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It's far less expensive and doesn't require a large space or roof. MGED Solar Community projects are designed to provide an opportunity to share in the benefits of locally produced power from a solar array without a major investment. It will give participants the chance to see for themselves how this power affects their bill and compares to the cost of our typical energy supplies. And if you want to install or lease your own solar array, you can do that too.
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Shared solar supply, also known as Community Solar, is a solar panel system which supplies electric power and is shared by more than one household/business. For a more detailed explanation see: Community solar: What is it? or Community and Shared Solar.
All MGED customers that are in good standing are eligible to participate in the Solar Community Program. Each Solar Community project will have a participation limit based on the size of the project. Customer participation is limited to one share per Solar Community project. There is currently one Solar Community offerings:
Solar Community Project 2 - currently accepting waitlist applications
There is a monthly fee to participate in the program. By month 13, it is anticipated that participating customers will begin receiving bill credits.
Solar Community: The monthly fee is estimated to be $5/month for the first year, and may vary. The average net credit beginning in month 13 is estimated to be $2 to $4 per month; i.e., from that point on, your monthly electric bill is expected be reduced by about $2 to $4.
Please see our Solar Community Financial Summary (PDF) for more details.
Solar Community Business: The monthly fee is estimated to be $25/month for the first year, and may vary. The average net credit beginning in month 13 is estimated to be $10 to $20 per month; i.e., from that point on, your monthly electric bill is expected be reduced by about $10 to $20.
Fees and/or credits associated with each Solar Community Project you participate in will be listed as a separate line item as one consolidated amount on your bill.
The credits that participating customers are anticipated to receive by month 13 are funded by the money MGED expects to save from reducing transmission and capacity costs associated with the purchase of electricity from the wholesale market. Transmission and capacity costs are determined by our total system load during critical peak times when the electrical grid is most stressed, typically during the summer from 2 pm-7 pm. Solar Community projects generate electricity within MGED's service area, thereby reducing these costs. These savings will be divided among participating customers.
Solar Community net credits are estimated to be as much as $300 over a ten-year period. Solar Community Business net credits are estimated to be as much as $1,500 over a ten-year period.
You are not paying for the installation costs of the solar array. However you are paying for the cost of the power generated by that array, as charged to MGED by the owners/operators of the array. This is typically a little higher than current wholesale energy costs but will remain fixed for the life of the contract. The project will also save costs by generating power locally and that savings should start by month 13. The monthly charge is based on the difference between the cost of the energy produced by the Solar Community project (as identified in the Solar Purchase Power Agreement) and the projected monthly energy charges (Purchase Power Charge and Purchase Power Adjustment) for the purchase of wholesale electricity.
The Solar Community Program term is 10 years.
Yes. We require only a 30-day notice for removal from the program however past charges collected for participation in the program cannot be refunded. Based on current estimates, participating customers are expected to receive credits by month 13 and for the remainder of the 10-year term.
110 residential shares or 22 commercial shares or any combination of the two. [If 5 commercial customers take shares, it reduces the residential shares by 25 shares.]
Yes, 1 share.
No, but your first month will include a separate "catch-up" charge for the months that the project was operating that you missed. If you wait until June, you'll see a $5 MGED Solar Community P-1 charge AND a separate miscellaneous charge of $10 for April and May.
The solar Net Metering rate is for customers who choose to purchase, install and operate solar generation equipment on their own property, limited to a 10 kilowatt (direct current) size.
The Solar Community Program is a community shared solar program for customers who opt to share the benefits/risks of a large solar array installed within the MGED service territory without incurring the capital cost of installation.
These programs are independent from each other. MGED customers are welcome to participate in both programs.
Solar array(s) for the Solar Community program will be installed at commercial/municipal locations within MGED's service territory. Current solar arrays projects completed or in the process are: