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Solar Power Announcement

Author: Thad Komorowski/Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Categories:

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Here comes the sun…and the savings!

            Eligible households can tap into the community solar power farm in their area to cut their electric costs. For Niagara County, the closest farms are on Grand Island and in Tonawanda.

            Participants in “Solar for All” receive a credit on their monthly electric bill for the energy produced by a community solar project. Participation is totally free – there are no upfront costs, fees, or payments of any kind.

            You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You live in New York State.
  • Pay your own electric bill to National Grid or NYSEG.
  • Earn less than 60 percent of the state median income. Check your household income at nyserda.ny.gov/solar-for-all-eligibility  to see if you qualify.

            If your household receives Temporary Assistance, SNAP benefits or HEAP, you should be eligible. A four-member household can earn up to $55,176 a year.

            No wires, no panels, and no hook-ups. Nothing changes at your address. Community solar allows you to benefit from solar power with no equipment required. Solar panels are installed at a community site (there’s one on Grand Island). Solar power is fed into the local power grid run by your utility. Each household in the program is allotted a certain amount of this clean energy to be applied as credits to the household electric bill.

            Because fossil fuel emissions are replaced by the clean energy, everybody wins!

            Please note that there are other solar farm businesses – such as Arcadia Power - that require payment for participation. Solar-for-All is run by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and requires no payment from the participant.

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