With Community Solar, you'll join a nearby solar farm that produces energy on your behalf. You'll reduce pollution, save on your electricity costs, and support clean energy—all without installing solar panels on your roof.
Ampion members are matched with a local solar farm and assigned a portion of the energy it produces. That “share” of energy comes back to members in the form of renewable energy credits on their utility bill — reducing or even completely offsetting electricity costs.
Community Solar 🌻
Imagine it as a "shared garden." Much like a communal garden where you have a portion of land to cultivate, community solar allows you to secure a portion of a solar farm to power your home. Both homeowners and apartment dwellers can benefit from electricity sourced from a local solar farm, which offers rates that are 5-30% less than standard utility charges—this is a guarantee.
Benefits of Community Solar
ZERO solar panels on your premises ZERO fees for enrollment or termination ZERO alterations in your electricity provider
How it Works:
Step 1: Based on your regular energy consumption, the community solar provider allocates a fraction of the solar output from the farm for you.
Step 2: The solar-produced energy is supplied to the local power grid, which then channels it to your home via your regular electricity supplier.
Step 3: Solar credits, corresponding to the solar energy used by your household, show up on your utility bill. You then cover the cost of this solar power at a reduced rate.
A Case Study: By the Numbers
Neighborhood Sun – a Community Solar provider – has helped Maryland residents save money while saving the environment. These figures (as of May 2023*) highlight the impact Neighborhood Sun has on Marylanders.
No cost to join
No change in your utility company
No solar panels on your roof or property
Neighborhood Sun’s mission is to serve the planet by making clean, affordable energy accessible to all. See how Neighborhood Sun has benefited Maryland:
* While Neighborhood Sun supports us through their partnership, there are multiple providers available for community solar in Maryland.
Frequently Asked Questions
This sounds too good to be true! Is there a catch? ↓
Not at all! The objective of Community Solar providers is to bring the advantages of solar energy to every individual. No hidden fees, no sudden rate hikes, no change in your power delivery, and total freedom to withdraw whenever you wish.
Your solar farm portion generates energy credits for you. You reimburse your provider at the lowered rate, which then appears on your monthly electricity statement. For instance, if you typically spend $100 monthly, with a solar farm discount of 10%, you'll now remit $90 to a Community Solar provider. Your bill will indicate $100 worth of solar credits, effectively nullifying most of your dues to the electricity company.
Solar energy, a much more cost-effective source than fossil fuel extraction, is further boosted by state incentives.
You compensate your provider for the credits shown on your bill at the reduced rate specified by your community solar farm. This transaction occurs around one to two months post your receipt of these solar credits, ensuring you're always benefiting and only paying for what's consumed.
Moreover, it's essential to emphasize that this is entirely local energy, originating not from distant states, but right here, endorsing local green employment opportunities.