No matter what your circumstances- own or rent, sun or no sun, extra cash or not- there is a way you can use renewable energy for your electricity. Typically people see the most benefit from on-site solar (most tax benefits), then community solar (some tax benefits), then ESCOs (no tax benefits). We hope everyone will take advantage of one of the options below.
- Buy or lease solar panels to put on your home or property. This is the best option if your site allows and you have money to invest. You will save the most money doing this.
- Buy or lease solar panels from a solar farm/community solar. This is a good option if your home does not have enough sun exposure, or you do not want the panels on your home.
- Contract with an ESCO (Electric Supply Company) to supply renewable energy to your utility in your name. This is a good option if you cannot install solar panels at your home, there is no community solar available to you, you do not have money to invest and/or do not want to borrow money.
- High Peaks Solar, 518-209-6727, 180 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, NY 12198, firstname.lastname@example.org Sale model only
- Hudson Solar, (866) 452-7652, 125 Wolf Road Suite 301, Albany, NY 12205 http://hudsonsolar.com/contact/contact-us/ Mostly ownership model. Some leasing possibilities. Roof most types), mount, pole or ground
- Apex Solar, 518.309.2786, 64 Main St, Queensbury, NY 12804,
email@example.com Ownership model. Financing options available.
Solar City (which is now owned by Tesla), has options to lease the solar panels they put on your home. This avoids large upfront costs. Aaron.Hanson@solarcity.com, 573-355-4663, 3 Sam Stratton Amsterdam NY
Monolith Solar, 444 Washington St., Rensselaer, NY 12144 (518) 444-2044 firstname.lastname@example.org,
Seed Solar and Engineering, email@example.com, 518-253-6851, 405 Jordan Road Troy, NY 12180
Lotus Solar, choppy@LotusSolar.com, 518-369-1521, 98 Green Street, Hudson, NY 12534
PlugPV Solar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 914-475-1395, 38 Yardboro Ave. Albany, NY 12205
Description of what’s involved in installing solar panels
In 2017, most homeowners are paying between $2.87 and $3.85 per watt to install solar, and the average gross cost of solar panels before tax credits is $16,800. Using the U.S, average for system size at 5 kW (5000 watts), solar panel cost will range from $10,045 to $13,475 (after tax credits).
That’s nine percent lower than it was a year ago, and solar panel system costs are continuing to fall. However, to really understand what a single solar panel will cost and what a complete solar system will cost, it’s important to compare prices quoted to homeowners in your area – total costs can vary depending on the state that you live in.
Under the CSA ownership model, customers can purchase a minimum of 3 solar panels in the CSA, or as many as they want or need, up to the quantity necessary to offset 100% of their demonstrated annual electricity usage. Customers who move will be able to take the monthly bill credits with them to their new home or apartment. They can also sell the panels, give them to family or friends, or donate them to a charity if they move out of their utility’s service territory.
New York State set up this program so everyone could save on their electric bills. So the next question is, how much could someone save with community solar? Looking at it one way, a residential electric customer could do nothing and just pay the utility $25,000 for electricity over the next 25 years. Or they could invest about $10,000 in solar panels in a CSA and spend next to nothing on electricity.
- Monolith Solar, 444 Washington St, Rensselaer, NY 12144, email@example.com, (518) 444-2044, monolithsolar.com/gosolar Currently on line and selling panels. Offering ownership and PPA (Power Purchase Agreement: 10% discount on current electric bill) models.
- Hudson Solar at CSA@hudsonsolar.com http://hudsonsolar.com/, (866) 452-7652, Currently on line- in Clermont, NY- . Ownership model. Financing options. Almost full. Currently seeking other host sites.
- High Peaks Solar, 518-209-6727 firstname.lastname@example.org, 180 Main Avenue
Wynantskill, NY 12198, highpeakssolar.com. Building a solar farm in Brunswick. Taking applications. Two options: PPA, Power Purchase Agreement- Paid monthly for 5 years. 20% less than National Grid. Pay once for 20 years. Customer does not get the tax credits. 9/2018 projected on line.
- Monolith Solar, 444 Washington St, Rensselaer, NY 12144, email@example.com, (518) 444-2044, Taking applications now and hoping to be on line by the summer of 2018. Offering ownership and PPA (10% discount on current electric bill) models
Community Solar Presentation
by Hudson Solar
at the Colonie Library : William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, New York 12211
Hudson Solar will explain the different sections of an electric bill to help you understand what portions of your bill can be eliminated by going solar. Presented by Alan Waters, Garrett Lee, and Greta Noble from Hudson Solar. Presentation will take place in the Stedman Room of the library.
Registration is required: https://colonielibrary.libcal.com/event/3827171?&hs=a
Adapted from: https://energy.gov/energysaver/buying-clean-electricity
In New York you have the option to purchase renewable electricity, either directly from your power supplier, or from an independent clean power generator.
You can buy clean power through one or more of the following programs:
Some power companies provide an optional service, called green pricing, that allows customers to pay a small premium in exchange for electricity generated from clean, renewable (“green”) energy sources. The premium covers the increased costs incurred by the power provider (i.e., electric utility) when adding renewable energy to its power generation mix.
Competitive Electricity Markets
In some parts of the country, you can choose not only how your electricity is generated, but also who generates it. Just as the long-distance telephone industry was restructured, certain states have restructured their electricity industry in order to allow competition among electricity generators. In some of these states, clean power generators, who specialize in producing electricity using renewable sources, are taking advantage of the restructured market to sell clean power products to residential, commercial, and wholesale customers. Some default suppliers are also teaming with these competitive marketers to offer more green power options.
Initially efforts to sell clean power were aimed at consumers who would choose to pay slightly more for renewable energy products and services that reflect their environmental values. The small premium they pay offsets the additional costs power companies incur in purchasing and/or generating electricity from renewable sources. Today some companies offer competitive pricing to your electric utility.
There are many Electric Supply Companies (ESCOs). Look for ones that offer all renewable energy, that have a fixed rate and that have no cancellation fees. Look carefully at the offers. And check the price on an annual schedule. Some companies start you at a low rate and then raise the rate in a way that most of us don’t see. Here are three I’ve heard good things about.
Clean Choice– a little more expensive, but the company deals only with renewables.
Green Mountain Energy– a little less expensive. They are a renewable division of a larger fossil fuel company.
Acadia Power Company
Click here for a comparison of some suppliers http://callmepower.com/ny/suppliers/reviews