Program Reduces the Energy Burden of Low-Income Households
The City of Lockport has announced that it will lead a local effort through the state’s Solar for All program to encourage income-eligible residents to apply to receive a no-cost community solar subscription and help lower their energy costs.
Solar for All, a program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), offers eligible low-income households the opportunity to subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees. By enabling residents to subscribe to a local community solar project, these projects increase access to solar power for homeowners and renters who may not have ideal conditions to install solar panels at their location. Energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills.
“This is a great opportunity for residents to lower their monthly electric bills while also benefiting the environment by opting into utilizing electricity produced by a renewable resource,” said City of Lockport Mayor Michelle Roman.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, NYSERDA is proud to be expanding access to clean, renewable solar power through our Solar for All program,” said Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “We thank Mayor Roman and the City of Lockport for their partnership on this effort and look forward to working with them to make solar a reality for more Lockport residents.”
Solar for All is administered by NYSERDA under NY-Sun, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York state has increased more than 1,500 percent and leveraged nearly $3.5 billion in private investments. There are nearly 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.
More information about Solar for All can be found by visiting nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall.
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