This post was originally published on the Here Comes Solar blog, and was written by Affordable Solar Program Manager Anika Wistar-Jones.
It’s finally here, the dream of solar enthusiasts all over the city: solar for apartments. For years, while single-family homeowners have been installing solar right and left, New Yorkers have clamored for solar that fits the city lifestyle where most people don’t own their apartments, let alone the roof several floors above them. So New York State made it possible to participate in what’s called “Community Shared Solar”, where one large array – in a field or on a warehouse roof – can send solar credits to anyone in the same utility zone. After months of planning and building, for the first time, this is possible in New York City, and you can join now.
The first ever community solar arrays in New York City were built this winter on two warehouses in East New York and will be switched on within the next few weeks.
Together, these two sites hold more than 3,000 solar panels, producing over a megawatt of solar power. That’s enough to offset over 300 apartments… and almost anyone can sign up. If you haven’t been able to go solar because you rent, your roof is too small, you don’t have the money to spend on a big project, or any other reason, this is a solution.
Community Solar is, at its core, a simple process:
When you sign up through the Here Comes Solar website, we’ll reach out to answer any questions and review your Con Edison bill to confirm you are eligible to participate. Then we’ll transfer you to Daroga Power, the owner of the Community Solar array. You’ll get a 12-month contract that you can renew for as many years as you like, and Daroga Power will allocate solar credits from the Community Solar array toward reducing your electricity bill. Each month, Daroga will charge you for 90% of the value of the credits you receive on your bill, so you’re always saving money from day one.
Join us in accelerating New York City’s solar revolution. Here Comes Community Solar!