn’t Affect Aesthetics. A homeowner doesn’t have to worry about how solar panels would look on his roof or about the need to take down any shade trees blocking the sun.
- Requires No Installation. For those who don’t want to (or can’t) have rooftop panels on their home, community solar is a perfect solution. All of the installation takes place off-site—all a homeowner has to do is sign up, and Relay Power will find a suitable garden based on where you live.
Q: How much does community solar cost?
A: The good news: You can get started with no upfront investment. Even better, community solar power is delivered to you at a rate lower than you’re paying today.
Q: How much can a customer expect to save?
A: In general, a customer can look forward to the certainty of lower electricity costs and the satisfaction of using renewable energy. The total amount of savings depends on how large your electric bill is and the solar garden available in your area.
Q: What would my electric bill show?
A: Community solar production is linked to a ratepayer’s bill via a process known as virtual net metering. Virtual net metering credits the ratepayer with their share of the entire array’s production.
Q: How does the customer see this on his or her bill?
A: With virtual net metering in Massachusetts, these credits will be applied directly to the customer’s utility bill. Virtual net metering enables energy produced in a solar garden, miles away from a ratepayer’s home, to be credited on his or her bill.
Q: Who maintains the solar panels?
A: You do no work, we make sure that’s taken care of for you.
Q: What is the lifetime of the system?
A: The solar panels are generally guaranteed to produce for 25 years.