Perch helps thousands of renters, homeowners and businesses save money the easy way from solar—no rooftop panels required. Help your wallet, help the planet. Get matched to a local solar farm today!
Community solar is an exciting solar sharing option available in Illinois for those who can't install rooftop panels, but still want the cost-savings and eco benefits of solar power. With Perch, we'll match you to a local solar farm in your area. Your “subscription” enables that farm to pump more clean energy onto the grid. In return, you receive a discount on your own electricity cost in the form of credits. Perch handles all the legwork, you just sit back and enjoy the savings.
If you pay an electric bill, you might be eligible for community solar! No rooftop panels required.
Owners and renters; houses, apartments, condos and all types of residences.
Show your customers you’re eco conscious and improve your bottom line, too.
Put your savings back into those who really matter.
You’re giving so much to your community, enjoy energy savings in return.
The higher your energy bill, the higher potential for savings.
Reinvest your savings into local areas of need.
Provide some basic info and a copy of your electric bill or utility account number—we’ll take it from there.
We’ll see if there’s an eligible solar farm in your area, and then analyze your energy usage so we can subscribe you to the right amount of solar shares based on your electricity needs—helping you save as much as possible.
Thanks to government incentives, you’ll get a discount on your electricity cost in the form of credits—like a reward for supporting clean energy generation! Savings vary by state and solar project.
Save on your electricity costs
Available to renters and homeowners, businesses, institutions, municipal buildings and more
No rooftop panels required, no installation, no maintenance
You feel good about playing a part in transitioning to a cleaner, greener electric grid
Fights global warming by enabling more eco-friendly clean energy generation
Helps lessen Illinois's dependence on harmful fossil fuel energy sources, lowering the state's overall carbon emissions
Community solar programs create local jobs, as every new solar farm requires workers
Boosts the local economy since community solar projects and the jobs they create directly serve the communities they're in
Lower your electricity bills and help the environment. Let Perch match you to a local solar farm.
In Illinois, there is what’s called Universal Consolidated Billing (UCB). This means that, as a community solar subscriber, you simply receive your regular utility bill and it’ll just have an additional section or line item showcasing your solar farm credits and how much they’re offsetting your cost. It’s all consolidated right on your existing bill (unlike Non-Universal Consolidated Billing which includes two bills: one from your utility and one from the project itself). UCB is the preferred method within the industry and for you, the subscriber. That’s because you don’t need to do anything differently. Its one-bill model is seamless and efficient.
Illinois’ community solar program started in 2016 with the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). This act established the Adjustable Block Program, or ABP (also called Illinois Shines ). Under this program, the state opens up new “blocks” of solar energy capacity for development. The solar developers gain the right to sell renewable energy credits (RECs) to the state for 20 years at a fixed price. At least 30% of the solar systems developed under the ABP must be “traditional community solar.”