Woodstock Press Release

Community Solar Helps Woodstock Residents, Business Owners ‘Declare Energy Independence’ on July 1st

Woodstock & Rosendale are Chosen as Ulster County “Hubs” to Receive Time-Limited Solar Installation Discounts

July 2, 2015
(Woodstock, NY)— To celebrate Independence Day and promote new financial incentives for New Yorkers looking to go solar, the towns of Woodstock and Rosendale are 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 July 1st, with a launch event and workshop on July 13. Solarize representatives will attend local events throughout the summer, starting with the Woodstock Farm Festival and Library Fair.

According to local coordinator Kirk Ritchey, “We in Woodstock have studied this program in depth and could not be more pleased to be chosen. Our town has been an early mover with renewable energy on public buildings, so it is timely to bring the opportunity to our residents and businesses. For us, it’s a powerful way of declaring our energy independence.”

The time-limited group purchasing discounts up to 15 percent and more 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 high quality educational programming.

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).