NYSERDA Now Accepting Applications for Round 3 of Solarize Campaigns

Community-based NY-Sun Solarize campaigns improve access to solar

September 07, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that applications are now being accepted for the third round of support for Solarize campaigns for communities across the state. Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's NY-Sun program, Solarize campaigns make going solar easier and more affordable for residents and business owners through community-driven campaigns. NY-Sun is an essential component of the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision, REV, strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Solarize campaigns provide support for community education and marketing of solar group purchasing projects. In this round, NYSERDA will encourage communities to consider participating in the Clean Energy Communities program, a $16 million Clean Energy Fund (CEF) initiative to help local governments across the state reduce energy consumption and drive clean energy use in their communities. The Clean Energy Communities program recognizes community Solarize campaigns as one of 10 actions that have high-impact on energy use and the environment.

NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, "Solar energy is key to Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision to build a cleaner, more affordable, and more resilient energy system for all New Yorkers, while creating clean energy jobs across the state. Solarize campaigns enable communities to transition to clean and sustainable energy, save money while doing so and inspire their neighbors to do the same."

Applications for Round 3 of Solarize will be accepted through November 3, 2016. Communities are eligible to receive $5,000 to establish new Solarize campaigns.

The first round of 26 Solarize campaigns in 2015 resulted in more than 900 solar installations and saved participants an estimated $1.4 million on upfront purchase costs for solar, for an average of approximately $1,590 per project. Right Now, 30 Round 2 Solarize campaigns are ongoing, and results will be available in early 2017.

Solarize campaigns are managed by community partnerships that include local municipalities, planning organizations, sustainability groups, state legislators and business groups. The campaigns bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education, and help customers choose solar companies that offer competitive, transparent pricing. The campaigns generally run for between six and nine months, including planning and outreach. By educating the local community, streamlining marketing efforts, and bringing customers together, Solarize campaigns help make going solar more affordable and more accessible.

To learn how to enroll in the third round of Solarize, visit Solarize your community.

Launched by Governor Cuomo in December 2014, Solarize is part of NY-Sun, a $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar energy and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. In his 2016 State of the State address, the Governor called for additional solar projects to be installed at 150,000 homes and businesses by 2020.

From 2012-2015, solar power in development and installed in New York grew by 575%. As a result, New York's solar industry is now the fourth largest in the nation and currently employs more than 8,250 workers, an increase of more than 3,000 jobs since 2013. In 2016, double-digit job growth is expected to continue with another 1,000 additional jobs created as a result of the state's robust solar project pipeline.

About NY-Sun

NY-Sun is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move New York State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. The growth of solar in the State has increased more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2014, twice the rate of U.S. solar growth overall. NY-Sun web site.

About the Clean Energy Fund

The 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund (CEF) is a core component of New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. It is designed to deliver on New York State's commitment to accelerate the use of clean energy and energy innovation and drive economic development, while reducing ratepayer collections.It includes a minimum of $234 million in funding over the first three years to support clean energy opportunities specifically to benefit low-to-moderate-income communities throughout the State. The CEF supports New York's aggressive Clean Energy Standard, which requires that 50 percent of the State's electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50% of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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