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Community Solar

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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Here Comes Solar Gets Some Love from DNA Info

solarsolarsolarSolar One’s newest initiative Here Comes Solar helps homeowners aggregate their economic power and physical proximity to “solarize” their communities, one block at a time.

Check out this article from DNAInfo that explains how it’s done, how homeowners feel about the process and then go to the Here Comes Solar website and fill out the survey to see whether your home might be a good fit for solar!

HCS Report: The Story of Sun Garden Homes

hcsnyc_blogSolar can be a great fit for NYC cooperatives that are looking to contain their ever-rising operating costs and save for necessary capital improvements. When a large roof is matched with a large ConEd bill, substantial savings can be realized, year after year, once solar is installed. However, no matter how compelling the argument may be, making the case for solar to an overextended volunteer board and a diverse shareholder base that is unfamiliar with the technology can be a challenging, time-consuming and even highly frustrating undertaking . . . and one that many solar contractors are not willing to take on.

So what can be done?

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Get Ready for a Global Solar-Powered Energy Revolution

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For absolute proof that solar power is the future, check out this graph from the Earth Policy Institute, which shows the trajectory of solar world-wide over the past 40 years.

As the price of panels has plummeted, the capacity of solar installations has grown exponentially. In fact, solar power use has increased 53 times since 2006.

How many other industries have grown 53 times larger in 9 years?

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What “Repo Man” Can Teach Us About Solar’s Residual Value

repomanIf you’ve never seen Repo Man, Alex Cox’s 1984 sci-fi dystopian comedy tale of a kid who gets caught up in the repo business, starring a very young Emilio Estevez, it’s highly entertaining, and highly recommended. But the repo model also has some interesting value for the future of solar power.

So what does repossessing cars have to do with solar panels?

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SolarCity Launches Worldwide Microgrid Service

Realizing that they already had all the elements in hand, US solar provider #1 SolarCity is now offering “microgrids as a service” to municipalities, island nations, hospitals, military bases, schools and communities,. remote or otherwise, who want to increase their resiliency and rely less on conventional electric power. And not only can they do it, but they can do it with little or no upfront cost,and provide power cheaper than a utility.

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