Frequently Asked Questions
What are community-owned solar gardens?

The Clean Energy Collective constructs and maintains solar arrays, in ideally centralized locations. For customers outside of Massachusetts, the panels in the solar arrays are owned by individual community members who receive credits on their electricity bill for the power produced by their panels. Massachusetts residents can sign up for our SolarPerks Program with $0 down.

Community solar allows all customers the opportunity to utilize clean renewable energy. Any business or consumer can now take advantage of solar power including renters, those with poorly sighted properties and individuals of all income levels, without having to build a costly system of their own. Community solar customers receive the same financial benefits as they would if the panels were installed on their roofs. However, since CEC performs all the maintenance and provides the solar industry's best warranty - up to 50 years - consumers don't have to worry about maintenance or repair.

Clean Energy Collective operates solar gardens in many locations. Find your utility company below to get started:






What am I purchasing?
You are purchasing and owning specific solar panels that will be mounted in a community array that is operated and maintained by the Clean Energy Collective.
How much does it cost?
Starting prices vary based on what utility you are a customer of. Please call the CEC directly (1-844-CEC-SALE) so we can propose system that fits your energy needs.
Is financing available?
Yes! CEC has financing options that are easy and affordable. If you want to maximize your savings right from the start to offset your entire electric bill, then CEC has a loan program suited for you. Our loan services offer the first low-cost, long-term loan program designed exclusively for Clean Energy Collective customers. If you want to incrementally add panels to your system over time, then CEC's financial plans are for you. Start with one panel and add over time until you are 100% community solar-powered! Click here to read more about CEC's financing options.
Do customers need to own a home or building to participate?
No! This is one of the many benefits of going solar with the CEC. Anyone with an electric bill is eligible to purchase solar panels, including homeowners, businesses, renters, lessees, community organizations, etc.
Do I have to file apply for rebates or file with the IRS tax credits?
No! The CEC takes care of everything so that you don't have the hassle of filling out tax credit forms or rebate applications. The CEC takes advantage of the rebates and tax credits, passing on the savings to you for a hands-free experience, year after year. Most importantly you won't have to come up with the additional out-of-pocket costs and then wait around for your rebate and tax credits to come back to you.
Will I have to pay additional fees in the future?
No. All of the insurance, warranty, management and maintenance for the systems are included in the initial sales price and escrow program. As a customer you will not have to pay any additional out of pocket fees.
Can I get more panels after I start?
Absolutely. At any time, CEC customers may increase how much is offset from their energy bills from their solar panels.
What happens if I move?
Customers may:
  • Transfer your ownership to your new account
  • Resell your ownership at a fair market value
  • Donate your ownership to a local non-profit
  • Transfer your ownership to a family member
How is the credit to my monthly utility bill determined?
Due to the fact that your solar panels are part of an array that shares one production meter, your bill will be credited back at a pro-rata share of the entire array's production.
Who owns the energy/electricity produced?
As a CEC customer, you will own the rights to the power that your panels produce. Utilities have agreed to buy this energy at a premium rate, paying you a certain percentage more than energy produced by a traditional, rooftop solar system.
How much will I save on my bill in the first year and over the life of the system?
As energy prices increase over time, your CEC energy cost remains fixed because of your participation in community solar.. To get a better idea of how much you can save, please call the CEC directly (1-844-CEC-SALE) and a solar advisor would be glad to assist!
When will my system have paid for itself?
This depends on how much energy prices increase. The CEC estimates that at 5% annual energy price inflation, systems up to 6 kW will pay for themselves in 12.8 years.
What is the "lifetime" of the system?
Due to our Maintenance and Operation Program our equipment will last longer and produce more power than the average rooftop PV system. The CEC warranty for your panels covers production over 50 years!
What happens to the rate at which my utility credits my bill if energy prices go up?
If your utility's rates increase, your power credits will also increase proportionally. As rates increase, your power credits will remain greater than the standard credited rate, which hedges against energy prices and ensures a strong payback.
Can I get an annual performance report?
Operation and maintenance reports specific to your ownership's production will be available annually. In addition you can log on to your My Clean Energy account on the CEC website at any time and access real-time information about your system's production, bill credits, positive environmental impact, and much more.
How can customers pay for their ownership in the CEC?
The CEC accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.