Hastings Community Solar Farm

Thank you for your interest in Hastings Community Solar!  We are excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to participate in renewable energy. Community solar is when solar electricity is owned and shared by multiple customers while being produced in one location.  A community solar farm's primary purpose is to give customers the option to participate in renewables who cannot or don’t want to install the solar panels on their own property.  Sign up begins August 12th!  Ready to sign up? Click here for Customer Community Solar Service Agreement.

What are the benefits of a Community Solar Farm?

Community Solar has many benefits for customers wanting to participate in renewable energy. The benefits of community solar include:

  • You do not have to be a property owner to participate
  • Avoids building codes and zoning restrictions
  • Avoids factors than can reduce power output such as trees, adjacent building, and roof configuration limitations
  • Benefits from economy of scale.  The average cost is lower due to being able to spread the fixed cost over more units.
  • All maintenance and insurance requirements are handled by Hastings

Who can participate and what are the options?

  • Anyone who gets their electricity from Hastings Utilities can participate.
  • Hastings will be offering 2 ways customers can participate; Ownership and Subscription.
    • Ownership gives customers the ability to purchase and own the panel.  The panel will stay in the solar field and be maintained by Hastings.
    • Subscription allows customers to purchase solar shares each month to offset some of the energy they use each month.

What is the cost of each option?

  • Panel option
    • The cost of each panel is $384. The monthly maintenance charge is $.0062/kWh.  You will also receive a fuel cost rebate of $.0213/kWh for fuel that was not purchased to generate that power.
  • Solar Share option
    • Each Solar share is 150 kWh at $.0301/kWh or one share will cost $4.52 a month. You will also be credited a fuel cost rebate of $.0213/kWh or $3.20 a month for fuel that was not purchased to generate that power. The net different is $1.32 per solar share.

Additional Cost Resources

SOLAR RATE ORDINANCE 4596

Customers can use these bill forecasting tools to get a good idea of how solar would affect their bill. 

Forecasting Desktop Tool
Forecasting Mobile Tool

 Examples of bill calculations can be found in the Solar Farm Board Presentation.

Electric consumption history can be obtained by enrolling in Customer Connect.  Once enrolled, you can access your personal electric usage history.

When can I start participating?

Currently the solar field is on schedule to be up and operating by the first part of September 2019.  Pricing is set and sign up begins August 12th! 

Customer Community Solar Service Agreements are available for customers to review and fill out in preparation for the 12th. 

Customer Community Solar Service Agreement

Solar Farm Gallery

Looking to see what the Solar Farm looks like or the construction process, take a look at our Solar Farm Photo Gallery.

 Please see FAQs or Brochure for more information.