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.”
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New Rules Move Solar Forward in NY

As a follower of community solar in New York State, you’re looking for good news. After most projects became stalled while waiting for new regulations to be announced, the industry has been looking for new information from the New York Public Service Commission (PSC).

Last month, that news came. In this blog post we’re going to look at one important change that should help community solar in New York State to take off: VDER or Value of Distributed Energy Resources.

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Community Solar Gets Real

You might recall from our August newsletter that there had been more than 900 applications to build community solar projects across New York state. Believe it or not, the latest report from the New York’s Department of Public Service shows that the number has increased by more than 50%, to nearly 1,400 projects in the queue. Working through all these applications is a tremendous amount of work for state authorities, which has slowed the process of getting them constructed – but two are now up and on the grid!

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Community Solar and Reducing New Yorkers’ Energy Bills

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.

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Community Solar and Climate Change

Community Solar and Climate Change

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.

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Pokémon Go Solar? And Other Cool Solar Happenings Coming our Way

Pokémon Go Solar? And Other Cool Solar Happenings Coming our Way

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.

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