Save up to $132 while reducing your carbon footprint
Community Solar is an opportunity for qualified residential electric customers to save up to $11 per month on their electric bill while sharing the benefits of 100% local solar energy—all at no additional cost and with nothing to install or maintain.
Join Community Solar now
Save money on your electric bill and bring local renewable energy to our communities. It’s free to enroll if you meet household income requirements, but act fast: shares are limited.
Why participate in Community Solar?
We’ve partnered with communities and organizations across our service area to build multiple new solar energy arrays through the Community Solar program. Here’s why you should consider enrolling today.
- It's free. There really is no cost to enroll for residential electric customers who meet household income requirements. There’s also no contract to sign or obligations to participate.
- It's easy. Self-qualify online or verbally to receive one free share in a local solar energy site of your choice. There’s no pre-approval process – just confirm you meet household income requirements when you enroll.
- Save money. The best part: automatically receive bill credits of up to $11 per month for the solar energy generated by your share. That’s potential savings of $132 per year on your electricity bill.
How do I qualify?
The Community Solar income-eligible option is available for PSE residential electric customers who receive their own monthly bill and meet the income requirements* per household size as outlined in the below chart. Customers will be required to confirm their household income on an annual basis.
Household size Maximum household income per year 1 $25,760 2 $34,840 3 $43,920 4 $53,000 5 $62,080 6 $71,160 7 $80,240 8 $89,320
No forms or proof of income are required. Customers simply self-qualify during the enrollment process by confirming (online or verbally) that they meet household income requirements.
*Household average annual income levels are based on 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for 2021.
How it works
As local solar energy sites are constructed through the Community Solar program, subscriptions will become available for a limited number of shares of the electricity produced at the site, including a portion of shares reserved for customers who meet household income requirements.
How enrollment works:
- There are two ways to enroll: online with your PSE account or by calling an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482.
- You’ll be asked during the enrollment process to confirm you meet household income requirements to receive one Community Solar share from a site of your choice at no cost.
- The amount of income-eligible Community Solar shares are limited. When a site is full, customers are added to a waitlist. PSE will auto-enroll customers on the waitlist when shares become available.
- You’ll receive bill credits for the solar energy generated by your share—equal to 1.46kW of solar energy—that help lower your regular monthly energy costs.
- Monthly bill credits will be fixed based on an average solar generation estimate per site, which may vary based on size and location of the site.
- Bill credits will range from approximately $7 to $11 per month based on the site selected for your subscription and will be automatically subtracted from your monthly bill after the site begins generating solar energy.
- The program is voluntary, and you can cancel at any time.
- Qualified subscribers will be required to affirm their eligibility on an annual basis.
Review the full Terms and Conditions for subscription here.
Frequently asked questions
Is it really free to participate?
Yes! Funding for the Community Solar income-eligible option comes from a grant from Washington State University and our Green Power and Solar Choice programs. That means qualified customers get to enjoy the benefits of 100% local solar energy while saving up to $132 per year on their electric bill at absolutely no additional cost.
Will solar panels be installed on my roof?
No. Rather, solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of publicly owned buildings and other properties in our service area through partnerships with communities and organizations. That means Community Solar is open to both homeowners and renters—no roof required.
What is the size and estimated bill credit for my income-eligible share?
One income-eligible share of Community Solar is equal to 1.46kW of solar energy at the site selected for your subscription. Bill credits will be fixed based on an average solar generation estimate per site, ranging from approximately $7 to $11 per month, based on size and location of the site.
How many income-eligible shares I can subscribe to?
Qualified customers can receive a subscription of one share in one Community Solar site of their choice based on current availability.
What if I move or want to cancel my subscription?
There’s no minimum term for the income-eligible option of Community Solar. You can cancel your subscription at any time. If you move to a new location within PSE’s electric service area and notify PSE at least 30 days in advance, we will make our best attempt to transfer your Community Solar income-eligible subscription to your new location.
Have questions about PSE’s Community Solar program and how to subscribe? Energy Advisors are here to help.