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2018-06-13 / News

Community Shared Solar Program Explained

By Tom Coddington

SIDNEY ­— Delaware and Chenango county residents who are interested in solar power gathered at Awestruck Cider in Sidney on Wednesday. Adam Flint, director of Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) in Binghamton and Cindy Menges, director of Delaware River Solar (DRS) in Callicoon, explained their programs.

“We are trying to get clean communities in Delaware and Chenango counties, like we have in Broome County,” Flint explained. “Southern Tier Solar is launching its 2018 Community Shared Solar (CSS) ‘Solarize’ non-profit which offers discounted solar power to people who cannot or choose not to install solar at home. We are looking for feedback. We are partnering with DRS on this project.”

Almost anyone qualifies for discounted solar, including renters and low-incom residents.

“With Community Solar, there are no installation or maintenance fees,” Menges stated, “Those who sign up will receive 10 percent off their monthly electric bill from NYSEG. You have to be with NYSEG,” she remarked.

Those who attended received information about DRS, which explained that its mission is to expand solar energy production in New York state and offer clean, renewable, local power to anyone who wants it, without installing solar panels on your roof or property. It noted that people can subscribe to a community solar farm with DRS.

For more information on the program, visit www,southerntiersolarworks.org./css, email stswinfo@southerntierssolarworks.org or call 607-873-9220.

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