Why are my credits and payments higher in some months and lower in other months?

Why are my credits and payments higher in some months and lower in other months?

Your electric utility charges are based on the energy you consume. Your Sunscription credits and payments are based on the energy the Solar Garden generates.

As an electricity user, your total electricity charges are based on the amount of energy consumed at your home and any other fees from your electric utility provider. With your Sunscription, you receive a Sunscription credit and make a Sunscription payment each billing period; the value of the credit and payment are based on the amount of energy generated at the Solar Garden. Because the amount of sunlight per day varies with the seasons and weather patterns, the solar energy generated - and the corresponding credits and payments - will also vary. 

When there is more sunshine being converted into electricity, you will pay US Solar more and receive a higher credit on your electric bill. With a decrease in solar energy production, you will pay US Solar less and receive a smaller bill credit on your electric bill.

How do my variable Sunscription credits compare to my electric bill?

There are several factors that affect how your Sunscription credits compare to your normal electric bill charges. These factors include:
  1. Your personal electricity use during the billing period
  2. The weather - and resulting solar energy generation - at the Solar Garden during the billing period
  3. The size of your Sunscription
  4. Your utility and state community solar credit structure
Depending on these variables, you Sunscription credit can cover part of your electric utility charges, all of your electric utility charges, or all of your charges with an additional, excess credit amount left over. And in some cases, your Sunscription payment can be larger that your initial charges with your utility. To learn more about how your Sunscription is sized and how your utility manages excess bill credits, see this article: How big is my Sunscription? Can I make adjustments to my Sunscription size?

What does that mean for my savings?

The state and program you are a part of determine your savings rate structure and overall savings with your Sunscription. Refer to your Sunscription proposal and agreement for your estimated total savings. The main point is, the more clean energy the Solar Garden produces, the more bill credits your receive! 

For state-specific information about your Sunscription credits and payments, see the following resources:
  1. Minnesota subscribers - understanding your bill
  2. Illinois Ameren subscribers - understanding your bill
  3. Colorado subscribers - understanding your bill 
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