Community solar offers a way for virtually anyone to go solar, without
installing solar panels on their roof or their property. Sometimes
referred to as “shared solar,” wherein homeowners collectively pay for
a solar system that provides power to multiple households. A large
scale, off-site solar panel installation will typically offer available
energy to hundreds of homeowners.
In many cases, a community solar array can be built to power an entire
neighborhood or town. A resident can either own a few of the community
array’s solar panels or rent them in order to get discounted energy rates
without having to make any up-front purchase. Because the excess power
is delivered to the grid, net metering can be thought of as a solar storage
solution that allows you to push and pull energy to and from the grid
without having to pay extra for a home battery to provide backup.