Community Solar

Easy Renewable Energy Option for Residential Customers

Community Solar ARI array

No Roof? No Problem. You Can Still Run on Sunshine!

Interested in going solar but can't because you rent or your home is too shaded? Now it's easy to choose 100% locally-generated solar energy.

Austin Energy's Community Solar program provides residential customers access to locally generated solar energy — no installation required! When you enroll in Community Solar, Austin Energy invests in solar projects within the Austin community to meet 100% of your electricity needs.

As a Community Solar customer, you:

Local, Home-Grown Sunshine

Austin Energy’s Community Solar program now has three project sites:

  • The Palmer Array (185 kW), located on the Palmer Events Center on Barton Springs Road, between South First and Lamar Boulevard.
  • La Loma community solar farm (2.6 MW) located northeast of Springdale Road and Airport Boulevard.
  • Austin Bergstrom International Airport (1.8 MW) located on the roof of the Blue Parking Garage.

Community Solar and Your Electric Bill

When enrolled in the Community Solar program, customers no longer pay the Power Supply Adjustment. Instead, they pay a fixed Community Solar rate, which offers more stable utility bills for 15 years.

The Community Solar rate currently adds $14 to the average subscriber’s monthly energy bill. This increase is based on an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) monthly energy usage.

City of Austin Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers can receive a reduced rate for community solar of $0.0277/kWh.

Comparison of Traditional Energy and Community Solar

 

Traditional Energy Community Solar
Rate on your bill Power Supply Adjustment (PSA): currently 3.078¢/kWh Community Solar rate: 4.27¢/kWh
(2.77¢/kWh for eligible CAP customers)
Term of rate Adjusted annually based on market prices 15-year fixed
Rate covers these costs Utility costs associated with regular, blended power supply Costs associated with procuring locally-generated solar energy

Community Solar Is Green-e® Energy Certified
 

Austin Energy's Community Solar program is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.

For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63-GREEN or visit the Green-e Energy website.

How to Subscribe

  • Call 512-482-5346 or complete and submit the enrollment form below.
     
  • Austin Energy will enroll you in the Community Solar program and the Community Solar charge will appear on your bill during the next billing cycle.
     
  • Community Solar is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If Community Solar subscription capacity runs out, customers will be placed on a waiting list and enrolled when more Community Solar becomes available.

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Date last reviewed or modified: 4/19/21

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