Where will my community solar farm be located? There are solar farms in development all around the state. Your community solar provider can give you more information once they assign your capacity to a specific farm.
What if I have a contract with a company (ESCO) for my energy supply? No problem. The full rate you are getting from your ESCO will be paid by the community solar developer along with all delivery charges and taxes so you are in compliance with that agreement. You will receive your community solar savings on top of any ESCO savings you have negotiated.
When will my savings kick in? This changes all the time based on how quickly you enroll and when farms are coming online. Some customers we enrolled in early January are seeing savings soon. Right now, we estimate your savings will begin in 6-9 months.
Why do I have to sign a contract? The savings agreement is your commitment to the developer and their savings guarantee to you. They need to ensure the capacity produced by their farms is accounted for by businesses and consumers in Maine.
Why do I have to provide billing information? The billing information is to verify your account so the solar developer can ensure you are a legitimate business or residential customer before securing your spot. You can change the billing information at any time.
What’s the late fee if I don’t pay my whole bill? The State of Maine puts a cap on all late fee charges. If you have to make a partial payment, you cannot be charged more than the state allows.
Can I stop or adjust my auto-payment? You can adjust the payment date and the total amount that is withdrawn from your account by coordinating with your developer.
How are you related to CMP? We are not related to CMP. Our job is to educate businesses and consumers about community solar and enroll those that want to take advantage of the benefits. CMP provides delivery for all electricity supply in their service area so your 100% clean energy will flow through their lines to your service address.
What happens in the winter or on cloudy days when the sun isn’t shining as bright? Will that effect my savings? You will always receive 10% savings on the value of the solar credits you receive. Your total credits may fluctuate with the seasons but they rollover so sunny days and cloudy days even out over the course of the year.
How can I make sure I’m getting my discount each month? You will still receive your CMP bill that shows your total charges (supply, delivery, taxes) and the solar credits from your developer offsetting those charges. You will also have access to your personal portal where you can see the actual payable amount and confirm your savings.
Why don’t we pay CMP directly? CMP is paid with credits by the solar farm developer. You are paying the company that creates your clean energy.
How does this affect my current discount with CMP? Any discounts you receive from CMP will be billed the same way and CMP will be paid in full. Community Solar discounts are applied on top of any other discounts you receive.
Why would I get a discount for free? Maine passed legislation in 2019 encourage alternative energy growth and move the state toward 100% green energy. The community solar developers are offering a discount for people and businesses to enroll and commit to receiving energy from these community solar farms.
What’s the catch? There is no catch, that’s a common question but these programs are made possible by State laws and are rapidly expanding around the country. The savings guarantee is provided in writing by the solar developer to you. You can find many recent articles and news stories about community solar in Maine. Many local businesses and homeowners have already reserved their spot on a local farm.
What happens if I want to install solar panels in the future, would that cause an issue? That’s not a problem. Depending on your solar investment, you can continue receiving a discount on any electricity usage not covered by your new solar array or you can unenroll in the program if your array covers 100% of your energy usage. Many businesses will use their savings as seed money to invest in a solar array in the future.
Can I get all my accounts (Residential, Business, Multiple locations) on 1 bill? You will be able to manage all your bills in one location, in your payment portal.