Why you should join
What’s in it for you to participate in OPPD’s community solar? By subscribing to one or more shares you’ll get to share, among the other participants, in the opportunity to help produce clean energy today in support of a cleaner energy future! Other benefits include:
How it works
When you enroll in OPPD’s community solar, you can subscribe to one or more shares. Each share represents 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and is $0.79 per share. The solar charge will be a separate line item on your monthly bill.
A one-time deposit is required and will be included on your first bill after enrollment. The deposit for business customers is calculated based on the OPPD rate schedule. If you are on Rate 226 or 230, the deposit is $100 regardless of the number of shares subscribed. If your business rate is 231, the deposit is based on the average annual consumption and the number of shares subscribed. Customers on Rate 231 or higher, if you have specific questions regarding the deposit, contact customer service or your OPPD Account Executive. More information can be found on the Community Solar FAQs.
Who can participate?
You can contribute to OPPD's community solar program if you are:
1. An OPPD business customer
2. Have a service address within OPPD's service territory with an account in good standing
3. Agree to the specific contract commitment based on the rate schedule
4. Agree to the Terms and Conditions of the program
What does the deposit secure?
- Only a limited number of customers can participate in the program. Your refundable deposit will secure your place in this group, bypassing long wait lists.
- Additionally, because this is a program that requires a substantial upfront investment from OPPD, it’s our responsibility to ensure we have a pool of participants who are committed to the program for several years.
For more answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Community Solar FAQs, or email Customer Service.
Why OPPD created Community Solar
With OPPD's commitment to providing affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services in mind, a study team was formed to research the possibility of creating a community solar program. Many options were evaluated, including those suggested by our customers. Based on the findings, OPPD concluded that building a community solar program was widely popular with both residential and business customers.
The community solar farm will be located east of Fort Calhoun and is expected to come online in the fall of 2019. This solar farm will be capable of generating 5 MW of solar energy which will be divided into shares and portioned out to the customers who wish to support clean, renewable energy. By participating in the program, you’re contributing to a portion of the solar energy generated at the facility.