The solar project produces electricity and sends the electricity to the utility grid. Customers receive their electricity from the utility just as they do today and get credits on their electric bills. Customers are billed by DRS for the credits at a 10% discount. DRS bills are processed using autopay.
Homeowners, renters, non-profits, and businesses with an active NYSEG / RGE account can participate. Participating members must be served by the same utility as the solar farm. Credit requirement: soft credit check with 600 FICO minimum. Customers with positive utility payment history will also be considered.
The solar project generates electricity. Each month customers receive bill credits for their portion of the solar power produced. These bill credits offset charges on their electric utility bill. After the credits appear on your utility bill, you pay DRS at a 10% discount off the utility's kilowatt hour rate.
Yes. Your current electric service will not be interrupted, and you will still receive your electricity from the utility as you do now.
The utility's manage budget billing differently. Generally, community solar credits may not be realized on budget billed accounts until the utility reconciles your charges which could be quarterly or longer. Customers should contact the utility to discuss their practices and may have to remove Budget Billing prior to enrolling in Community Solar.
Yes! In addition to providing local jobs and financial savings on community member’s electricity bills, DRS solar projects benefit the local communities through increased tax revenue, preservation of the farm land for future use, local partnerships, use of local vendors for construction and maintenance, and much more.
Community Solar reduces the amount of energy generated from coal and natural gas plants, improving our local air quality and health, and for each customer who participates in community solar, the impact in terms of carbon emissions reduction is the equivalent of no longer driving a car for the life of the project, 20-30 years!
Each 2 MW solar farm offsets approximately 5 million pounds of carbon annually. This is huge! For each customer that participates the carbon offset is equivalent on average to not driving their car for the life of the project (20-30 years). In addition, DRS projects use no toxic chemicals, herbicides, or pesticides and emit minimal noise and light. DRS works with municipalities to ensure all permitting procedures are followed which includes endangered species, cultural heritage, and environmental and wetland preservation. In addition, DRS raises sheep and other livestock to maintain the grass on the solar farm and is looking to add bees and pollinator-friendly habitats as well.
DRS Community Solar sites are predominantly clear sites and typically surrounded by natural vegetation. DRS works with municipalities to identify and plant native vegetation in order to mask the solar farm and reduce its visibility where desirable.
The terms and conditions for residential and small commercial non-demand customers are:
Upfront Cost - $0
On-site installation - None
Discount to electric utility rate - 10%
Agreement Term - 1 year, automatic renewal
Cancellation fee - $0, cancel anytime. * Please be aware that the utility requires 30-60 days to remove a customer from a project. You will only be charged for credits earned and applied to your utility bills until the credits run out and you are removed from the project.
Large commercial demand customers should contact DRS at email@example.com for more information.Download the DRS Customer Subscription Agreement for Residential and Small Commercial Non-demand Meters
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