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 Maine 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 Maine'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.
Maine community solar programs are required by state legislation to use Non-Universal Consolidated Billing, which is a two-bill model where you see your full credits applied directly to your existing utility bill, but then get a separate bill from Perch for the cost of those credits (their monetary value based on your solar share farm share’s energy production)—but at a discounted rate. You’re paying for your share’s generated utility credit, but at a lesser price point thanks to the community solar discount Perch provides.
You’ll see the full $100 deduction directly on your utility bill.
It’s like paying $90 to receive $100
Expand that over a year and your savings add up!
Maine first established rules for community solar in 2011. Under these rules, community solar farms could be no larger than 660 kilowatts and have no more than 10 subscribers. However, this initial law had little effect. In 2019, the state passed a new law expanding community solar. It allows community solar farms of up to 5 megawatts. A solar farm can also have more than 10 subscribers if the state’s public utility commission determines that it is large enough to accommodate them.