What is CEC’s Community-Owned Solar program? CEC community solar is a revolutionary way for utility companies to offer renewable energy to their customers – all through a turnkey program that doesn’t create an additional workload.
This is how it works at a high level: CEC locates, funds and constructs a centralized utility-scale (500 kW to 50 MW) solar facility that is interconnected to the utility’s grid at an ideal location. The energy generated flows directly to the utility under a mutually agreed contract (PPA, FIT, etc.) and is controlled by the utility. Customers of the utility have the opportunity to purchase solar panels from the community solar facility. In return, the participating customer is issued its portion of the respective contract (monetary payment) via an on-bill credit applied against their existing utility bill for the energy generated by their panels. The on-bill credit is automatically applied by CEC’s proprietary RemoteMeter® software, which integrates directly with the utility’s billing system. All of this is provided to the utility by Clean Energy Collective with no capital costs and no staff time required. Add to your renewable energy portfolio and customer satisfaction with no added costs!