Would you like to have solar on your roof but can’t? Perhaps you live in an apartment. Or a high-rise condo. Or maybe you have a lovely home with trees that shade the roof. Or it could be that you’re not sure how long you may stay in your current home. If this is you, consider Community Solar.
With Community Solar, you commit to a portion of the electricity generated by a nearby offsite solar farm and receive credit on your electricity bill for the power produced, as if the panels were on your own roof. In other states, such a subscription has even lowered people’s monthly electric bills.
Think of it like community supported agriculture (CSA) for your electricity needs! The solar farmers get a committed customer base, and can plan their investments for the coming years.
However, we need legislation to bring Community Solar to Pennsylvania. There’s a recently introduced bill, House Bill 531, that does just that. It would allow residents who rent, or have shady roofs, or who can’t afford to install panels on their own roofs to buy into a community solar project.
This bill already has significant support, with about 40 co-sponsors. From all of these representatives, as of this writing:
KAUFER, BULLOCK, SCHWEYER, MILLARD, DONATUCCI, CALTAGIRONE, SCHLOSSBERG, ULLMAN, MURT, VITALI, DiGIROLAMO, McNEILL, PICKETT, BARRAR, FREEMAN, NEILSON, STAATS, HILL-EVANS, COMITTA, ZABEL, SHUSTERMAN, WARREN, DAWKINS, RAVENSTAHL, TOOHIL, MULLINS, BURGOS, DALEY, JAMES, ISAACSON, STEPHENS, MEHAFFIE, HERSHEY, STURLA, T. DAVIS, INNAMORATO, KINSEY, KENYATTA, SAPPEY, CIRESI, DRISCOLL, FRANKEL, HOHENSTEIN, MASSER, STRUZZI, OTTEN, KRUEGER, GILLEN, BOBACK, RADER, SANCHEZ, LEE, FLYNN, SIMS, MARKOSEK and BIZZARRO
Affordable solar means clean energy for all. Which translates to lower carbon emissions. Who wouldn’t like this?