Our First Community Solar Project

Clark Public Utilities maintains five Community Solar projects adjacent to one another on-site at the utility Operations Center in Orchards. The location was chosen for its prime solar exposure, visibility and cost-effective proximity to existing electrical infrastructure. These first community solar arrays began generating electricity on the Clark Public Utilities electric grid in June 2015.

All residential customers of Clark Public Utilities were eligible to purchase one unit, equal to 1/12 of a solar panel at a cost of $100, or up to 100 units of the Community Solar Project; the first project sold out on the first day. Based on demand, four more projects were developed that same year at the same site at the utility Operations Center in Orchards. The units for the four additional projects sold out in less than one month. Participants will continue to receive energy generation credits on their bills, based on the number of units purchased, for the life of the project.

Quick Facts

  • Approximate number of homes powered annually by Community Solar: 30
  • Total number of Community Solar participants: over 700
  • Average number of units purchased by each participant: 10 units
  • System Size (all five community solar sites): 319,000 watts