There’s no denying that community solar is quickly catching on as a viable alternative to rooftop solar all across the country. Underscoring that growing interest among consumers, utility El Paso Electric (EPE) has just announced that subscriptions for its new community solar pilot program sold out fast – only a month after enrollment began.
EPE opened enrollment at the end of March and says the pilot program’s 3 MW community solar project, located in El Paso, Texas, will be completed by the end of spring.
“We’re very excited to see that our customers have really embraced community solar,” says Mary Kipp, the utility’s CEO. “The quick subscription time demonstrates our community’s interest in different options that provide more accessibility to solar power.”
EPE, whose service territory includes parts of Texas and New Mexico, says the voluntary pilot program is available to all of its Texas customers – homeowners, renters and business owners. The utility notes customers can still sign up for the program online but will be placed on a waiting list. If capacity becomes available at a later time, these customers will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis. Customers are able to subscribe to solar generation in 1 kW blocks and will pay a fixed rate of $20.96/kW for this capacity with solar and fuel credits offsetting the price.