We’re excited to announce that we are allocating our first 1,000 customers to several New York community solar farms. These farms are located in the NYSEG utility territory and are completing construction as we speak. They are expected to go live as soon as March and April.
This fantastic news is made possible through our relationship with Meadow, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware River Solar. As one of the largest owner/operators of community solar farms in New York, this relationship enables thousands more community solar subscriptions in the coming months for Think Community Solar customers and Energy Advisors.
In the coming weeks, the first 1,000 customers will be notified by Think Community Solar of their subscription and introduction to the Meadow community solar team.
Once the notification is made, our customers can expect to receive future notifications about their allocations, savings, and customer portal from the Meadow community solar care team.
Once allocated in March or April, the solar credits are expected to appear on bills approximately 3 months later. Customer payments will be received about 1 month after so expected time frame for the payout of the second 50% of CAB’s for these customers is likely to be paid in August or September of 2024.
Think Community Solar Now Enrolling New York Low & Moderate Income (LMI) Customers
Think Community Solar is now taking enrollments for New York Low and Moderate Income (LMI) customers to gain additional savings on their community solar subscriptions.
The community solar enrollment portal now includes a document upload feature for customers to provide proof of LMI eligibility during the enrollment process, which is required for the Think Community Solar team to validate a customer’s LMI eligibility.
Once a customer’s eligibility is validated the customer will be notified if there is a solar farm that enables an increased discount for LMI customers.
Proof of LMI eligibility documentation includes the following and is also available during the enrollment flow.
Eligible Programs Include:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Universal Service Fund
- Comfort Partners
- Lifeline Utility Assistance Program
- Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE)
- Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- The Lifeline Program (administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company)
Already a contracted subscriber? Don’t worry, you can email your proof of LMI documentation to email@example.com and we’ll take it from there.
Compensation on LMI Customers
This exciting opportunity is not only to the benefit of our LMI subscribers, but EAs will also benefit.
Previously no CABs were paid on community solar customers with usage between 1,000 – 3,600 kWh / year (Community Solar Tier 0 / Solar 0).
With this enhancement, customers allocated as LMI customers, in NY, NJ & MD, who are Solar 0, will pay 50% of the overall CAB:
- 50% is paid when the CAB Qualified Customer moves to Pending status
- the remaining 50% will be paid when the CAB Qualified Customer is moved to Active status after being allocated to a solar farm and pays their first bill in full (i.e., becomes Residually Qualified).
- See Think+ Compensation Plan for full details
We’re thrilled to continually expand our community solar opportunities in the market and can’t wait to connect our first LMI customers to greater savings in the future!