The Shared Solar NYC Gateway is a platform to connect community shared solar developers to interested owners of potential host sites, including rooftops and open land. Additionally, the Gateway allows local residents and businesses to sign up for notifications about subscription opportunities to local community shared solar projects originating from the Gateway. Sustainable CUNY and the NYC Solar Partnership will identify and educate potential host site owners and potential subscribers through Solarize marketing campaigns. The first pilot campaign is Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun for All. The Gateway addresses the primary barrier to community shared solar in New York City, which is suitable host site identification. This was identified in the NYC Solar Partnership’s 2016 RFI on community shared solar.
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Community Shared Solar | Sustainable CUNY is leading an effort to bring Community Shared Solar to the residents of Brooklyn CB6 and beyond in this first of its kind campaign. Community Shared Solar is a way for people to purchase a small section of a large solar array and have the energy generated from that solar panel applied to their utility bill. Now renters and people whose rooftops can’t sustain a solar array can finally go solar. Attend the kick-off workshop to learn about community shared solar and how you can host a community shared solar installation. The CB6 Sun For All Community Shared Solar Project will additionally serve as a pilot model for a broader program through the NYC Solar Partnership that aims to promote an equitable and self-sustaining solar market in pursuit of the city’s goal of installing 250 megawatts (MW) on private buildings by 2025.
Sustainable CUNY is actively seeking large commercial spaces to host a shared solar array. If you or someone you know owns over 10,000 square feet of roof, parking lot or open space in NYC, please submit it into our Gateway.
“Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun For All” is unique as it offers two opportunities for residents and business owners to participate: Community Shared Solar aimed at renters and those without a viable roof for solar; and Here Comes Solar, a group purchasing program. Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun for All is building upon the success of the 2015 NYSolar Smart Solarize Brooklyn CB6 campaign led by Sustainable CUNY where 26 contracts were signed, representing 141 kilowatts (kW) of power. Solarize or group purchasing programs utilize a tiered pricing structure, community educational events and outreach, and competitively-selected installers to reduce the installed cost of solar. As more residents sign on to go solar, the installed cost for all participants goes down.