Small Business Community Solar Alliance

A renewable energy benefits program designed for small businesses, by a small business.
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The Easiest Way to Tap into Clean Energy

Thinking about installing rooftop solar panels? Here is why Community Solar might be a better option for your business:

  • No installation
  • No maintenance
  • No annual contracts
  • Cancel anytime
  • Support local clean energy in your community

Saving You Money

By becoming a Member in the Small Business Community Solar Alliance your business will be contributing to a more vital local energy economy here in Vermont, and you’ll enjoy annual savings of ~8% on all of the Solar Credits that your panels generate through the year.

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Promotional Opportunities

When you become an SBCSA Member you’ll be able to promote your business’s commitment to sustainability in a number of different ways including:

  • Member logo and signage that you can display in your place of business and on your website.
  • Inclusion in a dedicated Solar Project page on the Norwich Solar website.
  • Joint press release with NST upon commissioning of your solar project.
  • Solar Project data for display in your business or on your website.

How the Community Solar Alliance Works

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    Sign Up

    Send us copies of your electric bills from the last 12 months. We analyze your electric bills and then pair you up with the next available solar project that fits your level of consumption.

  • 2
    Earn Energy Credits

    The solar array feeds clean power to your community’s electric grid while you earn energy credits.

  • 3

    Sign up for ACH billing for the solar credits so that your monthly billing is on auto-pilot!

Become a Member

By subscribing to a Community Solar project you’ll be allied with other like-minded business people to help create a greener future for all Vermonters. Contact us to learn how to become a member!

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Why We Created the SBCSA

In 2021 we launched its Small Business Community Solar Alliance (Small Biz CSA) to help small businesses recover from the devastating impacts of COVID 19.

Norwich Solar CEO Jim Merriam said, “Small businesses are hurting across Northern New England, and we all want to do our part to help them come back strong.  Using the savings solar can provide, Norwich Solar can help small businesses reduce the energy expenses and recover faster.”

The Small Biz CSA requires no upfront costs and has no operations and maintenance expenses. Businesses simply sign up and save. This program, in turn, supports other small businesses that are engaged in engineering, designing, and constructing these projects.  The whole local economy benefits from more energy dollars circulating within the state.

The Small Biz CSA is perfect for businesses that want to make a meaningful impact on the growing threat of climate change while also saving money.  The Small Biz CSA is also ideal for businesses that rent their buildings or are otherwise unable to put solar at their location, and companies that already have some solar power can also join if they have unmet electricity needs.“Even before the pandemic, small businesses had a lot on their plate to manage.  We have really tried to make this simple to qualify and participate so they can focus on recovery,” says Merriam.

Read more about the program launch in Vermont Business Magazine.