Shared Solar Win!

Shared Solar Win!

 

Solar energy has been on the rise for a while and it is becoming a major way to save money on the electricity you use in your household.

What solar does is becoming increasingly understood, there is one huge pitfall to the way the structure is around solar energy – it only benefits homeowners whose homes qualify for a solar panel.

So who’s getting left behind?

· Homeowners whose roofs do not face the correct direction
· People who rent

In a city like Buffalo, there are a high number of people who, by this virtue, are being left out of the energy savings of solar power. Here at PUSH Buffalo, it is our mission to identify when this is the case and bring the power to the people. Literally.

Community organizers and PUSH personnel has been working on a state-wide initiative to bring shared solar to our state. While details are still being hashed out, there has been some progress in shared solar which will allow for all those being left out of the solar game a chance to participate. There are ideas for a subscription model that would allow for an agency to own a solar panel and allow community members a chance to subscribe to the panel for energy credits. There is a co-operative model that would allow a group of homeowners to put their resources in a pot and benefit from a single panel.

For more information, you can call PUSH Buffalo or check the website for more information regarding the solar work as part of the Energy Democracy campaign. www.pushbuffalo.org

Solar panel is the wave of the future – we’re working hard to ensure that it’ll be there for all.

 


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