What Is Community Solar?
Companies that own large numbers of solar panels ("farms"), offer the benefit of electricity produced to customers in a community at a reduced rate. These companies are able to offer the reduced rate through net metering credits they receive from the local utility (National Grid in Williamsburg's case).
What Is Virtual Net-Metering?
Virtual (or group or neighborhood) net metering (now also called "shared renewables") allows utility customers to share the benefit of electricity output from a single power project, typically in proportion to their ownership of the shared system.
Community solar and virtual net-metering are good alternatives for those who want solar-produced electricity, but cannot purchase their own solar panels.
A representative from the companies below will be at the Energy Committee's presentation on community solar and virtual net-metering on June 11, 2016 at 10:00am in the Town Offices auditorium.
- Hampshire Council of Governments
- Bluewave Solar
- Coop Power
- Clean Energy Consortium