Get your piece of the sun.
How big is a community solar farm and how much energy should I purchase?
A community solar farm in Massachusetts can be up to 2 megawatts (MW), covering approximately 10 acres. This translates to enough solar energy to power about 400 single-family homes. BlueWave will analyze your electric bill to determine your energy usage and how much solar power you should purchase annually.
For example, an average home uses about 11,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year and would generally purchase a community solar portion of 6-10 kilowatts (kW). This is the size system an average homeowner would install on their roof, if they could, and it will generate from 7,000-11,000 kWh annually. An apartment will need a slightly smaller portion.
Like all solar customers, community solar customers save when the sun shines. Because community solar systems are ground mounted and optimized for sun exposure, their yields offer maximized energy generation.
What is virtual net metering?
Traditional net metering allows individuals with qualifying onsite renewable power installations, such as solar panels, to sell any excess power generated back to their utility for credit on their electric bill. Virtual net metering removes this onsite generation requirement, which means you can benefit financially from net metering without having panels on your roof. Community solar members can be credited for their portion of a solar farm’s energy production, with the credits applied against the member’s electricity bill to reduce electricity costs.
What will virtual net metering look like on my bill?
As a BlueWave Community Solar member, you will receive dollar-for-dollar credit on your utility bill for your portion of the solar farm’s power. Since we calculate your power portion to reflect your expected energy usage, this credit will offset all or most of your electric bill. BlueWave will bill you separately for your community solar membership fee, which is calculated each month to reflect an overall electricity discount of 10%.
Get started with community solar.
- Complete our secure online application.
- You’ll provide some personal contact information and either a copy of your utility bill or your account number.
- We’ll also need your permission to do a credit check in order to approve you as a member.
- Within 2 business days, we’ll notify you of your approval.
- We will then assess your utility bill to determine and reserve your appropriate community solar portion.
- We will return a contract for you to sign via DocuSign.
- Through BlueWave’s Solar Management Platform, you can check the status of your local solar farm development, communicate with other members, and access your monthly statements.