Powering Our Green Energy Future
Mountainkeeper’s RenewableNY program is helping transform the state’s energy landscape by demonstrating that a clean and prosperous future built around efficiency and renewables is well within reach.
The cornerstone of this program is the Solar Outreach Initiative, a massive new campaign that is making it easier and more affordable for people and businesses in 15 New York counties go solar. Early in 2015, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded a three-year $1.85 million dollar grant to Mountainkeeper and our partners at Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, Sustainable Hudson Valley, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County to launch this campaign, which is writing the book on how to role out community solar on a large-scale.
The Initiative’s community-based education and outreach campaigns simplify and streamline the consumer experience of going solar from start to finish, and its bulk purchasing programs significantly reduce costs for consumers and installers alike. Another component is a comprehensive on-the-job-training and job development program that should create 134 new clean energy jobs.
Overall, this Initiative is expected to save participating consumers $500,000 in energy costs each year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 496 metric tons annually. This work aligns with Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a next generation energy system that is clean, resilient, and affordable for all New Yorkers, and Mountainkeeper is proud to help lead in transitioning to a clean energy future.
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