Taking a cue from his neighbors New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced a new statewide Solarize New York program. The new initiative, Community Solar NY, was instated under the NY-Sun initiative in an attempt to make it easier for people to go solar by accessing economies of scale to bring on the cost of solar in the state.
“Transitioning to affordable and clean energy is a large part of our goal of building a better New York State—and today we’re taking another step forward to make that goal a reality,” Cuomo said on Dec. 5. “By helping local communities implement solar technologies, we are providing residents throughout the State with greater access to clean energy without the burden of high costs. Community Solar NY is another initiative that will help us deliver on our promise to build a cleaner and greener Empire State, and I encourage all interested communities to join us by taking part in this effort.”
Already Solarize programs have become popular as pilots in New York as well as in neighboring states like Massachusetts and Connecticut. New York’s Solarize project pilots are listed here. One of those pilots in Troy has already had significant success.
“Many people have been sitting on the sidelines when it comes to solar power due to the misconception that it isn’t affordable, when in fact homeowners can save on their utility bill right out of the gate with no money down,” said John Johanson, Steering Committee Member of Solarize Troy. “As we’ve found in Troy, where we doubled our target with 60 installations, community efforts that bring neighbors together can have huge impact, inspiring many more people to go solar and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”
Solarize programs work by finding preferred solar installers that partner with local governments and towns to help promote solar for a specific period of time. By signing up a number of individuals or businesses for solar installations during the campaign the installers are able to purchase equipment for lower prices based on the volume of sales they generate through the Solarize campaign. By implementing the program under the state initiative New York hopes to help more communities in the state increase the amount of solar installed locally.
“Community Solar NY is an innovative approach to spur local communities to come together to install and encourage the installation of solar in homes, businesses and neighborhoods. A new component of Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, it is the latest piece of a comprehensive program to help the State advance toward installing 3,000 megawatts of solar by 2023,” said New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO John Rhodes.Tweet