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Here Comes Community Solar!

It’s finally here, the dream of solar enthusiasts all over the city: solar for apartments. For years, while single-family homeowners have been installing solar right and left,  New Yorkers have clamored for solar that fits the city lifestyle where most people don’t own their apartments, let alone the roof several floors above them.  So New York State made it possible to participate in what’s called “Community Shared Solar”, where one large array - in a field or on a warehouse roof - can send solar credits to anyone in the same utility zone. After months of planning and building, for the first time, this is possible in New York City, and you can join now.

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The first ever community solar arrays in New York City were built this winter on two warehouses in East New York and will be switched on within the next few weeks.

Together, these two sites hold more than 3,000 solar panels, producing over a megawatt of solar power. That’s enough to offset over 300 apartments… and almost anyone can sign up.

If you haven’t been able to go solar because you rent, your roof is too small, you don’t have the money to spend on a big project, or any other reason, this is a solution.

Community Solar is, at its core, a simple process:

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Image credit: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

When you sign up through the Here Comes Solar website, we’ll reach out to answer any questions and review your Con Edison bill to confirm you are eligible to participate. Then we’ll transfer you to Daroga Power, the owner of the Community Solar array. You’ll get a 12-month contract that you can renew for as many years as you like, and Daroga Power will allocate solar credits from the Community Solar array toward reducing your electricity bill. Each month, Daroga will charge you for 90% of the value of the credits you receive on your bill, so you’re always saving money from day one. 

Join us in accelerating New York City’s solar revolution. Here Comes Community Solar!

Introducing Solar Uptown Now

This summer and fall Solar One is continuing its work with WEACT for Environmental Justice and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) advancing solar adoption among affordable co-ops and buildings throughout Northern Manhattan. The campaign, which received a grant from the City's Solarize NYC program, is called Solar Uptown Now. Through the group purchasing campaign, the partners hope to make affordable clean energy available to buildings in Harlem and Washington Heights; neighborhoods that have a high density of affordable housing where working families could really benefit from utility bill savings. We are organizing a group of buildings to install solar at the same time and negotiate group discounted pricing from a qualified local solar company.

Through the campaign, any building from Harlem through Inwood is eligible to receive a free solar savings analysis and consultation from Solar One, and a no-obligation bid from the selected solar company. The campaign runs through February 2018, so act now to secure your free technical assistance and group discount!

 

Are you interested in solar for your building? Complete the survey to get started or attend one of our upcoming workshops.

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