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Got shade? Rent? Local solar forum to offer solutions

Community-based programs can extend solar power to non-traditional customers

John Ferro — Poughkeepsie Journal — June 18, 2016

Purchasing solar panels isn’t always an option for those who want them.

Homeowners with shaded roofs and renters face obstacles others don’t.

But for them there are other options, many of which will be the focus of a forum to be held Tuesday in Poughkeepsie.

The forum, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’s Environment and Energy Program, will offer an overview of community-based and shared solar options, including case studies of how the programs are being implemented in Hudson Valley communities.

“Community or ‘shared’ solar can be defined as a solar-electric system that provides power and is owned by multiple community members,” said Erica Blatt of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.

The forum will include information for a variety of audiences, including municipal, residential, business and agricultural.

And attendees will also have the option to sign up for a soon-to-expire state-supported campaign to provide information and discounts for solar power.

The campaign — Solarize Hudson Valley — offers a minimum 10 percent discount on solar contracts to anyone who engages in the process by June 30.

The Solarize program also offers free residential and commercial solar site assessments.

Those who cannot attend the forum can sign up for Solarize through its website, solarize-hudsonvalley.org.

John Ferro: 845-437-4816, jferro@poughkeepsiejournal.com, Twitter: @PoJoEnviro

If you go:

What: Forum on community-based options for shared solar

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 21

Where: Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie

Cost: The program is free. Register online at http://communityandsharedsolar.eventbrite.com  

Info: Contact Erica Blatt at 845-677-8223, Ext. 148, or via email at eb566@cornell.edu

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