Local clean energy company Sustainable Energy Developments Inc. (SED) has launched a community solar program in the Greater Rochester Area of New York in partnership with Vermont-based SunCommon.
According to SED, this offering will allow Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) customers that are unable to install solar panels on their property to power their homes or businesses with locally generated solar energy at no upfront cost.
SED and SunCommon will build two community solar projects for RG&E customers this year. The companies plan for a significant expansion in 2017, with several more projects in RG&E service territory, as well as in National Grid and NYSEG areas. The partners say the first project is already fully subscribed, and the second project is expected to be filled quickly with the next 300 customers.
“This is the first community solar offering in the region, and we’re very excited to be able to partner with an amazing company like SunCommon,” says Kevin Schulte CEO of SED.
James Moore, co-president of SunCommon, adds, “The community solar model has done remarkable things for energy users in Vermont, and we’re so excited to partner with SED to bring community solar to communities throughout Western New York.”