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Community Solar Program
Northfield has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to bring Northfielders easy and immediate access to new community solar farms in northern Illinois. Northfielders can support solar development in Illinois while saving on your electricity bill!
On April 22, the Village partnered with the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library for an educational Zoom, which was recorded and can be viewed here.
What Is Community Solar?
A community solar project is a single site solar installation that is shared by multiple consumers (termed “subscribers”). Each subscriber receives credits for their share of the electricity generated by their community solar installation (termed “net metering credits”). These net metering credits reduce the amount of electricity charged to the subscriber’s account each month to yield cost savings. With community solar, subscribers can reduce their monthly bills with solar without installing or maintaining any equipment on their property.
How does Community Solar work?
Community solar projects generate electricity, and that power is delivered to the electric grid of the utility. Consumers can sign up (“subscribe”) to a community solar project and receive monthly net metering credits based on the size of their subscription. These net metering credits reduce the amount of electricity charged to the subscriber’s account each month to yield cost savings.
Benefits of Community Solar
It is an easy way to support clean energy generation located within Illinois. Supporting these types of projects helps reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and supports clean energy generation. In addition, you do not have to invest in a solar asset on your rooftop, which may not be right for everybody. You will receive a net metering credit on your monthly ComEd electric utility bill for your share of the generation created by these projects. The program does not have upfront costs, will not lock you into a long-term contract, and will provide savings if the subscriber follows a few simple steps.
How Do I Sign-Up?
Your first step is to sign-up for the Reservation List. Once you have submitted your information, MC Squared Energy Services, LLC. will contact you when a solar farm is ready to take on your account. There are no fees or costs associated with the Reservation List, and there is no obligation to become a subscriber. MC Squared Energy Services, LLC. will be handling all of the sign-ups and account administration.
How Does Billing Work?
It is a two-stage process. After successfully completing the enrollment process, you will receive net metering credits on your ComEd bill. Then, after you have received your net metering credits for ComEd, MC Squared Energy Services, LLC. will bill you for 80% of the net metering credits - leaving you with 20% of all net metering credits. You will also be able to see how your participation helps the environment each month! Click here for an example of what your monthly bill will look like.
Click here to sign-up for the Community Solar Reservation List! To contact the program administrators, call (833) 970-3552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to contact the Village of Northfield to participate in the program. However, if you have questions, please call Holly Fabbri at (847)784-3510.