NAACP and Our Power partner on event to raise awareness of community solar benefits

NAACP and Our Power partner on event to raise awareness of community solar benefits

Peekskill, NY, June 20, 2017—On Tuesday, June 20, starting at 7pm at The Summit at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Peekskill, NY, Our Power and the Peekskill NAACP are running a free, informational workshop on community solar.

“Community solar is coming to New York and Our Power is encouraging people to participate in the program and support new solar projects while saving money on their power bills,” said Gary Skulnik, Our Power. “Our Power is in Peekskill to let local residents know about the program and when eligible solar projects in their community become available.”

Community solar is a way for individuals and businesses to support a new solar project in their area without having solar panels on their roof. A subscriber to a community solar project doesn’t need to install panels. Instead, a subscriber commits to being a customer of the solar project and benefits from the clean power it generates. To help make this happen, state governments have passed legislation to encourage public participation in community solar projects. The goal is to save consumers money on their utility bills, promote local economic development, and build new clean energy projects.

“Peekskill’s population consists of more tenants than it does homeowners. Community solar has the potential to do a lot for these members of our community by giving them the ability to contribute to the green energy revolution while also receiving the economic benefits if they become community solar subscribers.” said Vanessa Agudelo, a Peekskill resident who recently launched the Environmental Climate Justice Committee at the Peekskill NAACP. “This is a huge push forward in the right direction for a community that has been disproportionately burdened by carbon emitting facilities, more so than higher income communities in the Hudson Valley.”

For more information and to RSVP for this free event, visit the Peekskill NAACP and Our Power community solar event page.

About Our Power
Our Power is your connection to community solar. As projects become available, individuals will have the opportunity of subscribing to them through the Our Power website. Subscribers pay to support power from the community solar project of their choice and in turn receive “solar credits” from their existing utility bills. The more power a community solar project generates, the more “solar credits” subscribers will earn and the more they will save off of their power bills. For more information, visit OurPower.solar and join the mailing list to become an Our Power insider.

About Peekskill NAACP
Peekskill NAACP is a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACP.org.

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Contact Our Power: Jon McKay, Public Relations Manager, 1.877.360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@ourpower.solar

Contact Peekskill NAACP: Martin McDonald, President, 845.490.4931, martin.mcdonald625@aim.com

 

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