ECA is gauging member and public interest in an exciting new electricity market concept – Community Solar. Recent changes in state energy policy now allow entities like ECA to develop large-scale solar projects to deliver clean power directly to nearby communities.

The Energy Cooperative of America is researching the development of the first community solar project in New York State. This project will serve up to 400 homes and small businesses across Western NY starting in early 2017. Terms below are subject to change.

Benefits Include:

  • 10 Year Fixed Rate for Clean, Solar Energy. (Most roof-top systems require a 15-20 year commitment)
  • You own a fixed % allocation of the solar project’s output
  • A solar credit will appear on your National Grid bill which offsets your ‘brown power’ supply and delivery charges
  • No roof-top system! No hassles!
  • As long as you live in National Grid’s ‘Frontier’ service territory, your solar allocation can move with you!
  • If you move out of the area, contract can be cancelled or transferred to anyone you choose


  • National Grid Residential (SC1) and Small Business Non-Demand (SC2)
  • Must be in National Grid ‘Frontier’ Loadzone (see top left of page 2 of your bill). Covers most National Grid customers in Erie, Allegany, Niagara, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus.

Proposed Rate:

Customer would be required to sign a 10 year Solar Power Purchase Agreement. ECA would bill monthly at $0.13/kWh for the solar energy provided. While current National Grid rates are below $0.13/kWh, there is significant potential for savings over a ten year period given only modest assumptions for utility rate increases.

In order to reserve a place in our first project, please fill in the pre-registration information. There is no obligation. We will contact you with further details when the project gets under way.

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