Community solar power is continuing to take off in New York. Last month New York announced its largest community solar project yet, a 2.7-megawatt (MW) solar array in Sullivan County. Now Clean Energy Collective (CEC) has announced its RooflessSolar program, a community solar offering that guarantees energy savings to participants, will be available in Orange & Rockland and Central Hudson’s service areas.
Community solar programs allow homeowners, condo owners and renters an opportunity to go solar when they can’t put solar on their own rooftop. In addition, it also allows utilities and developers to install a solar farm that can maximize the amount of energy produced in a region, unfettered by issues including shading from trees and other buildings, for instance.
Through the RooflessSolar offering, CEC said its participants are guaranteed savings of 1 cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy. It added that the savings add up to about $100 annually, equal to a month’s utility bill for a household. The company has introduced the offering in 15 states now.
“After considerable preparation and local coordination, we are excited to launch reservations for our RooflessSolar projects in New York and offer guaranteed savings to participants,” said Tom Sweeney, President of Renewables for Clean Energy Collective. “Given our long history developing successful community solar projects, CEC is well positioned to build and manage the large portfolio of solar facilities we have on track for the state and deliver savings to many of New York’s electricity customers.”
The company said it has a portfolio of 22 medium-scale solar facilities in New York. Those customers of Orange & Rockland and Central Hudson can sign up to participate with no up-front fees. Enrollees can also customize their Roofless Solar plan to their electric use and can monitor the amount of energy their portion of the solar farm is producing, as well as the energy credits and environmental offsets through CECs online app MyOwnCleanEnergy.com.
“We are proud to help more New Yorkers participate in solar. Our mission is to ensure that every household in the state can save money with affordable, local, clean energy,” Sweeney said.
Meanwhile the 2.7 MW array in Sullivan County is expected to serve more than 350 households there. The project, by Delaware River Solar received nearly $1.3 million from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $1 billion NY-Sun initiative.
"An investment in renewable energy is an investment in the future and sustainability of New York's environment, and the overall health of this state,” Cuomo said. "This Sullivan County project will deliver energy savings to residents throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region, while supporting the establishment of a cleaner, greener New York for all.”
The state began allowing community solar projects as part of its Reforming the Energy Vision. That project is supporting Cuomo’s mandate that 50 percent of the state’s power comes from renewable energy.Tweet