Brooklyn CB6 participated in 2015 & 2016 Solarize campaigns.
Solarize campaigns are NYSERDA-funded, locally organized community outreach efforts aimed at getting a critical mass of area homes and businesses to go solar. NYSERDA supports these efforts by providing technical assistance, marketing materials, and funding.
Solarize programs reduces the cost of installing solar by leveraging the collective purchasing power of homeowners and small businesses in Brooklyn Community Board 6. People across the country are buying solar in bulk and saving money in the process, a classic ‘economy of scale’ that works on many levels. Solarize Brooklyn CB6 help guide groups of homeowners and small businesses as they purchase solar systems together from one of the two Installer Partners, who were selected via a competitively selected by Sustainable CUNY, CB6, and other partners. The benefits include both cost savings and programmatic support.
In 2015 we partnered with Sustainable CUNY’s NY Solar Smart to bring the Solarize Brooklyn CB6 campaign to our district.
Here are some metrics from our first campaign:
· 22 signed contracts representing 118.29 kW
· Nearly 100 people are still reviewing proposals
· >$670,750 Economic Impact
· $1.97/W below average residential price for CB6 zip codes
· Residences, multifamily buildings & businesses have all signed contracts
· We led 9 workshops with 325 attendees
Solarize Brooklyn CB6 was made possible through a partnership between the City University of New York’s NYSolar Smart Program and Brooklyn Community Board 6 as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II.
Solarize Brooklyn CB6 reduces the cost of installing solar by leveraging the collective purchasing power of homeowners and small businesses in Brooklyn Community Board 6. People across the country are buying solar in bulk and saving money in the process, a classic ‘economy of scale’ that works on many levels. Solarize Brooklyn CB6 will help guide groups of homeowners and small businesses as they purchase solar systems together from one of the two Installer Partners, who were selected via a competitively selected by Sustainable CUNY, CB6, and other partners. The benefits include both cost savings and programmatic support.
For example, a large portion of the cost of a residential system is the cost to installers of finding customers. Solarize Brooklyn CB6 will educate local residents and businesses about solar in community workshops and bring pre-screened customers directly to the program’s two Installer Partners. This allows the installers to pass the savings on to participants. Additionally, the support the group provides each participant makes it easier to evaluate quotes and to navigate permit requirements and incentive programs.
Solarize Brooklyn CB6’s Installer Partners offer five tiers of pricing, with the savings increasing as more people commit to the program. Each participant signs their own installation contract with the Partner Installer of their choosing. All participants who sign a contract with one of the two Installer Partners will receive the Solarize Discount applicable to that installer’s pricing tier reached at the close of the program. Participants can either purchase the solar electricity systems directly or enter into a $0-down loan, lease, or power purchase agreement (PPA). Under a lease or PPA, the installer will own, operate and maintain the system, while the homeowner agrees to purchase the solar power at a rate lower than power from the utility, allowing for immediate savings.
NYSolar Smart is a strategic effort led by the City University of New York (CUNY) that supports both Federal and State solar initiatives and works in partnership with more than 40 organizations representing utility companies, installers, government agencies and industry leaders to address the non-hardware or ‘soft costs’ of installing solar. Since 2006, CUNY has led the implementation of multiple state and federal solar grants and was awarded funding through DOE’s SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II to implement solutions to lower the soft costs of installing solar across New York State.
In 2016 we received a NYSERDA grant to build upon the success of our 2015 campaign. We partnered with Sustainable CUNY & Solar 1’s Here Comes Solar to run a campaign that organized a group purchasing group and promoted community shared solar.
The campaign has two projects:
- to promote neighbors to purchase solar arrays from one contractor to achieve economies of scale
- to promote the building of a “community shared solar” array where renters and others can purchase solar power
Results from our Solarize Brooklyn CB6 campaign coming soon.
“Since 2006 Sustainable CUNY has led the implementation of multiple U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) solar initiatives, working with the Mayor’s Office, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Con Edison, NYSERDA, NYPA and over 30 partners to strategically remove barriers to large scale solar deployment.”
Here Comes Solar, a project of Solar 1
“Here Comes Solar is a not-for-profit network that envisions a New York City where residential solar is accessible, affordable, and incredibly common. Neighborhood by neighborhood, we are working to make this vision a reality by helping homeowners and multifamily buildings realize their rooftop solar projects.”
“The ultimate goal of NY-Sun is the development of a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry in the State. To get there, NY-Sun has incentive programs that support solar projects for commercial and industrial companies, homes, multifamily buildings, small commercial, not-for-profit and municipal buildings. The K-Solar program helps schools install solar. The Affordable Solar program provides low-to-moderate income residents with assistance to develop solar projects. The Shared Solar program helps renters, residents who can’t put solar on their roofs, and others benefit from solar. The Solarize program helps communities buy in groups for the most competitive pricing.”
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