Solar PanelsCommunity solar is a solar energy system that generates renewable energy and is shared by multiple subscribers in a community, those subscribers receive credit on their electricity bill for their portion of the energy generated by the solar panels. Energy Services works with partners to address low-income energy challenges and provide access to alternative clean energy that participants might not have otherwise.

PROJECTS

Phase I: Co-op Utility Community Solar Project - Energy Services partnered with Cherryland Cooperative and the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency to implement a Low-Moderate Income Community Solar project for up to 50 low-income households in the Grand Traverse region. Each household underwent weatherization upgrades to their homes and were assigned nine (9) panel shares from which they will receive a monthly credit. 

Phase II: Municipality Utility - Village of L'Anse Community Solar Project - Energy Services partnered with the Village of L'Anse and the Baraga-Houghton-Keweenaw Community Action Agency to implement a Low-Income Community Solar project for up to 25 low-income households in the Village of L'Anse. Each household underwent weatherization upgrades to their homes and purchased up to ten (10) panels. The panels are financed through on-bill financing and the subscribers can view the solar credit on their electric bill. 

Phase III: Investor Owned Utility - Coming Soon!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Phase III Community Solar Program - Coming Soon!

Energy Services Sponsorship Program

RESOURCES

A Guide to Community Shared Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development

The Solarize Guidebook: A community guide to collective purchasing of residential PV system