Intro to Green for Coops & Condos: Meeting Your Building’s Special Needs

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How can I make my heating system quieter? Reduce my bills? Eliminate drafts? Stop smelling foul smells from my neighbors?
 
In this educational evening, you will learn some basic building science and solutions to your heat and comfort problems, techniques for working with your building residents, and state monies available to help make everything work better.
 
October 1
6:30-9:30pm
at NYSERDA
1359 Broadway bet 36th and 37th Sts
 
Attend as our guest for FREE by using the discount code “Solar1″ when you register here.
 

Let the World Know How You Really Feel About Climate Change- Join the People’s Climate March!

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On Sunday September 21, you can be part of what looks likely be the biggest march for climate justice EVER.
 
The March will kick off Climate Week in NYC, as world leaders converge on the UN to try, once again, to craft a global response to the climate crisis. The March begins at Columbus Circle at 11:30am (groups will be assembling on Central Park West between 59th and 86th Sts) and will proceed east on 59th Street to 6th Ave, south on 6th Ave to 42nd St, and west on 42nd St to 11th Ave. You can find full details and sign up here.
 
Organizers 350.org is calling for this March to be the biggest, the most beautiful and the most impactful demand for a serious plan for the global environment. Don’t miss it!
 
Poster by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
 

Clean EC Panel Series Returns Sept 22 with The Utility Business Model: Evolution or Revolution?

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After more than a century of thinking in a certain way about electricity and how it is delivered and sold, things are changing. Every day seems to herald a new milestone in renewable energy, and in distributed generation in particular. The role and leverage of the utilities seems like its about to undergo a fundamental change, and in New York State, the NY Sun Initiative is poised to invest never-before-seen sums into expanding the use of solar power through community solar initiatives and microgrid projects.
 
As Climate Week kicks off in NYC, Solar One and NYC-ACRE bring back the Clean Energy Connections panel series with a discussion of the next steps for the utility business model and what kind of changes we might see in the years to come.
 
The panel includes energy superstars and policymakers such as Jigar Shah, Audrey ZibelmanSergej MahnovskiStephen Lacey and Katherine Hamilton.
 
Tickets are going fast, and are available here, so get yours today!
 
The Utility Business Model: Evolution or Revolution?
Monday, September 22, 2014
7:00-9:00pm
The Greene Space at WNYC
44 Charlton Street at Varick Street
 

Catch & Release Fishing at Solar 1 on Saturday September 13

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Come to Solar One for your last chance to try fishing in the East River until next summer! Our friends at Lower East Side Ecology Center will be bringing over everything you’ll need to learn to bait, cast, reel in and unhook a fish. Whatever we catch will be ion display in a tank until the end of the event, so kids and adults can check them out up close. In past years, we’ve caught bluefish, bass and a crab.
 
Event starts at 11am and goes until 1pm, and kids of all ages are invited. RSVP to daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.
 

Solar and Wind Are Up; Gas, Coal and Nuclear Are Down

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While fewer new electricity generation projects came online in 2014 than in 2013, there’s been a major shift in which new projects are actually coming to fruition. Solar, wind and geothermal outpaced coal and natural gas by so much, you can hardly consider it a contest. And this is not just pr boasting or anecdotal- it’s been confirmed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
 
As you can see from the chart, new natural gas capacity declined by two thirds compared to 2013, and coal declined by 100%- no new coal generating plants came online in 2014. Nuclear stayed flat at 0%. And while solar and wind didn’t increase as much as last year, new solar capacity only declined by 5%, and new wind capacity by 27%. And geothermal was the only technology to add new capacity in 2014, with four new plants coming online in 2014.
 
Thanks to Phil Radford for posting this on the Clean EC LinkedIn discussion page, which you can join here. You can read his analysis here.
 
Want to see more stories like this? Sign up for Solar One’s weekly eNewsletter!
 

Last Chance to Kayak in Stuy Cove in 2014

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After two highly successful rounds of public kayaking events in Stuyvesant Cove this summer, this event series is drawing to a close on Sunday August 10. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.
 
You will need to be 18 or older, or else accompanied by a parent or guardian, know how to swim (although life jackets will be provided) and sign insurance waivers. If you can print them out and sign them before you arrive, you’ll be able to get on the water that much faster (links to download the waivers can be found on the Eventbrite ticket page).
 
Boats and gear are being provided by the Long Island City Community Boathouse (LICCB), and the event is a joint project of LICCB, the New York City Water Trail Association, and UrbanSwim, in conjunction with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and with the support of Solar 1, and NYCEDC.
 
Kayaking is great exercise, sustainable transportation and a chance to get a brand new perspective on our city. See you on Sunday, the forecast looks gorgeous!
 

 

Come Volunteer in Stuyvesant Cove Park This Saturday

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How did it get to be August already? It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Memorial Day and dreaming about sweet corn. Now the sweet corn is ripe (and really delicious this year, so go get some at the Greenmarket) and the late summer flowers are blooming in the Park. Before we know it, fall will kick in and the Park will enter its sleepy wintertime phase. So now is the perfect time to come out and enjoy the Park, while helping to ensure its continued health and beauty!
 
Park volunteers meet at Solar One at 9am and work on tasks like weeding, mulching, clearing paths, putting up signage and making sure fences and barriers are in place to keep dogs and humans out of the plant beds. A pizza lunch will be served, courtesy of the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. The workday ends at 1pm.
 
If you’re interested, please RSVP to Park manager Daisy Hoyt at daisy[at]solar1[dot]org to be part of the fun!
 

Solar One In the News: NYSERDA EDGE Edition

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What do you do with a 350+ unit, 52 year old condominium on one of the most valuable corners in Manhattan, when you realize it needs a top-to-bottom modernization and energy efficiency upgrade?
 
You call the NYSERDA EDGE Team! In this great piece by Amy Zimmer for DNAInfo.com, you can learn how Carnegie House got help from NYSERDA to pay for their upgrades, which helped cut energy bills by 15%, enabling the building to pay for their upgrades in only six years.
 
While there are a host of incentive programs out there for all kinds of buildings and businesses, applying for one kind of incentive can make a building ineligible for others. That’s why it’s important to talk to a specialist, like Solar One’s own Matthew Rolnick, quoted in the article. Matthew is one of the Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) who help guide building owners through the NYSERDA programs and figure out which incentives are the best fit for their individual situation. Depending on where you live in the “downstate” region (New York City, Westchester and Long Island), there’s a ROC available to help you make your building more efficient and reduce your operating costs.
 

Public Kayaking Returns to Solar One on Sunday July 27

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The second round of public kayaking events is happening in Stuyvesant Cove on Sunday July 27. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.
 
You will need to be 18 or older, or else accompanied by a parent or guardian, know how to swim (although life jackets will be provided) and sign insurance waivers.
 
Boats and gear are being provided by the Long Island City Community Boathouse (LICCB), and the event is a joint project of LICCB, the New York City Water Trail Association, and UrbanSwim, in conjunction with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and with the support of Solar 1, and NYCEDC.
 
Kayaking is great exercise, sustainable transportation and a chance to get a brand new perspective on our city. See you next Sunday!
 

Summer Is a Great Time to Visit Stuyvesant Cove Park

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One of the best parts of summer is the explosion of color and form that summer plants and flowers bring. Stuyvesant Cove Park is currently teeming with flowers and fruits, as well as birds, butterflies and bees taking full advantage of our beautiful native plant park.
 
Some of the species that are currently at peak bloom include scarlet beebalm (monarda didyma)black cohosh (actea racemosa)butterfly milkweed (asclepias tuberosa)swamp milkweed (asclepias incarnata)bottlebrush grass (elymus hystrix)sweet Joe-Pye weed (eutrochium purpureum)lovegrass (eragrostis spectabilis)purple coneflower (echinacea purpurea) and garden phlox (phlox paniculata).
 
There have also been plenty of wildlife sightings, including catbirds, cormorants, Mallards, and monarch and other butterflies- a lot more than last year!
 
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