Community Solar Saves Money With Solar Energy — Without Changing Your Roof

Community Solar is a little-known way to save money with solar energy.

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Community solar is a growing way to save money with solar energy, shaving between 5% and 15% off your electric bill without owning or leasing a rooftop system. You can reap savings even if you have a shaded roof or are a renter.  

How community solar works

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Ellen Kennedy
Personal Finance Editor,

Ellen writes and edits personal finance stories, especially on credit cards and related products. She also covers the nexus between sustainability and personal finance. She was a manager and sustainability analyst at Calvert Investments for 15 years, focusing on climate change and consumer staples. She served on the sustainability councils of several Fortune 500 companies and led corporate engagements. Before joining Calvert, Ellen was a program officer for Winrock International, managing loans to alternative energy projects in Latin America. She earned a master’s from the U.C. Berkeley in international relations and Latin America.