Thursday, June 23, 2011

Solar panel leasing for Rochester?


We are hearing about some movement in Solar Power for the Rochester, NY area. Not much, compared with the mad rush to frack for natural gas near our borders and put our water in jeopardy and kick up more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Because our county won’t give the solar industry the kind of tax breaks it gives the oil industry (in the billions) we have to hunt and peck for those breaks that do exist for renewable power, like solar power, around here. We just caught this message about a limited program where Solar Liberty’ will install a 25 kW system for no money down and lease it to the organization for $100 a month (for 15 years) with guaranteed savings over previous bills.” Nonprofit Solar Lease

And there is a major incentive by NYSERDA to replace electric hot water systems with solar hot water systems:

NYSERDA - Press Releases - February 17, 2011 “NYSERDA Launches New York State’s First Solar Thermal Incentive Program to Spur Replacement of Electric Hot Water Systems with Solar Hot Water Systems 5-Year, $25 Million Program to Help State Move Toward Renewable Energy Goals To help New York State increase its use of renewable energy, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched the state’s first incentive program for solar thermal systems, which produce hot water from solar power.” New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

According to this story, solar leasing may be coming to Rochester, NY:

Lease options brighten prospects for solar panel market | The Ithaca Journal | Amid a booming U.S. solar market, more homeowners are able to lease rooftop panels -- some with no upfront costs -- and pay only for the power produced. A large provider, SolarCity, of San Mateo, Calif., announces this week a new lease option in which customers can "pick their price" in going solar: paying either nothing upfront with higher monthly fees or more initially and less monthly. To finance installations in 7,000 to 9,000 homes, Google is creating a $280 million fund. The biggest limitation is geography. Each company is offering leases only in certain states that offer financial incentives and have relatively high utility rates. Among the states, collectively, are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas. (June 19, 2011) The Ithaca Journal | Ithaca news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Ithaca, New York |

At all sounds very grand and I hope we get renewable energy in enough quantities to do any good towards Climate Change. This program by the Sierra Club, though only for California at this point, may be just the ticket: Sierra Club: Go Solar with the Sierra Club “Join the solar movement with the Sierra Club. It's good for the planet, good for the Sierra Club, and good for you. Go solar today!” Here’s a description of the program: Every Rooftop Matters

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