Community Solar

As your trusted energy provider, Piedmont Electric is proud to offer members a solar energy option beyond the traditional, on-site home installation. Participating in community solar is a way for members to utilize locally produced, clean energy to help offset their carbon footprint. And because it’s a community-shared resource, participants can support renewable energy for a more affordable price. Learn more about your options below.

Solar for all program

Piedmont Electric, in partnership with the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, will provide four eligible members with subscriptions to our community solar program for ten years. That way members can get the benefit of the credits without the subscription fee. We will be offering these subscriptions on a lottery basis to all income-qualified utility customers who apply. Click here to apply online. Applications are no longer being accepted at this time. We hope to have additional funding in the future to create more opportunities for members.

Community Solar Program Monthly Subscription

Harness the power of the sun with our community solar program. Members pay a monthly per-panel subscription fee ($2.50/per month) and receive a credit for the amount of the energy produced on the next bill. Members can subscribe up to a maximum of 25 panels. If you are interested in a solar subscription, fill out the Community Solar Participant Agreement. You can either mail the contract to Jay Berry at PO BOX 1179, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or e-mail the contract to jay.berry@pemc.coop.

Questions? Contact Jay Berry, Energy Specialist at 919.644.3449 or jay.berry@pemc.coop

Community Solar FAQ

To provide an affordable option for members to participate in renewable solar energy on a voluntary basis. It’s also one of the only ways for renters to participate in solar.

Piedmont Electric members can subscribe to the rights of the energy output from solar panels for $2.50 per panel/month. A member can subscribe to a maximum of 15 panels. You must fill out the Community Solar Participant Agreement.

The credit is based on the community solar’s monthly kWh generation from the number of subscribed panels times the Solar Energy Credit Rate in effect (credit per SQF Rate Schedule). Click here for the current rate schedule.

The solar panels continue to work even when the sun is not shining brightly; however, the output is limited.

Piedmont Electric is responsible for all maintenance and repairs of the community solar project.

No, you are not purchasing solar panels. You are subscribing to the production output of a solar panel.

This agreement shall be effective on the first month following the date of a signed agreement and shall continue until either 1) the program is discontinued; 2) the member notifies Piedmont Electric that they wish to discontinue participation in the program; or 3) electric service is discontinued.

  • Low cost way to tap into the power of the sun.
  • No hassling with maintenance; we’ll take care of that!
  • Our site is well-suited for solar panels, so you can be sure you’re getting the most out of the sun’s potential.
  • Site suitability is often an issue with solar installations.
  • Perfect for renters who want to be involved with renewable energy.
  • No red tape with zoning restrictions or homeowners’ associations.
  • Solar energy production will be credited directly to your electric bill.

Current Community Solar Stats: 

At Piedmont Electric, we believe solar power can be responsibly incorporated as an energy source. We currently have two solar fields, one at our Roxboro office and the other at our Caswell office. Altogether our solar fields have 1,854 panels, which have the potential to generate up to 2,500 kWhs of electricity each day—that’s enough energy to power 70 average-sized homes for a day! This solar project represents a lower cost (and lower risk) way for members to get involved with solar technology.

Roxboro Solar Farm

Caswell Solar Farm