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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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City Council Speaker, Members Visit S1 Workforce Training Lab

Council.Members.at.S1“We’re very committed to creating jobs,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito declared to 26 green job trainees at Solar One’s Workforce Training Lab on Monday. She was joined by the City Council Majority Leader, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Council Member Donovan Richards, Chair, Committee on Environmental Protection.

“We must all do our part to make New York a more sustainable City. The Solar One Workforce training program provides needed green job training skills to New Yorkers, and I’m proud to support this important initiative,” the Speaker told our trainees as she toured our lab in Long Island City.

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For Women’s History Month, the Top 10 Women in Solar

womeninsolarMarch is Women’s History Month, which is a good excuse to bring up the contributions of women to the industry that’s creating jobs nearly 20 times faster than the economy as a whole in the US– solar power.

From teaching workshops about solar installation to running major solar corporations, women have earned their place at the solar industry table.

Keep reading to learn about Women in Cleantech & Sustainability‘s list of the top 10 women working in solar.

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Solar Jobs Are Up, Up, Up in New York

solarjobsThe 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.

To read the full report, click here.

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.

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Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge Will Help the Caribbean Switch to Renewables

arubaIsland nations are at particular risk from climate change, for fairly obvious reasons: Rising sea levels could obliterate whole nations over the next century. Many of them, particularly in the Caribbean, rely on diesel-powered gird electricity that must be imported at great expense- some countries pay up to $.55 per kWh (compared to NYC, where electricity rates generally stay at least a few cents under $.25/kWh).

The Carbon War Room (CWR) and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) thought that it might be possible to do better by harnessing investors, environmental consultants and island governments to broker commitments and create plans to switch from diesel to renewable power.

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