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NY-Sun Brings Solar to Your Community

Community Solar NY is a new effort under NY-Sun to make solar easier and more affordable through community-driven initiatives. 

Shared Renewables

The Shared Renewables initiative (also referred to as community distributed generation) provides opportunities for renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools, and businesses to join together to set up shared solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects resulting in healthier and stronger communities and solar for all. Each individual member’s production will appear as a credit on their monthly utility bill. The first phase of Shared Renewables will focus on promoting low-income customer participation and installations in areas of the power grid that can benefit most from local power production.

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Community Distributed Generation (Shared Renewables) webinar and presentation from 8/27/15

Solarize Your Community

NYSERDA is now accepting applications for Solarize campaigns launching in spring 2016! Solarize campaigns are locally organized community outreach efforts aimed at getting a critical mass of area homes and businesses to go solar. NYSERDA is supporting these efforts by providing technical assistance, marketing materials, and funding.

The following links are tools, tips, and resources to learn more, apply, and participate in a Solarize campaign. Email with questions about the program.

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Community Solar NY Solarize Webinar from 9.22 Video

General Information

Apply to be part of Solarize

Installer Request for Proposal (RFP)

Templates for Marketing Materials

Outreach Resources

Tips for Working with Media


K-Solar is a partnership with the New York Power Authority and NYSERDA in coordination with the State Education Department. K-Solar provides school districts — at no cost and no obligation — with the tools and expertise necessary to bring solar energy to their facilities and reduce their energy costs. Visit for more information.