Our community solar projects currently serve New York. More states coming soon.
  • SunPower® New York Community Solar

    Solar for everyone, no roof required

Don't own a house?  Don't get enough sunlight?  Don't worry.

You can still go solar with SunPower Community Solar.

How does Community Solar work?
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1. Solar panels are installed as part of a community solar project at a sunny site in your region.

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2. Solar electricity is generated at the project site and metered by your utility provider.

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3. Clean energy is delivered to your home and credited to your electric bill.

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Benefits of Community Solar

Instead of having panels on your roof, your clean energy comes from a solar project nearby. SunPower Community Solar also:

  • Saves up to 10% on your electric bill
  • Powers your home with clean energy
  • Eliminates the need for rooftop solar panels

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Community Solar?

Community Solar is a way for customers to obtain the benefits of solar without having any panels installed on their roof.  This enables people who live in apartments, condominiums and other residences to go solar. These customers are all part of a “community” of solar energy supporters who obtain their power from a large solar project built within their utility district.

How does Community Solar work?

The customer goes to the community solar website and signs up.  They will receive an email to register and then upload an electronic copy of a recent utility bill.  Then, the customer will go through a credit check process and, if approved, will be provided a contract to sign.  The contract will provide them the ability to purchase energy credits from SunPower at a fixed price and a fixed escalator for 20 years.

What are the benefits of Community Solar?

There are no roof requirements for the customer to install a solar system.  There are no system configurations or roof shading to take into account.  The customer is able to purchase energy credits at a fixed price and a fixed escalator for 20 years.

How do I sign up for Community Solar?

To sign up for Community Solar, call 1-800-SUNPOWER and speak with a sales representative who can help you enroll in SunPower’s Community Solar program.

How do I know if I am in a utility zone that offers Community Solar?

Once the customer enters their address in the Community Solar website, they will be given an immediate response about whether they live where Community Solar is currently offered.  If they are not within an area that currently supports Community Solar, they can provide their contact information. They will be contacted if a Community Solar project is later enabled in their area.

Are there any upfront payments for Community Solar?

There is no cash payment upfront to sign up for Community Solar.  Once the project has been built and energized, the customer will pay SunPower for their energy credits received monthly in accordance with their contract.

What type of contract do I need to sign?

The contract signed by the customer is a power purchase agreement with SunPower, and the term is 20 years at a fixed price per kWh and a fixed annual escalator.

What happens if the project isn't built?

The customer will continue to receive their usual form of electric bill from their existing utility and have not payment obligation from SunPower until the community solar project is built and energized.  If within 2 years of the date that the customer signed the contract the project is not built, then either SunPower or the customer may cancel the contract via written notice.

How will I be billed?

Community Solar customers will receive energy credits from their existing utility on their monthly utility bill for the solar energy generated from the subscribed portion of the community solar project. They will then be billed by SunPower monthly for the amount equal to the energy generated from the subscribed kilowatts of solar project multiplied by a specific cost per kWh.  Customer’s net saving is the difference between the energy credits received from the utility and the amount they pay SunPower.

What happens if I move?If a Community Solar customer moves, then as long as they continue to reside within the same utility zone, then they can continue. This will happen under the same arrangements per the terms and conditions of their contract.  If they move out of the utility zone, then, pending credit review and satisfaction of appropriate criteria, they may contact SunPower to transfer the contract to another person. Or they can terminate the contract based on the contract terms.
How do I find out the status of my Community Solar account?

Once you are registered as a Community Solar customer then you will be able to log into your account via the above website.  Your username is the email address provided when you registered.

Do I own the solar panels or the system?

No. The solar system is not owned by the customer.  The customer is signing a contract to purchase energy credits from SunPower.  They will not own any part of the solar power plant that is constructed.

Who do I call with questions?

For any question about this program you can call 1-800-SUNPOWER.

Put your roof to work. Host a community solar installation.

Did you know you can make money from your unused commercial rooftop? We are currently looking for large roof space in New York to install rooftop solar for our community solar projects. Our experts can explain more.