(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Tuesday announced the City of Binghamton will take part in Solar for All, a New York State program that helps reduce the energy burden of low-income households by providing access to community solar subscriptions at no-cost. The City is locally leading the effort to encourage income-eligible residents to apply through the state’s Solar for All program and help lower their energy costs.

“Binghamton, a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community, has earned a reputation in recent years as a leader in sustainable initiatives, and by partnering with NYSERDA to promote Solar for All in our community, we’re proud to continue that trend,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “This program not only provides an opportunity to reduce the City’s carbon footprint by making solar energy accessible to more residents, it also offers income-eligible residents a valuable opportunity to save on their electricity bills and spend that money elsewhere.”

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Solar for All offers eligible low-income households the opportunity to subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees. The program increases access to solar for homeowners and renters who may not have ideal conditions to install solar panels at their location. Energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced by the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills.

Two workshops will be held where residents can learn more about the program.

  • March 12, 6:30 p.m., Jeffrey P. Kraham Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St. in Binghamton
  • March 23, 1:30 to 4 p.m., NoMa Community Center, 85 Walnut St. in Binghamton

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, NYSERDA is proud to be advancing the Solar for All program to ensure all New Yorkers are able to access and benefit from renewable energy sources like solar. We thank Mayor David and the City of Binghamton for their partnership on this effort and look forward to working with them to make solar a reality for more Binghamton residents.”

Solar for All is administered by NYSERDA under NY-Sun, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased more than 1,500 percent and leveraged nearly $3.5 billion in private investments. There are nearly 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.

Residents can sign up directly by visiting nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall, or can request a paper application by emailing solarforall@nyserda.ny.gov, or calling 1-877-NYSMART.

More information about Solar for All can be found by visiting nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall.

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