First ‘Solar For All’ Contracts Support Low-Income New Yorkers

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that nine community solar projects throughout New York have been awarded contracts through the Solar For All program.

According to NYSERDA, this is the first in a series of awards under the program, providing access to no-cost community solar for low-income New Yorkers. Increasing access to renewable energy for all New Yorkers is a cornerstone of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy agenda, and this latest announcement supports the state’s goal of building 3 GW of solar projects by 2023 and the governor’s mandate for 50% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.

The Solar for All contracts were awarded to groups located in these towns and regions:

  • Town of Crawford (Mid-Hudson): Clearway Energy Group: Crans Mill is a 2.8 MW community solar project of which 1 MW will be used to provide solar subscriptions in Orange and Rockland’s utility territory.
  • Town of Grand Island (Western New York): BlueRock Energy Solar Inc.: BlueRock Grand Island is a 2.1 MW community solar project of which 1 MW will be used to provide solar subscriptions in National Grid’s utility territory in western New York.
  • Town of Johnstown (Mohawk Valley): Common Energy: Johnstown A and B are two community solar projects – 2.8 MW and 2.0 MW – adjacent to each other and will provide 1 MW each for solar subscriptions in National Grid’s Capital Region utility territory.
  • Town of Mooers (North Country): Delaware River Solar: Boas #4 is a 2.7 MW community solar project of which 1 MW will be used to provide solar subscriptions in NYSEG’s northern New York region as well as the rest of NYSEG’s utility territory.
  • Town of Poughkeepsie (Mid-Hudson): Clearway Energy Group: Underhill is a 3.0 MW community solar project of which 1 MW will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in Central Hudson’s utility territory.
  • Town of Rochester (Mid-Hudson): Nexamp: Nexamp Rochester is a 5.6 MW community solar project of which 1 MW will be used to provide solar subscriptions in Central Hudson’s utility territory.
  • Town of Seneca (Finger Lakes): Nexamp: Nexamp Seneca is a 2.6 MW community solar project of which 1 MW will be used to provide solar subscriptions in NYSEG’s Central New York region as well as the rest of NYSEG’s utility territory.
  • Town of Thompson (Mid-Hudson): Delaware River Solar: Sackett Lake is a 2.8 MW community solar project of which 1 MW will be used to provide solar subscriptions in NYSEG’s utility territory in the Mohawk Valley region.

“Today, under the forward-thinking leadership of Governor Cuomo, solar energy is growing faster than ever before, and it is accessible for more New York homeowners and renters than ever before,” comments Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “NYSERDA is proud to be advancing the Solar for All program to make sure that our most vulnerable residents have increasing access renewable energy while supporting the governor’s commitment to lowering energy costs for New York families.”

As part of Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun program, Solar For All offers eligible low-income households the opportunity to subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees. Funding for the program is provided by the state’s 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund, a core component of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy.

Projects selected in this first round will serve approximately 7,000 low-income homeowners and renters who receive electric service from NYSEG, National Grid, Central Hudson and Orange & Rockland. Some of the selected projects have also committed to additional community benefits, including donations to local organizations serving families in need or educational programs for local schools. NYSERDA will launch a second round of the program in 2019, expanding the number of households and areas served by the program.

1 COMMENT

  1. Low income people need energy independence. Subsidies for roof top solar for home owners and landlords would have greater environmental justice and economic impact.

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