Community Solar Helps Goshen Residents, Business Owners ‘Declare Energy Independence’ on July 8th
Goshen & Warwick are Chosen as Orange County “Hubs” to Receive Time-Limited Solar Installation Discounts
July 2, 2015
(Goshen, NY)— To celebrate Independence Day and promote new financial incentives for New Yorkers looking to go solar, the town of Goshen is launching a unique state-supported solar education and group purchasing program, Solarize Hudson Valley. Through Solarize, residents and small business owners will be able to learn whether their homes and buildings are a fit for solar electricity, identify options for purchasing or leasing it, and find out how to move forward with affordable solar power. Solarize campaigns have more than doubled the use of residential solar in hundreds of New England towns, and are taking off in New York with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-SUN and Community Solar initiatives.
The Solarize campaign officially begins on July 8 with a launch event at 4 p.m. on 70 Sleepy Valley Road in Warwick. Goshen will have their public launch the same day at 7:30 p.m. at Goshen Town Hall. Solarize representatives will attend both events and will be at other local events during the summer. All residents of surrounding communities are welcome at Solarize outreach events, which combine education, sociability and the opportunity to ask representatives questions.
“Goshen’s home and small business owners are enthusiastic about the opportunity to solarize our community, house-by-house and business-by-business,” said Kate Schmidt, a Planner with the Orange County Department of Planning. “We’ve studied the solarize program from top to bottom and couldn’t be more pleased to be selected. It’s a powerful way for our community to declare our energy independence.”
Solarize group purchasing discounts of up to 15 percent are available through November 15, 2015. The program benefits businesses and homeowners who choose to go solar, by reducing the “soft costs” of marketing, while bringing communities together with pre-qualified installation firms and educational programming. In 2013, New York had the fourth-highest average electricity prices in the U.S. Most new solar homeowners approach energy independence within a few months and see significant long-term savings on their utility bills.
Led by Sustainable Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainkeeper, the initiative is part of Mountainkeeper’s statewide RenewableNY initiative. The three-year effort is funded in the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). A spring pilot in Kingston is being followed by the roll-out of education and outreach events in the “hub” communities of Rosendale-Woodstock, Warwick-Goshen, and Beacon. Residents of surrounding communities are welcome at Solarize outreach events which combine education, sociability and the opportunity to ask questions of the selected installer representatives.
New York’s aggressive efforts to expand its clean energy economy are producing impressive results. The state now ranks third in the nation in new solar capacity during the first quarter of 2015. New York trailed only California and Nevada in Q1, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).