Community Solar Helps Residents Reduce Energy Consumption and Save Money

Global warming is revealing itself more and more each day. We don’t have a never ending supply of resources, so it’s imperative that we be mindful of our actions – one being reducing our energy consumption. It’s also important to use renewable sources of energy so we don’t run out of the few nonrenewable resources that we have left.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Georgia is one of the top 10 solar states. There are 170,000 homes powered by solar and there are 3,924 solar jobs in the state, but how can we make solar power and energy efficiency more accessible?

One neat way is community solar. Community solar, sometimes called shared solar, allows you to purchase affordable clean energy produced close to home, without installing any new equipment. Anyone who pays their own power bill, including renters and owners, can then buy subscriptions for a portion of the energy produced by the system, which is credited against their power bill.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. You subscribe to a community solar project.
  2. The solar panels in your community project produce electricity.
  3. Your local utility then distributes the electricity to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses.
  4. You’ll receive a credit on your utility bill for the electricity your subscription generates. You’ll also save money and help support local clean energy.

Georgia has other types of solar including: distributed generation (or rooftop solar), which delivers energy generated from solar panels on a home’s rooftop directly to the home. There’s also utility scale solar, which are large utility owned solar arrays that aren’t usually located in the community using the energy. This allows families to access solar without the potential fuss and expense of installing panels on their rooftops.

Accessible energy efficiency programs and community solar can help families in Georgia access clean, affordable energy. If you’d like to have more control over your energy consumption, read a couple of the following options.

  1. Learn about PayGo, a prepay program. For more information, visit PayGoUtilities.com.
  2. For Georgia Power customers, consider enrolling in the PrePay program for more flexibility and better management of your utility bill.

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