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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.

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

In this Chat, HCS Director Chris Neidl talks with homeowner, HCS member and academic futurist Garry Golden about how he and three of his neighbors formed and expanded the Windsor Place Neighbors Solar Group in the Brooklyn neighborhood of South Slope/Windsor Terrace.  Garry shares his insights into the process of selecting local 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.

In many ways, the experience and initiative of the Windsor Place Neighbors have made a permanent impact on the HCS Group Solar model, demonstrating with great effectiveness one of the core principals that Here Comes Solar is based on: Solar's inherent potential for 'social creativity', the ability of solar adopters to collectively shape the terms of their own solar experience, and overcome barriers and challenges that stand in the way of adoption. Hats off, big thanks and congratulations to Garry, Ann, Carl, Elsie, Karen, Mark, Eric and Nancy for their energy, contribution and successful group solar experience!


Herecomessolar.nyc Homeowner Survey - Interested in forming or joining an HCS Solar Group in NYC? Start by filling out our survey. We can determine if solar is a good fit for your home and lead you through the process of making a decision, and joining a group.

Garrygolden.com - Garry's website, full of his many, very interesting writings on various subjects in futurism, including energy. Check it out!

Brooklyn row house solar example - A short video tour of a typical Brooklyn row house solar electric system, presented by solar installer and HCS friend Matt Myshkin. (Garry refers to this during the chat).

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