Solar Farm FAQs

For most people, community solar is a new idea. And it can be confusing. We commend your willingness to dig in and learn! Below is a list of answers to common questions that come up as people learn about community solar. Feel free to contact us with follow-up questions.

A solar farm is a privately owned business established for the purpose of capturing energy from the sun and converting it to electricity. The electricity is then distributed via the utility grid. People can subscribe to a solar farm and receive a credit on their electricity bills for their share of the energy produced. Ampion acts as a broker for the solar farms, enrolling new subscribers and providing customer service.

Electricity is measured in Watts. Because solar farms are producing large amounts of electricity, it is typically measured in megawatts (MW). The output of a solar farm is measured and tracked by the utility company. 

 

  • 1,000 watts equals a kilowatt (kW)
  • 1,000 kilowatts equals a megawatt (MW)

Construction of a solar farm takes about 16 weeks. However, finding a viable site, funding the project and acquiring all the permits necessary to start construction is the real challenge. That process can take six months over a year, depending on the permitting process and coordination with the utility. 

Solar farms are usually located in suburban and rural areas. Solar farms can also make use of abandoned industrial properties, bringing new activity back to the local economy. 

Search our inventory to find out if one is available near you.

The short answer is anyone! 

So long as you have an active utility account, you’re eligible. There’s no special equipment to buy or install. Don’t own your property? No problem. Homeowners, renters, places of worship, and small businesses can all support clean energy and benefit from cheap solar power.

When you provide us with your utility bill, we can do a couple of things that enable us to make a good match. First, we review your past year of electricity usage so we know how much energy you need. The second thing we do is identify your service area and search for local solar farms that have the capacity available to meet your needs. In most cases, that’s it. A match is made and you’re offered a subscription to that solar farm.   

People are joining all the time, so probably, yes. However, out of respect for our customer’s privacy, we can’t actually answer this question. We suggest that you ask your neighbors about it. 

Referencing your utility bill, we can determine how much electricity you’ll need each month. We then find a solar farm that has matching capacity. Your allocation is the portion of the solar farms’ energy that is dedicated to meeting your needs. The goal is to make sure that the amount of bill credits you recieve on your bill matches your annual electricity costs. 

Yes. Subscribing to a solar farm while it is being developed is a way to reserve capacity for yourself. This commits the solar farm to meet your energy needs once it goes live. You won’t be charged a subscription fee during the construction phase. Neither will you receive any credits on your bill. 

Enter your zip code to learn if our service is available in your area. If you live in an eligible area, we’ll direct you to a sign-up page where you can get started. The specific steps vary with each utility but the basics are pretty simple. 

 

  1. Enter your zip code
  2. Select a solar farm
  3. Upload a utility statement to calculate the amount of credits needed to offset your electricity usage as well as validate that your account is eligible for the program
  4. Enter payment information. You can pay with a credit card or link to your bank account. 
  5. Complete the DocuSign form.