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Subscriber agreements

You should ask for and carefully review the subscriber agreement before subscribing to a community solar array. These agreements should address things like the cost of the subscription, the length of the contract, termination fees, and more.

A subscription agreement can be a long-term contract like a mortgage or a loan. It is important to carefully review the agreement before signing it. The state of Colorado regulates community solar projects, subscriber organizations, and their offerings. Contracts must disclose information such as contract price, term length, additional charges, renewal, dispute, resolution, insurance, and system maintenance. Subscribers are also entitled to, on an annual basis, a report of the energy produced by the community solar garden and the net metering credits attributed to their account. Check the terms you are offered and ask questions! Make sure you understand what’s in your agreement.

KEY PROVISIONS

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The subscription type governs how you pay a provider for subscribing to their community solar installation. The subscription type you choose can influence your expected savings and the savings certainty.


Contract length and exit provisions

For pay-as-you-go subscription types, providers may require a long-term agreement. This could be as long as 25 years, but can be as short as a few months. Providers offer several ways to exit the agreement early. Fees for terminating an agreement early will vary by provider and circumstance. For example, if you become disabled or move out a utility area you may not have to pay a fee. You can also transfer your subscription to another property, so long as it’s located in the same or adjacent county as the community solar garden.


Additional fees

Some subscription agreements have additional fees beyond those associated with the subscription type (e.g., maintenance fee for pre-pay subscription type, processing fee for credit card payment). We try to indicate any additional fees in the information provided in the project descriptions, but you should verify that your subscriber agreement only contains the fees you expect it to contain.


Start date

The solar installation may not be built yet. Be sure to review when the installation is expected to open, what happens if it opens at a different time, and what happens if it doesn’t open at all.


Other terms

We try to provide as much information as we can on each project but we can't cover everything. It’s important to review the subscriber agreement in detail. Additional terms may cover data privacy, notice provisions, or terms about when the installation is out of service.

Other forms

You may need to complete other forms for your subscription in addition to your subscriber agreement. The typical ones include:

  • Historical electricity use: The provider may ask you for a copy of a recent utility bill or ask to have you execute a form allowing the utility to provide them your historic electricity usage data to correctly size your subscription. Xcel Energy customers cannot exceed 120 percent of their historical usage, based on the most recent 12 months of data (a minimum of four months of usage is required). If production exceeds 120 percent, it won’t be included in the credit. Those who have solar installed on their homes are eligible for community solar.
  • Subscriber Agency Agreement: This form authorizes the utility to process your subscription and issue your bill credit on your monthly utility bills.
  • Credit Check: For pay-as-you-go subscription types, the provider may ask to run a credit check before executing a subscriber agreement with you.
  • Low Income Verification Form: According to Colorado law, five percent of all community solar garden capacity must be exclusively available for low-income residents. The income verification process is outlined in a Low Income Verification.