In 2017, three Solarize Campaigns were launched as part of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program. Through these campaigns over 520 residents inquired about the program, 143 Contracts to have solar installed were signed for an average net system cost of $6,527. These installations produce over 1,000,000 kWh of electricity reducing Western New York’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 747 Metric Tons (CO2) annually!
The Town of Amherst developed Western New York’s first Solarize Campaign in 2017, with the support from their Energy Conservation Citizens Advisory Committee and numerous community partners. Amherst offered a waiver of electric permitting fees for installations associated with their campaign which resulted in an additional $75 savings for every home owner that took advantage of the limited time Solarize Offering.
For more information, please contact Mike Delamere, Town of Amherst Energy Manager, at (716) 691-9771 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Solarize Tonawanda was an effort led by town government through the Planning and Development as well as numerous local businesses and organizations. Tonawanda’s campaign included a focus on Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) households. The Town offered income qualified residents a 0% interest deferred payment loan through their Planning and Development Department. This aspect of the program can still be accessed through Tonawanda’s Planning and Development Department.
For more information, please contact James Hartz, director of Community Development, at (716) 871-8847 or email@example.com
Solarize Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (WNYSBR)
This Campaign was supported by Erie County through the WNYSBR. With over 75 member businesses, the WNYSBR are changing the way they do business by optimizing their use of energy and materials, reducing waste and pollution while investing in their communities. This campaign encouraged employees of the energy conscious WNYSBR member businesses to take advantage of the limited time Solarize offering to reduce energy costs at home.
For more information, please contact Amy Alduino, WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable Coordinator, at (716) 858-4715 or Amy.Alduino@erie.gov