Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES COMMUNITY SOLAR WORK?
A Community Solar Farm is a large solar electric array which generates bill credits for participating subscribers. It is located off site from the customer’s location. The electricity goes into NYSEG's grid, and NYSEG compensates the customer with a bill credit. Community Solar can do this through remote net metering.
DOES COMMUNITY SOLAR BENEFIT THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES?
Yes, DRS is a New York company that uses New York labor and New York Sunshine to bring you clean renewable energy. The renewable energy industry is one of the fastest growing job creators in the Country. DRS Community Solar Farms help grow the local economy by using local labor to install our solar arrays and local labor and companies to maintain the arrays throughout a project's 20 year lifespan.
In addition to providing local jobs and savings on your electricity bill, Community Solar reduces the amount of energy generated from coal and natural gas plants, improving our local air quality and health.
DRS' projects also benefit the local communities financially through local taxes and tax alternatives.
What portion of the bill is the discount applied to?
The discount applies to all kwh charges on residential and commercial non-demand service classes. This includes both the Supply and Delivery charges, but does not apply to the "Basic Service Charge" (line one of the bill), which is the standard NYSEG charge to provide service to your home or business.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN DRS COMMUNITY SOLAR?
Anybody with an active NYSEG account can participate. DRS will have projects located throughout NYSEG territory and there will be a project for everybody.
WHEN WILL DRS' COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECTS BEGIN OPERATION?
DRS anticipates the first projects to be up and running in early 2017. We are currently taking reservations from community residents and businesses to participate. There are a limited number of available subscriptions, and we encourage early signups, so don't miss out!
HOW LARGE IS A COMMUNITY SOLAR ARRAY?
A typical DRS Community Solar project is built on 10-12 acres of open land and can power between 300 and 400 residential homes and businesses.