A new community solar program coming to our area is trying to change that. Arcadia Power is a national company building a solar farm in Red Creek in Wayne County.

Solar energy is becoming more popular, but for some, it's still too expensive to use.

A new community solar program coming to our area is trying to change that. Arcadia Power is a national company building a solar farm in Red Creek in Wayne County.

Company officials say their RG&E community solar program will allow eligible RG&E customers to enroll, tap into the solar energy system, and save money.

Depending on the size and location of your home, solar panels could cost you close to $18,000. There are tax credits and rebates, but you'd still pay thousands on the front end. On top of that, to install your own solar panels on your roof it must be the right size and face the right direction.

Joel Gamoran, director of energy services at Arcadia Power, says the process to sign up is easy. Gamoran says you sign up for free using your existing utility account and you'll pay your bill to Arcadia and notice savings.

"Once the project gets connected, a portion of your RG&E bill will be reduced and will be replaced by charges for the solar electricity," Gamoran said. "We guarantee that solar portion of your bill is 5 percent cheaper than what you would've paid RG&E."

Gamoran adds there are only a limited number of spots available so if you want in, you need to act quickly.

The facility in Red Creek has not finished development at this time. Arcadia Power expects to have the system online by the fall of this year. You can find more information about eligibility on the website.