Solar Outreach Initiative
For three years, Catskill Mountainkeeper managed the successful Solar Outreach Initiative, a massive campaign that is made it easier and more affordable for nearly 800 homes and businesses in 15 New York counties go solar. 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. Read our report for more details on how we did it and our success.
The Initiative’s community-based education and outreach campaigns simplified and streamlined the consumer experience of going solar from start to finish, and its bulk purchasing programs significantly reduced costs for consumers and installers alike.
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.
Visit RenewableNY.org for more information.