Monday, May 11, 2015

Solarize Program To Foster Solar Power Expansion

solar panels at Shaheens Motel in Tupper LakeThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will be working in partnership with the Village of Canton, First Nation Akwesasne and communities in the Tri-Lakes region to take part in Community Solar NY, a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses.

The three Solarize programs will kick off with workshops the first week of June, where residents and business owners can learn about the program. Locations and dates will be announced shortly.

This round of NYS Solarize campaigns are supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative. NY-Sun will invest up to $1 billion in solar power through 2023 to expand significantly the number solar installations across the State, ultimately enabling New York’s solar industry to become self-sustaining.

To learn more about Solarize, contact Jennifer Perry at ANCA: 518.891.6200, jperry@adirondack.org.

Photo: Solar panels at Shaheen’s Motel in Tupper Lake.

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One Response

  1. Mark Bergman says:

    Homeowners considering installing solar should consider the impact on resale. Solar in and of itself does not have a clear impact on value. A solar array may increase value, decrease value or have minimal impact.
    The important issue is to consider the financing method. Solar installations offered with no down payment may be a 20+ year lease with a lien on the home. This means that the lease goes with the home. When selling the home, the homeowner must be prepared to pay off the lease or the buyer must be willing to takeover the lease payments. This scenario has scuttled more than one sale.
    I am a proponent of renewable energy sources and sustainable living, but any homeowner who plans to sell install solar and may want to sell their home during the financing/leasing period must carefully consider the financial impact.