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Community solar in Maine

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!

Meet community solar, the easy way to save without rooftop panels

Lower your electricity bills and help the environment. Let Perch match you to a local solar farm.

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    About community solar
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    How does community solar work in Maine?
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    Who can join community solar?
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    Sign up and save
  • 5.
    Benefits of community solar
  • 6.
    Community solar FAQs
  • 7.
    Maine's clean energy programs

About Perch

Perch was part of the team that pioneered community solar in Massachusetts in 2013. Now serving customers on over 110 solar projects across the country and growing, we're helping lower electricity costs for residents and businesses, one community at a time.

About community solar: A subscription that rewards you for helping the planet

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.

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How does community solar in Maine work?

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    A local solar farm exists or a new one is built
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    It's connected to the utility and sends eco-friendly solar power to Maine's' electric grid
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    The energy production is translated into "solar credits," and as a subscriber of the farm you earn a share of those credits
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    Credits are applied directly to your electricity bill; you'll pay Perch for those credits but at a discounted rate, leaving you with net savings
  • No changes to your existing utility or electric provider

Who can join community solar in Maine?

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.

Businesses & franchises

Show your customers you’re eco conscious and improve your bottom line, too.

Universities & hospitals

Put your savings back into those who really matter.


You’re giving so much to your community, enjoy energy savings in return.

Commercial & industrial

The higher your energy bill, the higher potential for savings.


Reinvest your savings into local areas of need.

Get started in 3 steps
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    Apply online

    Provide some basic info and a copy of your electric bill or utility account number—we’ll take it from there.

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    Get matched to a solar farm

    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.

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    Enjoy savings

    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.

Benefits of community solar in Maine

Benefits to subscribers

  • 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

Benefits to the state of Maine and the planet

  • 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

Get simple solar savings without the rooftop panels

Lower your electricity bills and help the environment. Let Perch match you to a local solar farm.

Maine community solar FAQs

How do community solar credits and billing work in Maine?

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.

    • If your solar share generates $100 of credits

      You’ll see the full $100 deduction directly on your utility bill.

  • Perch then bills you for those credits at a discounted rate
    • You may pay Perch $90

      It’s like paying $90 to receive $100

    • $10 is your net savings that month

      Expand that over a year and your savings add up!

Who in Maine is eligible for community solar?
Some eligibility requirements do apply depending on the project and location. But if you pay an electricity bill, you may be eligible for community solar! That includes residents (renters and homeowners), businesses, franchises, non-profits, universities, religious organizations, hospitals, municipality buildings, stores, and more.
Does it cost anything to join a Maine community solar program?
No. Signing up for community solar with Perch is totally free with no upfront fees. Once you’re matched to a farm, we’ll thoroughly explain how your credits work so you aren’t surprised by anything.
How much can I save with community solar in Maine?
Based on Maine legislation and the policies around specific projects, community solar subscribers in Maine typically save between 5-15% on annual electricity costs! Savings vary based on your location and the project you’re assigned to and may differ month to month. Exact savings not guaranteed.
Does community solar change my utility company or electricity provider?
Nope! Neither your utility nor electricity provider will change with community solar.
Does Perch own the solar farms in Maine?
We don’t. Solar farms are usually owned by companies, firms, special entities or in some cases the utilities themselves. Perch just manages solar farms and helps you, the customer or subscriber, get savings.
Where does the electricity go that a Maine solar farm generates?
Onto the overall grid! Because solar farms are connected to the utility, the energy they produce is put onto the grid and the utility distributes it as needed. The benefit is that the utility is getting loads of clean, eco-friendly energy as opposed to energy from harmful fossil fuel sources.
Does a solar farm have to be in my city or town for me to subscribe?
No. While there does need to be one within a certain vicinity and with a certain amount of capacity available to take on subscribers, it doesn’t necessarily need to be in your city or town. The solar farm’s energy isn’t going directly into your home or business, so it’s not as though you must be within range of the transmission lines. When you sign up with Perch, the first thing we do is check if there’s a solar farm available to you.

About Maine community solar and the state's clean energy programs

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.

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