Solar Energy

Communal Solar Options with PSEG - Renters, co-op/condo owners, business and homeowners all have an equal opportunity to save money without actually having the solar panels located on your roof through community solar. The energy produced by a large solar project is divided among multiple participating customers, saving everyone money. Private solar companies develop and construct community solar projectsand then residents can subscribe into a project to receive energy credits, which reduce the cost of their own PSEG Long Island electric bill. You can contact a community solar developer to inquire about participation in a project near you right here in Suffolk County! Explore your options here!

Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC) - This federal incentive allows homeowners to get a tax credit for 30% of the cost of their fully installed solar panel system. Expenses include the materials and labor. For example, if solar panels cost $10,000 to purchase and install, the credit will lower your tax bill by $3,000.

New York State Solar Equipment Tax Credit - Offers a 25% tax credit for fully installed solar panel systems and can be combined with the Federal Solar Tax Credit for even greater savings come tax season. Although there is a $5,000 limit on the credit, power purchase agreement (PPA) or leased systems are eligible (unlike with the ITC.) The tax credit is not refundable. In other words, if you don’t owe money when filing taxes, you cannot get the credit refunded to you. However, the credit can roll over for up to five years.

NY-SUN - Offers incentives and financing options to lower the cost of purchasing and installing solar at home.

PSEG Solar Plus Battery Storage– Solar panels produce energy all day whether you need it or not – and can produce a surplus of power. Technological advances in battery energy storage have made it an affordable option to store excess power instead of sending it into the energy grid in exchange for credits. By storing solar energy, you have more control over how and when you use it, with greater benefits than a solar PV system alone.

Everybody Solar – Everybody Solar helps protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects by providing solar power to local charities and not-for-profits that help reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve.

NYSERDA Affordable Solar and Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance – Provides grants up to $200,000 for the implementation and operation of solar and/or energy storage installations benefitting affordable housing and/or community-led solar installations that will offer benefits to low to moderate income households. Grant applicants may include multifamily affordable housing providers, community organizations or agencies, and technical service providers (such as in energy, legal, or finance) working in partnership with any of these entities.

Long Island Solar Road Map - The Long Island Solar Roadmap aims to advance deployment of mid- to large-scale solar power on Long Island in a way that minimizes environmental impacts, maximizes benefits to the region, and expands access to solar energy by identifying low-impact sites for commercial and utility-scale solar arrays and shows their energy generation potential.

NREL: Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) – Helps communities develop transformative approaches to adopting solar energy and seeks to overcome barriers to solar adoption by connecting teams of stakeholders that are pioneering new ideas with the resources they need to succeed. Teams develop their ideas in real-world contexts, yielding results that can unlock tomorrow's solar markets.

Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar – This homeowners guide will help you answer some of the following questions: How does solar work? Is my home suitable for solar panels? How do I start the process? How much power can I generate? Will I save money? Can I get financing? Are there additional state incentives? What will solar impact the resale value of my home? Is solar safe? What are the environmental benefits?

Re-volv – Through a Power Purchase Agreement or solar lease, RE-volv provides solar energy financing for community-serving nonprofits saving them on average 15% or more on their electricity bills across the country. As nonprofits pay back RE-volv, those payments are reinvested in their Solar Seed Fund, a one-of-a-kind, pay-it-forward revolving fund for solar for other nonprofits.

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) - A non-for-profit, not a solar installer or sales company, SUN’s Solar Help Desk can help you review installer proposals and answer questions like: How much will my solar system cost? Should I install a rooftop or ground mounted system? How can I finance my solar project? How do I choose an installer? What permits and approvals will I need? If you decide that you would like more support, SUN also offers consulting services. They’ll advise and advocate for you throughout the entire process and provide expert, vendor-neutral information to help you understand your options and compare proposals from solar installers.

Solar Energy: Workforce Development

Communities of Color Building Solar Capacity (CBSC) – This program is created by the People's Solar Energy Fund (PSEF), a cooperative of BIPOC and low income community organizations working together to build community-led, community-owned solar in their communities and offers training for local groups in "community-owned solar," along with mini-grants, staff support and exploration of project development in your community.

Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) - The national trade association for the solar and solar and storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar future through research, education and advocacy. SEIA fights for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Connect with apprenticeships in the solar industries here.

Solar Energy International (SEI) - With an aim to mitigate climate change, promote sustainable economic growth, and support energy independence, SEI has trained over 100,000+ solar professionals since its founding in 1991. The 6 hour introductory course is free while other more advanced and intensive multiweek online classes can cost between $695 to $895 each and could lead to certification programs in solar systems. Spanish courses are available.

Contact

August Ruckdeschel
Clean Energy Coordinator
ar2464@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x350

Last updated April 17, 2024