Solar Outreach from Northern New York Community Choice

Many communities in upstate New York are now part of an elective community program that allows residents to enjoy clean, energy-efficient and low-cost bills. What does it mean to vote? Everyone in those communities is automatically enrolled, but those who do not want to have a low energy bill can choose to opt out of the program at any time.

The program is run by the New York State-licensed first renewable energy fund, the Juliet Community. “Approximately 50% of all homes do not have solar panels,” Julie wrote on his website. Community Solar brings solar benefits – including guaranteed electricity bills – to homeowners, tenants and small businesses that do not have their own solar panels. In support of the local solar power plant, community solar subscribers will receive renewed electricity billing credits for the next generation from New York State Incentive Credits.

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Fingerprints Lakes Community Choice Program includes Geneva City and the villages of Brockport, Honey Allste and Lima. Brockport and Lima officially launched this week, attracting more than 3,800 households and small businesses. Over the next 25 years, their electricity bills will be reduced by up to 10%.

Those villages have partnered with six local community solar farms, which are expected to generate a total of 134.4 million kilowatt-hours of untapped electricity. As each farm begins to generate energy, residents registered for that farm begin to receive savings. Solar farms are expected to be operational in October 2021, with all residents covered in the spring of next year. All eligible residents will be automatically enrolled in the program without signing a contract, taking a loan screen, or installing solar panels in their homes. If a resident wishes to opt out of the program, they are free to do so at any time without penalty.

This structure allows municipal leaders to expand access to community solar services for all their representatives, including low- and middle-income residents who have not been able to benefit from traditional solar or community-based electricity supply programs due to state regulations. And socio-economic barriers. More than 200 of the 3,800 clients in the Finger Lakes Community Choice Solar Program are low-income families, and an estimated 300 are middle-income.

In addition to the Finger Lakes Community Choice Community Choice Solar Program, developed in New York for the next two years, it has launched a Community Choice electricity supply program that will provide residents and businesses with 100% renewable energy. State River Water Power. As a community sun, customers can opt out or opt out of a free electricity supply program at any time.

“Our mission is always to encourage municipalities to come up with their own energy supply. This infrastructure program will benefit almost every resident of Brockport and Lima, ”he said. “Unfortunately, the pending control proposal threatens future similar projects. If passed during the harvest season, the proposal will be submitted to the National Grid a facts To maximize renewable energy growth from the ground up, effectively control local energy in the community’s solar market only.

“Community Choices has always been our goal, and in partnership with Julie, we have a program that will ultimately help our residents with guaranteed savings and help New York achieve its clean energy goals,” said Lima Deputy Mayor John Vadach. “The fact that our residents have access to financial and environmental benefits without having to take action makes our efforts worthwhile. We hope that other municipalities will be able to make their voices heard and offer similar programs that will benefit their residents.

“Our representatives have reaped the financial benefits of community engagement on their own, and we look forward to the opportunity to participate in a community election program that will benefit many of our residents,” Brockport added. Mayor Margaret Blackman. “Community solar is the future of clean energy and it is important that municipalities play a significant role in making the community the sun in the process of serving their residents.

Opt-in opt-out

The Solar System for all seems like a community choice program, but there is one important difference. It requires people to register, and the Community Election Program covers everything from the very beginning. The difference may seem unnecessary, but to whom does the electricity market control?

Jule explains, “By participating in community solar, you are teaching your utility company to buy solar energy from a local solar farm. In fact, you want to add solar energy to the energy grid that corresponds to what you supply each year. By supporting a clean generation, you will receive a solar bill (usually up to 10%) that will reduce your electricity bill. Participating in community solar has no effect on your electricity supply, it only applies if the utility has purchased electricity.

The utility industry is desperate to control electricity supply. All of this is a result of policy decisions when electricity was still a new technology a hundred years ago. Communities did not want competition, which meant the exchange of many production facilities and poles and wires, and so it was decided to monopoly resources. They are not allowed to compete with each other, but in return they are guaranteed a certain amount of return on their investments.

With the advent of this policy, consumer companies want to impose their monopoly on any cost. The idea of ​​dealing with the output of local solar farms threatens that model, and local and regional governments create roadblocks with lobbyists. Some say that expanded solar may sound good to everyone, but it could only be an attractive feature of a program designed to strengthen national grid control in a dynamic market.

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