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Posted on: September 13, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Tell us about your interest in Fremont’s Community Solar Program

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It should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Paper surveys will be inserted randomly in August utility bills. Customers also may complete a survey electronically by going to this website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FremontSolar
Here is a quick explanation for those who are not familiar with a community solar program. It is where a solar farm (an array of solar panels) is collectively owned, and the value of the electricity generated by this solar farm is shared among the participants. A community solar program offers all customers access to solar energy, without installing solar panels on their property. Property owners and renters with utility accounts in their name are eligible to join the solar program. Participants pay a fee for access to solar energy produced by the shared solar farm.
There are primarily two reasons utility customers choose to participate in a community solar program:
• Individuals support renewable energy, and/or
• Individuals want to lock in the price they pay for a portion of their electrical use.

What is community solar?
1) Participants voluntarily pay for a share of a solar array (not located on their property).
2) Electricity produced flows into the electric grid.
3) Participants receive the benefits for electricity produced by their share of the solar array.
What are the benefits to participants and Fremont?
Community solar programs offer benefits to both the individual participant of the program and the electric utility. Through participation in a community solar program, individuals gain risk-free solar access as the Utility takes care of project maintenance. With the electric rate for solar energy locked in, participants have long-term energy savings while a portion of their electricity is generated by a clean energy source. The utility benefits by offering all of its customers access to solar energy, reducing Fremont’s carbon footprint. The solar energy project potentially will defer costly grid upgrades.
Tell us about your interest in the community solar farm by completing the survey today.

Of course, we prefer that surveys be completed at the Survey Monkey site, which was developed to educate, as well.

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