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.
Yesterday (May 13) reporter Amy Zimmer at DNAinfo wrote a really nice article on grassroots solar initiatives in NYC that features our work and the experiences of some of HCS’s first members. Big thanks to Prospect Gowanus Neighbors Adel Sarhan and Ann Schaetzel for providing Ms. Zimmer with such excellent accounts of your experiences with HCS! Since the article was posted yesterday we’ve gotten a huge response on our interest survey.
Not only are residential solar electric systems on row houses still relatively rare in New York in 2014, they are also rarely visible since they are typically installed on flat roofs, three or more stories above the street. So it’s understandable that many row house owners might have difficulty envisioning what a solar system on