Community solar provides members access to two large scale solar arrays, which gives you, and every member, access to clean solar power – not just homeowners with southern-facing roofs, upfront money to pay for an on-site system, and willing to cover their home in panels.
The SpartanSolar community arrays are located on M-55 between Cadillac and Lake City, Michigan and at the intersection of M-60 and Decatur Rd. in Cassopolis, Michigan. Your panel subscription entitles you to a share of the energy produced by our utility-scale community solar arrays. The clean energy produced by the solar arrays will be pushed onto the electric grid, not routed to any specific home. No extra meter is required.
Your monthly bill credit is $0.10/kWh based upon your panel subscription’s share of the actual solar power generated for that month. Monthly bill credits will be issued the month following the actual generation. No extra paperwork is needed.
Credits will begin to accrue beginning on the first day of the month following enrollment. The credits will appear on your bill immediately following the first full calendar month enrolled. Credits will continue to accrue for each full month of enrollment for a total of 15 years (180 months).
As with wind generation, accurately forecasting solar output is difficult because of ever advancing technology and the variability of Michigan’s weather. With that said, a single panel subscription in the SpartanSolar community array should produce approximately $40 in credits per year. Monthly credits will vary with the seasons.
Your local distribution co-op can help you calculate this number, but most households would need about 24 panel subscriptions to power their home using clean solar energy (based on an average of 800 kWh per month). The clean energy produced by the solar array will be pushed onto the electric grid, not routed to your home.
There is no limit to the number of subscriptions you can purchase, as long as there are enough subscriptions still available in the community solar arrays. The SpartanSolar community arrays have 6,836 panels.