Highlights from Buffalo Niagara’s past Solarize campaigns – working to make solar cheaper and easier for our region’s residents and businesses.
Since 2017, five Solarize Campaigns were successfully completed in Buffalo Niagara as part of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program. Through these campaigns over 750 residents inquired about the program, Over 200 Contracts to have solar installed were signed for an average system cost of $6,220 after incentives. These installations produce over 1.3 Megawatts of electricity reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 976 Metric Tons (CO2) annually! That’s the equivalent of reducing 1,067,644 pounds of burning coal, or the amount of pollution 1,149 acres of mature forest pull from the atmosphere annually.
Solarize Grand Island
Solarize Grand Island was led by the Town of Grand Island’s local government, working with a committee of community leaders and residents, and offered Western New York’s first Solarize Campaign to include information about Community Solar. The Town of Grand Island was able to help renters and town home owners sign up to a community solar development in light of their inability to purchase a solar array for their property. Residents could still access clean energy from a local solar farm located on Grand Island through Solarize Grand Island. The solar array on Grand Island is also part of NYSERDA’s Solar-for-All initiative to help low income New Yorkers access clean energy and reduce their monthly electric bill.
For more information about the Town of Grand Island’s Solarize Campaign contact Beverly Kinney at email@example.com
Solarize Lockport was led by the City of Lockport’s Department of Community Development in coordination with the City’s Building Department and the Greater Lockport Development Corporation. The City of Lockport waived electrical permitting fees for participants, and offered additional incentives for local veterans to save an additional $250 off their installations through the “Thank a Vet” program. Local non—residential property owners were also encouraged to leverage the City’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing benefit as a way to leverage the value of their properties to pay for energy related improvements.
For more information, please contact Brian Smith, Director of Planning and Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 439-6688
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
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
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