Community solar-subscription onsite model is a RESCO-based shared solar model where the rooftop solar system is located within the community. This model is suitable for those consumers who do not have a rooftop ownership or have access to exclusive roof spaces.
Benefits to discoms
- Discoms could have an additional revenue stream with the collection fee charged for billing and payment collection.
Benefits to consumers
- Those consumers who cannot afford to pay the upfront cost can subscribe to the system on a monthly basis and get the subsequent benefits.
- Consumers living in apartments and high-rise buildings can avail the benefits of rooftop solar energy.
- Aggregated procurement by the discom can ensure better quality of installation.
Benefits to developers
- Payment collection by the discom reduces the payment default risk for the developers.
- Developers can gain access to communities that are interested in solar rooftop systems and are able to install relatively larger systems compared to individual residential systems, thus reducing customer acquisition and other transactional costs.
Source : Implemented in various places
Target Consumer SegmentResidents in high rises and multi-unit buildings with shared roofs
LocationApartment buildings, and other shared spaces within the community
Metering ArrangementVirtual net-metering
Role of DiscomFacilitation, payment collection
Level of involvement by utilityMedium
Need for partnershipsMedium
Revenue to DISCOMMedium
Risk to UtilityMedium