The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, just released its New York Solar Jobs Census. The district-level Census found that New York’s solar industry employed 7,284 New Yorkers in 2014 and added nearly 2,100 solar jobs over the previous year. New York’s 40% solar industry employment growth allowed it to move to 4th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state. Solar employment in New York grew nearly 40 times faster than the state’s employment growth rate of 1.1 percent during the same period.
Whether they rent their home, own a condo or have a shaded roof, many New Yorkers are currently unable to install solar energy systems. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, only 22-27% of residential roof space is suitable for on-site solar production. This leaves the majority of homes in the dark, without the economic and environmental benefits associated with solar.
2015 could be the year this changes.
Solar One and its Solarize Brooklyn partners hosted two more successful community education sessions on June 15 at the Windsor Terrace Y and June 17 at the Park Slope Library. On Monday, more than 60 people, including city councilmember Brad Lander, packed the Park Slope Library to heard about the community program, learn about solar power, and ask questions of the two selected solar installers who are providing discount pricing for the program.
We will be holding one last education session on June 26th from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Flatbush Y at 1401 Flatbush Avenue. The deadline to sign up for a free solar assessment (and be eligible for discount pricing is June 30th.
To learn more and sign up visit solarizebrooklyn.org.
Three organizations are banding together to make installing solar easier and more cost-effective for homeowners and coops/condos. Solarize Brooklyn is a campaign organized by two local volunteer groups, Sustainable Flatbush and Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace, with Solar One serving as an advisor.
The group has organized community education sessions and has selected two expert solar installers who are offering special pricing and group discounts for participants. Sign up for the program lasts until June 30, and education sessions are scheduled for June 1 and June 4.
Learn more and sign up for an education session at solarizebrooklyn.org!
Solarize Brooklyn, a grass-roots program bringing cost-effective solar power to Brooklyn buildings on a large scale, kicks off its 2013 campaign in the Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush neighborhoods kicks off on April 24 with a community education session at the Windsor Terrace Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at 160 E. 5thStreet, from 6:30pm-8pm. Visitsolarizebrooklyn.org for more information and to register for the event.