Solarize is a popular group purchasing and community education strategy that has more than doubled the amount of solar electricity in several hundred New England communities. It reduces confusion for customers, and marketing costs for selected installation firms, by bringing the community together to learn about solar options in a fun, social way.

Solarize Community Workshops bring neighbors together to learn about their options for solar energy.
Solarize Community Workshops bring neighbors together to learn about their options for solar energy.

“Solar Ambassadors” – people who already have solar panels and like to talk about them – are a critical factor in the Solarize success as they help their friends and neighbors to ask the right questions.

With primary funding from NYSERDA, the program is rolling out in six Hudson Valley counties through the end of 2017. Communities with motivated governments, civic groups and citizens are invited to apply as “Solarize Hubs” in the campaign’s five “waves” – 4 – 5 month periods of concentrated outreach. Applications are due May 6 for Wave 4, which runs from July 1 through Oct. 31.  Watch this page for news about future waves or join our mailing list by emailing solarizeinfo@sustainhv.org.

Find us on Facebook (Solarize Hudson Valley) for up to the minute news, events, and opportunities to get involved.

Managed by Sustainable Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainkeeper, Solarize is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative. NY-Sun will invest up to $1 billion in solar power through 2023 to significantly expand solar installations across the State, ultimately transforming New York’s solar industry to become self-sustaining.

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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