Monday, April 7, 2014

Solarize Troy

After a winter like this one, with natural gas prices spiking and electricity following suit, many people are looking at their options for savings on those costly bills. The timing couldn’t be better, because more than ever, citizens are empowered to cut those cords entirely. Solar has reached the point of “grid parity” where it can easily pay for itself and eventually will generate some extra income for homeowners. 

In New York State, there are currently many tax and other incentives that make the choice to go solar even easier. There are many ways people can get solar, from leases to power purchase agreements to outright purchasing, but all to often, the complexity and cost makes it difficult. 

This is why a group of solar professionals, architects, planners, and sustainability advocates in Troy has created a group called Solarize Troy, with a mission to facilitate the adoption of residential and commercial scale solar energy by leveraging collective purchasing power to reduce complexity and cost to property owners in Troy and Rensselaer County. 

Solarize is essentially a bulk purchase of solar equipment and installation services. By working together with several other households interested in buying solar, everyone can get better prices on better equipment. 

This process has been used successfully around the US to dramatically reduce cost, and make the process of going solar easier for homeowners. 

If you think you might be interested in getting solar on your house, whether as a group or on your own, Solarize Troy invites you to sign up here to be notified of upcoming presentations and developments with the program.

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