One of the key benefits of community solar is the cost savings it can offer, even for low- and moderate-income households who don’t have access to traditional rooftop solar. By building at a larger scale than a single rooftop, a community solar garden lowers the cost of solar greatly, and offers the savings to hundreds of households.
Climate impacts are starting to hit closer to home. New York’s in the middle of an extreme drought that may persist for a while longer. Hurricane Sandy is still a fresh and bitter memory. While any single weather event can’t be linked directly to man-made climate change, we know the pattern around the world is cause for serious alarm. As we grapple with how to address the biggest challenge of our generation, we need to think of long-term solutions that have the ability to be sustained over time. Switching to clean energy should be a step we can all take now. But most New Yorkers can’t get rooftop solar so they can’t take this important action. That’s all changing, however, with the advent of community solar in the Empire State.
Did you know the cost of solar panels has dropped on average 10% a year since 1980? It’s a trend that experts predict will continue, making solar the least-cost generation technology in most countries by 2030.
As solar technology evolves and becomes more and more affordable, it’s hard to miss the many exciting possible uses. Imagine flying in a solar powered plane, or enjoying locally brewed solar-powered beer. These aren’t pie-in-the-sky dreams—they are already happening! Here’s just a few recent stories that shed light on how solar is changing our world for the better.