Communities and Local Governments

Solar is growing in New York. Customers include residents, schools, municipalities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, multifamily buildings, and others with buildings connected to the electric grid in New York State. NY-Sun works to make solar easier and more affordable through community-driven initiatives:

Community Solar in NYS

Interested in solar, but unable to get it? Community Solar (also referred to as community distributed generation, or CDG) provides opportunities for renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools, and businesses to join together to set up community solar. A Community Solar project is a group of solar panels installed in a sunny location. Anyone in the area can access the clean energy produced by the panels and get credits on their electric bills. This program enables those who cannot put solar panels on their properties to receive a subscription of the solar production from off site panels as a credit on their monthly utility bill.

Solarize Your Community

Solarize campaigns are locally organized community outreach efforts aimed at homes and businesses that want to install solar panels on their property. By bringing together groups of potential customers, Solarize campaigns can help communities get more competitive pricing from solar companies, making solar more accessible and affordable.

Affordable Solar

Affordable Solar expands access to solar energy for low- to –moderate income households across New York through financial support and assistance to communities.

PV Training for Local Government Officials

NY-Sun offers training via the PV Trainers Network to help local governments and jurisdictions identify opportunities, mitigate barriers, and create programs that drive the development of PV markets through education, training, and one-on-one technical assistance. Find more local government resources.