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Solar Power Is for Everyone

affordable-solar-new-york_iSolar One, GRID Alternatives Tri-State and Co-op Power today announced the launch of Affordable Solar New York. The nonprofit initiative will bring low-cost solar power to affordable housing providers in New York, which provide critical housing and services to low-income residents. Solar can significantly reduce energy costs for both operators and tenants, yet up-front costs, credit scores and complex financing remain significant barriers for this sector to access the technology.

Affordable Solar New York will address these barriers by providing no-cost technical assistance, reduced-cost installation and zero-down financing options to Housing Development Fund Corporation cooperatives and other affordable housing providers in New York City. Projects will include both job training and energy efficiency education opportunities for residents.

“To reach Mayor de Blasio’s landmark OneNYC vision for a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient New York City, all New Yorkers will need the ability to tap into the cost and energy saving benefits that solar energy can provide,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “I applaud Solar One, GRID Alternatives, and Co-op Power on the launch of Affordable Solar New York, an important step toward a more inclusive energy landscape in New York City.”

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7 Items to Check for Palm Oil- and Why You Should

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Palm oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, is a product of the South Asian tropics that has become ubiquitous in the products we use everyday.

Unfortunately, the deforestation associated with palm oil production seriously endangers the survival of the world’s wild orangutan population. The Orangutan Land Trust’s scientific advisory board estimates that some 3,000 orangutans are lost each year to habitat conversion and hunting.

Palm oil hides in many products under many names, so keep reading to learn what to look out for and where when you’re out shopping for ice cream, cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products…all of which usually contain palm oil or palm oil derivatives.

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Not Your Dad’s Solar: Solar Balloons Could Produce Electricity 24 Hours A Day

solarcloudsEveryone knows that renewable energy is winning the race to produce the electricity of the future, some people still have doubts about their ability to handle all our current energy needs, particularly because of the intermittent nature of wind and sun.

Now a team of researchers at NextPV may have figured out a way to get around that little problem.

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Teachers! Check Out the New Green Design Lab Website

gdl_blogThe Solar One Education team is excited to launch our new, enhanced website, thegreendesignlab.org!

The new website is easy to navigate and offers new features for registering for our Professional Development Workshops, the Green Design Lab Energy Challenge, and a host of resources for our Sustainable Schools Network members!

Since its inception 6 years ago, the Green Design Lab has grown to reach teachers and students in over 400 schools. During this time, Solar One Educators have provided professional development training for teachers on our hands-on curriculum, in-class programming for students, and support for energy reduction and school sustainability projects. With the development and growth of the Green Design Lab Sustainable Schools Network (SSN), Solar One Educators have reached teachers across the United States.

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Meet Here Comes Solar’s Newest Group on Windsor Place!

hcs_windsorplaceOur third group of solar homeowners has now officially launched in Brooklyn! With three contractor selections under our belt, we’ve seen our group solar model produce real savings for our members: each group has secured pricing over 20% cheaper than the average solar installation cost in the borough!

We are excited that our newest group shaped up to be four rowhouse owners on the same block of Windsor Place in the South Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Even with just four households, the efficiency of synchronized site visits and installations and the greater visibility of four new solar arrays on one block makes the project more attractive to installers and therefore more affordable for our members.

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Rewilding Stuyvesant Cove Park on Saturday June 6 at 5pm

rewilding_blogRachel Frank will be presenting a performance based on rewilding, an environmental practice that seeks to reestablish the landscape’s former ecosystems and increase sustainability by reintroducing species to areas in which they had formerly thrived but have since gone extinct. In Frank’s performance, actors wearing American bison head masks will symbolically rewild Stuyvesant Cove against the backdrop of the East River and views of Brooklyn and Queens. Performing in Stuyvesant Cove, a park established on land that was once an abandoned industrial site, this performance is part of a larger project, which uses the concept of rewilding to explore how we think about the landscape around us—its past, present and sustainability into the future.

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