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The Weinsteins Go Green!


Prospect Heights homeowners Matt and Stacey Weinstein joined a Here Comes Solar group last August and are getting their solar panels installed now! After a robust permitting process that involved the LPC, FDNY, and DOB, 14 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels and a SolarEdge inverter (plus optimizers) will create significant reductions on their grid-power usage. Follow their installation

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HCS Chat: A Quick Look at the HCS Member Hal Drellich’s Solar Energy Installation

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In this Chat, HCS volunteer Chloe Holden interviews homeowner, HCS member and Crown Height North Association board member Hal Drellich about his experience getting solar installed through Here Comes Solar.  Hal shares his insights into the process of selecting qualified solar installer Brooklyn SolarWorks using HCS’s proposal platform SunBlock, and shows off his system that is generating enough

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Solar Pioneers of Central Harlem

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Yvette and Adrian live in a modernly renovated townhouse in central Harlem, inconspicuously located on 112th st near Morningside Park. They took a dilapidated property and turned it into a green  building that is expertly designed to be energy efficient. The architect they hired wisely included solar panels in the design! This project was completed

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Solar in the Snow


One of the biggest concerns that homeowners have in the winter is how snow will impact solar energy. Snow is actually not the adversary of solar productivity and does not require you to perform any extra maintenance on your solar electricity system. Panels installed on a flat-roof are usually installed at an angle and tilt

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Prospect Lefferts Gardens: HCS Stronghold!

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In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama applauded solar energy, noting, “we are giving homeowners the freedom to generate and store their own energy,” and even referenced New York as being a big part of the movement. Even in Brooklyn we have seen an incredible jump in solar energy investments this past year.

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Scenes from a Flat Roof Solar Installation in Brooklyn

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Liam Galloway is one of Here Comes Solar’s talented new volunteers. In the coming months he will be documenting the experiences of current HCS homeowner members as they advance through the different stages of solar project completion. Liam’s Brilliant Blog posts will feature simple video-based answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about the practical aspects of going solar. In this first installment, Liam shares step-by-step visual insights into how the process of solar installation actually happens on flat roof row houses here in New York City. Liam shadowed a crew from HCS Qualified Installer Brooklyn SolarWorks as they installed a 6 kilowatt solar electric system on the home of HCS member Bob Harvey. Bob is one of five members of the very first HSC group, the Prospect Gowanus Neighbors, which is now fully installed. Below Liam shares a brief account of what he saw and recorded on Bob’s roof last month. Thanks Liam – we look forward to future posts!

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Shared Solar: Strategies for Low and Moderate Income Inclusion in New York State (VIDEO)

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On December 4th, Here Comes Solar hosted Joy Hughes, Founder of the Solar Gardens Institute, for an hour-long webinar Shared Solar: Strategies for Low and Moderate Income Inclusion in New York State. The live event was hosted at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) in the LES and attended by representatives from several NYC-based community advocacy and environmental justice organizations. An additional 30 participants attended the webinar remotely from around the state. Big thank you to Joy for presenting, GOLES for hosting, and Ayo Harrington for helping make it all happen!

The full webinar details can be found below, and the link to the webinar recording above.

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HCS’s Group Solar Map [BETA] launched on Sunblock


As we’ve made it to 50 members over the last 6 months, we discovered that we need a convenient way for interested homeowners throughout the five boroughs to quickly find out where HCS Solar Groups are forming that they can potentially join. This map is our first go at that concept, using CARTODB. In the coming weeks we’ll be tweaking and adding to its functionality to make it more useful and helpful.  Please email any thoughts and ideas on how we can make it better (email: neidl@solar1.org).

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HCS Chat: Inside the Solar Group Experience – A Conversation with Homeowner and HCS Member Garry Golden

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In this Chat, HCS Director Chris Neidl talks with homeowner, HCS member and academic futurist Garry Golden about his experience forming and growing the Windsor Place Neighbors Solar Group in the Brooklyn neighborhood of South Slope/Windsor Terrace.  Garry shares his insights into the process of selecting qualified solar installer Green Street Solar Power using HCS’s proposal platform SunBlock, and how he and his fellow core group members were able to triple the number of group participants after installer selection through their own direct outreach in the neighborhood.

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