Solar Community Projects Gaining Momentum Across United States



Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the sun that is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies including solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, molten salt power plants, solar architecture, and artificial photosynthesis. As far as renewable energy is concerned, solar is extremely crucial to this sector.

Since solar is a sustainable form of energy, communities across the U.S. are actively searching for ways to boost their solar abilities and usage levels. In fact, as of 2016, more than 110 Community Solar Projects were operational in the U.S., with at least one project in more than half of U.S. states.

Unfortunately, approximately 85% of U.S. residents aren’t able to own or rent a solar system due to physical restrictions or various other reasons. Community Solar offers communities the chance to enjoy all the benefits of solar without breaking any property laws.

According to Solar Industry Magazine, a new Solar Community project is making its way to Seneca, New York.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Nexamp Inc. have announced the completion of a 2.6 MW community solar project in the Town of Seneca. 1 MW will be utilized to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in New York State Electric and Gas Corp.’s (NYSEG) utility territory. To put that in perspective, One thousand watt-hours equals 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh). Your utility bill usually shows what you are charged for the kilowatt-hours you use. Needless to say, this initiative will service many households.

“As New York builds on its aggressive efforts to combat climate change under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, NYSERDA is proud to be advancing the Solar for All program to make sure our most underserved homeowners and renters have greater access to renewable energy sources like solar,” said Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “Nexamp and other Solar for All developers continue to make solar a reality for more New Yorkers.”

Additionally, according to PA HomePage, a bill has been introduced that would enable Community Solar Projects across Pennsylvania.

House Bill 531 has bipartisan support and will allow residents and commercial businesses to subscribe to a portion of an off-site solar project and receive credit on their electric bill for the power produced — similar to if solar panels were actually on the roof.

“Not only will this bill protect our environment, but it will also spur on the state’s growing solar industry, through a newly opened market, by providing individuals with the investment opportunity to benefit from an extra revenue stream, while reducing both their energy cost and carbon footprint,” added Rep. Aaron Kaufer.

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