Our team goes beyond building reliable energy infrastructure. We work diligently with our landowners and the local community to ensure our projects are good neighbors for the long-term.
We develop projects with the local community in mind. Solar power generation creates benefits for participating landowners and significant economic opportunities in the community through increased tax revenues, job opportunities and local sourcing of goods and services. Unlike residential or industrial development, these benefits come with no added burden on infrastructure, schools, or emergency services.
We understand that a great project begins with thoughtful site design and ends with how we care for the land and soil as living resources for generations to come. Our team regularly meets with local residents and communities to seek input on proposed plans and holds open-house style meetings to provide resources, educate interested parties, receive public comment and answer questions about proposed projects.
We value our local relationships and work diligently to ensure our renewable energy projects will be good neighbors for many years.
Hear from a landowner
“Community Energy has maintained the property as promised and maintained a good relationship with us and our farmer. It has also been a boost to the county, helping a farm region that needed financial assistance. The addition of solar energy has been a venture that has truly enhanced our lives and will continue to provide benefits for our family and farming community. We feel it is a privilege to be a part of the future through solar energy.” – Robyn P. – Landowner, Southampton Solar, VA
A Global Clean Energy Transition
Home-grown energy. The levelized cost of utility-scale solar has dropped by over 90% in the last decade, making it competitive with other sources of electric generation in providing clean, reliable, affordable power to consumers and making our nation more energy-independent.
Solar photovoltaic panels are a well proven technology. Solar photovoltaic panels are operating on tens of thousands of projects and millions of homes across the country providing enough electricity to power over 18.6 million American homes.
Local benefit without increased cost to community. Siting generation locally brings revenue into the community without adding a material burden on infrastructure, schools, or emergency services unlike residential or industrial development.
Hear from a landowner
“Community Energy’s professionalism has been outstanding. Their representatives are very knowledgeable and professional. I had many questions during the process of the project, and all were answered to my understanding and satisfaction in a very timely manner. This project brings additional income security to me… and my farm will remain in my family for future generations. I’m proud to be a part of such a great need in our country for renewable energy.” – Carolyn W. – Landowner, Amazon Solar Farm – Eastern Shore, VA
Long-term Tax Revenue: Solar projects provide tax revenues to the state, county and school districts with no additional burden on municipal services. Unlike residential or commercial development, this tax revenue will not create any material burden on local infrastructure or expenses for schools, water, sewer, emergency services, etc. Instead, the enhanced tax revenues could be used to support local infrastructure plans or support needed funding for school services.
Farm Income Diversification: Landowners must independently determine the best economic use of their property and agricultural land. The beauty of choosing to participate as a landowner in a solar project is that solar panels can be removed at the end of the life of the project, with no damage or significant change to the land. This makes solar energy a versatile economic decision that also can help farmers plan sustainable land usage for the long term. Most projects utilize a partial use approach, allowing our participating landowners to have financial diversification with lease revenue to ensure that the farmland stays in the family, rather than transitioning to residential or commercial development, while they continue actively farming their other land.
Job Opportunities and Local Economic Stimulus During Construction: Local employment during a project’s construction is expected to primarily benefit those in the construction trades in the surrounding regional labor market, including equipment operators, truck drivers, laborers, landscapers and electricians. Job opportunities also exist in the several long-term operations and maintenance roles required once the projects are complete. The project construction period also stimulates spending at local hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment and tourism.
Community Energy values a diverse and local workforce. Community Energy has a track record of working to ensure that local workers and businesses have access to the jobs generated through the construction phase of the project through various engagement methods such as: 1) coordinating with local organizations to understand the availability of local resources, (2) hosting contractor information sessions and (3) hosting job fairs to ensure local workers are aware of the opportunities and know where/how to apply.
Our analysis of community and local benefits is based on Community Energy’s 20+ years of experience and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Jobs & Economic Development Impact Model (JEDI).
Hear from a landowner
“My Father and I felt it was a pleasurable experience dealing with Community Energy representatives. My Dad truly enjoyed the talks and considered everyone involved as friends. Leasing half our land for solar allowed us to continue working at the farm, while leasing the other half to a local tenant farmer. Age becomes a factor in farming and the solar project allowed us to continue taking care of the property that has been in our family for 3 generations. We are very pleased and blessed to have the opportunities the solar project has provided.” – Brian K. – Landowner, Keystone Solar, PA (on behalf of his late father)