What does community solar mean?

With community solar, a solar electricity system is installed on a suitable roof or parcel of land, and then participants who live elsewhere sign up to get benefits from the system, either by receiving net metering credits or offsets toward their electric bill. Participants save money on electric bills and support clean energy deployment without having to install solar themselves.

The Technology

How It Works

  • Click into the logos below to investigate community solar projects in MA. Community solar options through each provider are subject to change based on current availability. ​
  • Review terms of any subscription(s) in your area. The State of MA has helpful advice on how to evaluate your choices. ​
  • Subscribe to community solar and receive net metering credits or offsets towards your electric bill. ​
  • Power your home with low-cost clean electricity and support clean energy deployment. ​


What Is Community Solar?

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Community Solar Marketplace

Community Solar Subscription Managers

Does your company provide community solar subscriptions in MA? If so, email goclean@masscec.com to propose listing your organization here.

Why Should I Consider community solar?

Joining a local community solar farm is a great way to bring clean energy home.

Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using locally-produced clean electricity

Save on Electricity Bills

You will receive credits every month on your electric bill. The amount credited will depend on the amount of community solar electricity you’ve signed up for

Minimal costs and commitment

Since you won’t need to install solar panels, the upfront costs of going solar with a community solar provider are minimal. It is a subscription service

No Hassle

Anyone who pays their own electric bill, including renters and condo owners, can participate in a community solar project

Other ways to provide clean electricity for your home

Solar Electricity: Installing a solar electricity system on your roof is a great way to transition part or all of your home’s electricity to clean sources. A solar electricity system uses electricity generated on-site by the solar panels to power your home. Installing a solar electricity system may be a larger up-front investment than purchasing clean electricity but pays for itself over time and can become a revenue-generating asset for the owner.

Buy Clean Electricity: Renters or homeowners who are not ready to invest in solar electricity or do not have a suitable roof or parcel of land for solar panels can opt in to purchase their electricity from clean sources, like solar or wind power. Anyone who pays an electric bill, including renters, is eligible to buy clean electricity, helping to increase demand in Massachusetts for clean energy resources.

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