FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is offsite solar?
Offsite solar is a solar array that is located in PJM Service territory and can provide electricity (supply only) to single or multiple locations in any state in the larger PJM (“Pennsylvania New Jersey Maryland”) Service territory.
PJM Operating States: (13 states: DE, IL, IN, KT, MD, MI, NJ, NC, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV).
Who am I buying the electricity from?
SGC Power develops the generation projects and identifies the energy buyers like yourself. Our third-party electricity suppliers provide the contract to purchase the electricity from the solar array. Additionally, they will supply you with the balance of your energy load not offset by the solar.
What is difference between offsite vs onsite net metering?
Offsite is only limited to a portion of your energy consumption and only offsets Supply (or generation) bill charges. Onsite generation is limited by the onsite load, the net-metering cap, interconnection capacity, and available usable space at the onsite location. Onsite will offset Supply, Transmission and Distribution costs but depending on your location.
How long are the contracts?
Offsite: 10-25 years (Supply Contract)
Onsite: 20-25 years (Power Purchase Agreement)
Where do my meters need to be in relation to the solar array?
The solar array will be located in the PJM service territory. Your meters can be in a single location or spread out in multiple states throughout the PJM territory. The energy purchase from the array can be one single purchase that will be allocated to your load throughout PJM. We can provide an allocation analysis once we review and understand your usage and locations.
What is the minimum and maximum amount of energy can I buy?
The minimum combined purchase would be 100MWh annually. There is no maximum, but timing will depend on how much is available to purchase from the solar arrays coming online. The earlier you can begin the process to secure the energy rights, the better informed and ready you will be to begin receiving solar energy when the system is energized.
What if my supply contract is set to expire and the solar array is not constructed yet?
Our third-party suppliers can supply you with a short-term electricity contract and then roll in the solar generation once the project is completed.
Do I have to buy all of the electricity from the solar array?
There is no requirement to buy all of the electricity from the solar array, but we cannot energize the project until it is fully subscribed.
Are there projects available now to purchase electricity from?
We have access to multiple projects in many states that are in various stages of development. The earlier you get informed about the process and pricing, the more prepared you can be to get a contract.
How do I get a pricing proposal?
Reach out to email@example.com and a representative will walk you through the process.
What is the contract vehicle?
A simple energy supply agreement.
Can I contract offsite and onsite solar generation for my buildings?
Yes. Many customers want an onsite project, and use the offsite generation to supply the remaining portion of their electricity needs.
How do we know what size system we need?
SGC Power will review your electricity consumption and create a project profile for you to consider.
Does our company need land?
No, you do not need land. If you do have land available, we can examine options for you and tailor a solar project.
How do we pay for a system?
SGC Power in conjunction with our partners own and operate the projects. There are no upfront capital costs or operational costs for the energy buyer.
How does this affect our operating budget?
It provides certainty. Through a Solar Energy Supply Agreement (SESA) you will have a fixed supply rate, typically at or below your current rate. The typical contract commitment is between 10 and 25 years.
How long do these systems last?
The solar array can last 40 years with the proper maintenance and care – just like everything in life, preventive maintenance ensures a long lifespan. The panels themselves normally have a warranty of 25 years, though some now offer warranties of 30 years, and this is typically the minimum life expectancy of a solar project. The other factor to consider is degradation of panels which is small but will be accounted for in the review process and analysis.
Have you built any other projects in the area?
The answer is yes and no. The state you’re located in will determine if we have installed a similar system in your area. State policy drives the renewable economy. Select states have advanced energy policies where we have fully developed and delivered projects while some other states are still emerging. Your state could be one where we have projects developed or it could be an emerging state.
How long does it take to execute on a project?
The time it takes to construct a solar project is not long. Below is the general process for developing a solar project – this process can take 6-18 months:
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