Community Solar Information Hub

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Welcome to the Community Solar Information Hub, where you will find out more about community solar in New York City, how to save money with community solar, and how you can join a community solar project with Solar One. Here’s what you’ll find on this page:

What is Community Solar?

Why is Community Solar Important?

Growth of Community Solar in New York City

Benefits of Community Solar

Joining a Community Solar Project

Starting your own Community Solar  Project

Solar One’s Community Solar Projects


What is Community Solar?

Community Solar allows New Yorkers to share a solar energy system and reduce energy bills through solar credits. It allows households and businesses to go solar without installing solar energy on their own roof.

PRIMARY BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY SOLAR

Check out the Benefits section for more information!

Why is Community Solar Important?

We know that solar energy is good for the environment, reduces energy bills, and can improve community health. Though solar energy on homes and businesses has been growing rapidly, the vast majority of New Yorkers cannot access solar power. Issues of access are disproportionally higher in communities of color, low-income communities, and environmental justice communities, that arguably need clean, renewable energy access the most.

Community solar helps to solve existing barriers to getting solar on your roof.

Benefits of Community Solar

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Growth of Community Solar in New York City

Meeting State and City Climate Goals

Community Solar can reduce New York City’s dependence on fossil fuels and help the State and City meet its renewable energy mandates, including:

State Targets

100 percent clean, carbon-free electricity in New York State by 2040 Distributed solar deployment of 6,000 megawatts by 2025 Increasing New York’s Clean Energy Standard mandate to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030

City Targets

Installing 350 MW of solar in NYC by 2025 NYCHA is reducing energy use per square foot 20 percent by 2025 and installing 25MW of solar capacity by 2026 Expand distributed solar energy and install 1,000 MW of solar capacity by 2030

Plus, local renewable energy projects provide a range of benefits: lower energy costs, improve air quality, and the creation of new jobs. Prioritizing the development of community solar projects in historically marginalized communities can also ensure that no one is being left out of the Just Transition, and benefits are being provided to communities that need them the most.

 

Community Solar Projects in New York

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As of early 2021, there are___ community solar systems, for a cumulative ___ Megawatts, with another ___ in the process. Here’s a map of projects around the State, courtesy of NYERSDA.

If you would like to sign up for a community solar project, please reach out through this form and Solar One can help you find a project.

Joining a Community Solar Project

Most households in NYC are eligible to join a community solar project. “Joining” a project usually means that you will select a project to sign up, receive a portion of the credits, then pay for the credits at a discount, usually 10-20%. Right now, the community solar payment occurs on a separate bill, but most projects will be eliminating the second bill starting later this year.

Most community solar programs save you $5-$10/month, which adds up over the course of a year. The best part with community solar is that you are always saving money, and you never pay more for participating in a project.

Also, most community solar projects offer:

  • A fixed discount (usually 10-20%)
  • Free cancellation
  • Stay on the project if you move

Ready to sign up? Fill out this form to get started!


Starting your own Community Solar Project

Community solar can help your organization provide an opportunity for local ownership and decision-making into project development, jobs within the green workforce, and long-term revenue for your organization through the sale of discounted solar energy credits.

If you are a community-based organization interested in Community Solar, the *PDF* attached below provides information to help your organization get started and how Here Comes Solar can guide you!


Solar One’s Community Solar Projects

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