Saugerties Press

Solarize Saugerties and Solarize Northern Dutchess are now closed to new registrations. 

Local workshops to offer solar discounts 

by John Ferro  – Poughkeepsie Journal – March 2, 2016


For Immediate Release

Date:               February 8, 2015


Community-Led ‘Solarize’ Effort Makes Going Solar Simpler, More Affordable

New York State-Supported ‘Solarize’ Campaign to Launch in Saugerties on March 5


Partnering with Solarize Hudson Valley, Saugerties volunteers formed a team to bring Solarize to Saugerties and all of Ulster County. Solarize makes going solar easier and provides a group discount for home and small business owners.


At the launch event on Saturday, March 5, interested residents from Saugerties and anywhere in Ulster County can learn all about the Solarize program from a Solarize Hudson Valley representative. Solarize Hudson Valley is a nonprofit, state-sponsored organization in partnership with several state agency and nonprofit organizations.


Residents will also meet our certified and fully vetted installers whose work is guaranteed. Residents can  sign-up for a free site assessment to determine if their home or business is “solar ready,” learn about low-interest loans, tax credits, lease or buy options, and roof or ground installation. “This is a unique opportunity for those who have been thinking about going solar, to do it,” said Mary O’Donnell, volunteer coordinator.


The program runs from March thru June 2016. The launch event is from 3:00p.m. – 5:00 pm at the Saugerties Senior Center, 207 Market Street. Additional community workshops will be scheduled throughout the spring. More information about Solarize can be found at , on Facebook Solarize Saugerties, or by email


Led by Sustainable Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainkeeper, Solarize Hudson Valley is part of Mountainkeeper’s statewide RenewableNY program. The three-year effort is funded in the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). Solarize Hudson Valley has led Solarize campaigns in Kingston, Woodstock-Rosendale, Warwick-Goshen, and Beacon.

Saugerties Times – Letters to the Editor – January 14 – 21, 2016

Info about Solarize

It was great to see Bob Berman’s article “Going Solar.” He did an excellent job in breaking down the choices and the issues for homeowners. A few months ago I saw a reference in a business column that said “the Hudson Valley is awash in solar marketing.” There is a lot of interest, and it is exciting to see solar arrays going up everywhere as you drive around the county.

However, there is an important piece to add: Solarize Hudson Valley is the non-profit, community-sponsored, state-supported project. The purpose of Solarize is simply to give people the information they need to decide whether solar makes sense for their home or business. We do this through community workshops and solar open houses, sponsored by volunteers who are your neighbors. By partnering with solar installation companies that are pre-certified by NYSERDA, our state energy authority, and qualified through a rigorous process to assure that they are financially stable (they’ll be around for a long time to come) and dedicated to best practices. We offer choices: roof mount or ground mount, lease or purchase, local or national company. Plus one more very important thing: our installers offer a group purchase discount so that the costs Bob cites in his article are actually 10 to 15 % cheaper with our Solarize discount.

Bob mentioned three of the installers we worked with in 2015. Here are the other four: NY State Solar Farm (Gardiner), Lotus Energy (Hudson), Apex Solar Power (a regional company) and Direct Energy Solar (a national company).

Solarize Hudson Valley is a project of Sustainable Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainkeeper. It reframes the individual decision to go solar as a community-wide campaign. Our next wave will include all of Ulster and Dutchess Counties beginning March 1. It’s for business owners, too. To find out more, go to our website, and get on our list for 2016

John Wackman
Program manager
Solarize Hudson Valley

Promoting solar power

Kudos to Bob Berman for his clearly presented overview of the possibilities for Solar Power acquisition by the general public (January 7, edition of Saugerties Times). I feel his review helps dispel the notion that adoption of this environment-friendly, money-saving, technology is as daunting or costly as some may believe. I hope it opens the door to many who would like to investigate the possibilities for themselves.

There is a group of local volunteers whose goal it is to aid folks who are interested in that investigation. We go under the name of Solarize Saugerties and have begun a campaign to reach out and assist by offering information to make it easy and affordable to have the advantages of solar power. We will make information available via website, Facebook, and face-to-face workshops (where one will be able to speak directly to people with personal experience with solar-power ownership, with installers themselves … as well offering free evaluations of individual’s particular situation).

If you are interested in getting information, or helping with our efforts, please contact us or at the Solarize Saugerties Facebook page, and let us know how we can help.

Open yourself to the blessings of the sun.

Skip Arthur


Joining forces to bring more solar energy to Saugerties 

by Janet Asiain – Saugerties Times – November 2, 2015

To learn more about Solarize Saugerties and our team, visit our About page.

To learn more about Solar Saugerties’ Solar Installer Partners, visit our Saugerties Installers page.

To learn more about the pricing, components, and warrantees offered by our Installer Partners, visit our Saugerties Comparison Table page. 

To see how far along Solarize Saugerties is towards reaching its installation goals as well as photos of our local events and volunteers, visit our Saugerties Campaign in Real Time page.