Affordable Electricity You Can Count On
When you subscribe, Nautilus Solar partners with your utility company to make sure you’ll get the same amount of energy to power your home today as you did yesterday—at a discount of 10% or more!
How? We add clean solar energy to the local utility grid on your behalf. The utility company delivers that power to your home using the existing power lines. Your appliances won’t even notice the difference!
So, what changes? Good question: your electric bill.
It’s Easier Than You Think to Lower Your Electric Bill
With Nautilus Community Solar, there truly isn’t a catch. Solar energy costs much less than traditional energy sources to produce energy (see our chart). We pass along the 10% or more savings on your electricity bill in the form of a solar credit because we believe in making electricity more affordable. In some states, the discount is on a bill from Nautilus Solar. In other states, the discount is reflected on your current electricity bill. Either way, the savings are yours for joining Nautilus Solar and supporting clean, renewable solar energy.
How Billing Works
It's important to understand when discounts appear on your bill. Often there is a lag of up to 90-days between when solar credits are earned in a billing cycle and when those solar credits are invoiced by us. This lag is because the solar credits are transferred between your local utility company and Nautilus Solar as part of the community solar program. If you look at the graph, you’ll see how it works: The savings you earn in January (10% in this example) appear on your bill in March. Then the February savings appear in April, and so forth. Don’t be alarmed when the first bill arrives with no credits—they're on their way!
Take Control of Your Energy Costs
Use our Clean Energy and Savings Calculator to get an estimate of how community solar can improve both the environment and your bottom line.
Wondering how Nautilus Solar delivers the specific financial and environmental advantages of community solar?
Simply provide 3 pieces of information and the calculator does the rest.
Pick the state where your home or property is located.
Average Electric Charges
Enter your typical monthly electricity bill amount.
Determine if your monthly income qualifies you for any additional discounts. Nautilus supports utility bill assistance for low-income families with deeper discounts wherever possible.
Power Up More Than Just Your Wallet
Nautilus Solar is passionate about bringing affordable electricity to every home and making a meaningful impact on the environment.
A big part of Nautilus Solar’s mission is to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions. That leads to cleaner air, healthier ecosystems, and a more sustainable future. By subscribing to Nautilus Community Solar, you become part of a collective effort to decrease reliance on fossil fuels, preserve natural resources, and create a greener, more resilient planet for generations to come. Join tens of thousands of Nautilus Solar subscribers and our dedicated employees in making a difference.
Light The Way
Read our community solar blog!
Want to learn more? We want to make community solar information friendly and easy for everyone to understand. The blogs explain how to save money and help our planet with the benefits of solar power. Discover tips and tricks, success stories, and expert guidance on how community solar can energize your home or business, promote sustainability, and usher in a future fueled with one of the best renewable energies.
It depends on the status of your community solar farm.
- If the community solar farm is already generating power - you can see your solar credits on your electricity bill as soon as the next billing cycle.
- If the community solar farm is under construction – It could be four-to-five months until you start to see your community solar credits.
We will send you updates via email or our subscriber newsletters.
We will send you updates via email or our subscriber newsletters.
A Solar Credit is a type of Energy Credit, a renewable energy incentive created by your local state legislature, to encourage residents and businesses to reduce their energy use. Energy Credits are issued for specific energy-saving measures such as using energy-efficient appliances, purchasing electric vehicles, installing rooftop solar, or subscribing to community solar. They are typically issued in the form of either a tax credit, rebate, or utility credit, such as with community solar.
They satisfy their state mandated renewable energy goals and earn Solar Credits by purchasing solar power from solar farm owner/operators, like Nautilus, to supply the grid with clean energy.
Community Solar Owner/Operators
The local utility “pays” for the solar power it receives by transferring the Solar Credits they receive to the solar farm’s owner/operator, like Nautilus.
Community Solar Subscribers
Owner/operators pass a portion of the solar credit back to their community solar subscribers.
After the owner/operator receives the Solar Credits from the subscriber’s utility company, they bill the subscriber for their Solar Credits minus a discount of 10-15% or more. The difference between the total deducted from their utility company’s bill and the total billed by the owner/operator is the subscriber’s savings.
Your share is based on your 12-month historical usage in kilowatt hours (kWh) divided by the estimated annual solar energy generated from the project. This determines your “allotted percentage” or share, which is around 0.5% of the farm on average.
Each month, your Solar Credits are calculated by multiplying your allotted percentage share by the total monthly solar energy generated by your local community solar farm. The amount of monthly solar credits you receive are dependent upon the total energy generated by a community solar farm, not your energy usage.
Depending on the state in which you live, and the option you choose, there are several ways you could be billed.
Two Bill Option
- Bill #1 – From Your Utility
- Includes your normal electricity supply, delivery, and service charges.
- The bill will also include a deduction for the full value of Solar Credits you earned for being a subscriber.
- Your bill will be much smaller. The second bill will cover the electricity charges.
- Bill # 2 – From Nautilus Solar Energy
- Includes the charge for your Solar Credits minus your discount (10-15% or more).
The Nautilus invoice may reflect your credits from a previous billing period. This is because your Solar Credits are transferred from your utility company to Nautilus a billing cycle or two after they appear on your monthly utility bill, as they match solar electricity production with payment for the solar energy purchased from Nautilus.
One Bill Option
Some customers can select a one-bill option. In this case, Nautilus will pay your electricity charges directly to your utility company. You receive one monthly statement from Nautilus which itemizes your supply, delivery and services costs charged by the utility, along with the solar energy credits and discount you receive from Nautilus.
New York only
For some NY customers, all invoicing will be managed by your utility as part of NY’s Net Crediting Program. In those cases, you won’t receive a bill from Nautilus Solar.