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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!

Links:

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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HCS featured in DNAinfo article about grassroots solar initiatives in NYC!

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.

It's still early days for HCS, but we are incredibly excited and encouraged by the impact we've been able to have so far. Two groups of wonderful Brooklyn homeowners have now selected local qualified solar installers through our SunBlock platform, and have enjoyed great pricing through our strength in numbers approach. We're very appreciative of DNAinfo for bringing very welcome attention to our early efforts and success.

 

 

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Row house solar: a two minute tour of a solar electric system in Brooklyn

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 their home might even look like. In this short video, Here Comes Solar technical expert and seasoned solar installer Matt Myshkin gives a two-minute tour of a recently installed solar electric system on a brownstone in Sunset Park.

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