Frequently Asked Questions

How does RooflessSolar work?

Clean Energy Collective builds a RooflessSolar (Community Solar) array within your utility’s service territory. Then, as clean power is produced by the RooflessSolar array, power is transferred to your local utility’s grid and distributed to customers across the territory. You, as a participant in the program, receive credit on your electric bill for the power produced by your system located within the array.

How much will I save?

Savings will be determined by the size of your system and the bill credit rates provided by your local utility.

You can select your system online or work with a Clean Energy Collective Solar Specialist to customize a proposal that will provide your estimated monthly and lifetime savings.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a RooflessSolar system varies depending on the available options in your market, your system size, and the individualized system selections. We suggest working with a Solar Specialist to determine which participation option is best for you.

Do I have to maintain anything?

No. All maintenance is handled by Clean Energy Collective. CEC handles all operations and maintenance of the RooflessSolar array. In maintaining the system, we monitor production, file any necessary claims against equipment warranties, and replace otherwise damaged equipment.

How is RooflessSolar different than rooftop solar?

It's out of sight and out of mind!

Many homes and businesses are not ideal for the installation of traditional rooftop solar for reasons including shading limitations, shared rooftop ownership, structural issues, accessibility for maintenance, and HOA limitations, to name a few. Because RooflessSolar is not located on your property, any electric customer – even renters - can participate. RooflessSolar is ideally sited and oriented towards the sun, ensuring optimal solar production with commercial grade equipment.

Do customers need to own a home or building to participate?

No! This is one of the many benefits of owning solar with CEC. Anyone with an electric bill is eligible to purchase solar panels, including both homeowners and renters.

How can I monitor my panels’ performance?

As a CEC customer, you can log on to your My Own Clean Energy account via the CEC website.

There you can see your system's details, review your customer documents, and access real-time information about your portion of the array's production, bill credits, and positive environmental impact.

What is the payback period?

If you are a subscribing customer, the average payback rate of a RooflessSolar system will vary from 4-8%, but will be fixed and detailed in your personal proposal.

If you decide to purchase your panels, the payback period can range from as few as 5 years to 15 years, at which point your net savings will escalate over the remainder of the program. Variations in payback are determined by utility bill credit rates, available rebates, financing rates, and system development costs.

Are there any ongoing maintenance fees?

No. All maintenance, service, and insurance is paid for by Clean Energy Collective.

CEC handles all operations and maintenance of the RooflessSolar array. In maintaining the system, we monitor production, file any necessary claims against equipment warranties, and replace otherwise damaged equipment.

Is financing available?

Yes! Financing is available.

Depending on the RooflessSolar options in your area, financing options can range from $0 down/instant savings programs to competitive long-term lending solutions designed to maximize your savings over the life of the program.

What if I move?

Don't worry. We have you covered!

This is one of the many benefits of RooflessSolar. Because the system is not located on your roof or property, you can move within your utility’s service territory and transfer the benefits of the system to your new location. If you move outside your utility’s service territory, you can transfer or sell participation to another utility customer within the market.

What are the available tax benefits?

In most markets, the federal tax credit for solar has already been leveraged in the financing and development of the array and is passed on to you, the customer, in the form of a discounted system price - eliminating the need to file as an individual.

In select markets, you will need to file for your federal tax credits individually. Your Solar Specialist will provide instructions on how to do this, however we do advise you speak with your personal tax consultant to ensure the maximum benefit.

Will I still have a power bill?

Yes, you will still receive a power bill.

our bill will reflect your power usage charges, fixed utility fees, RooflessSolar bill credits, and a final balance. Depending on your system size and program parameters, you may owe nothing, a few fixed fees, or a higher amount if you’re only offsetting a portion of your power usage.