NY-Sun (Solar Initiative)

Program Name: NY-Sun (Solar Initiative)
Program Sponsor: NYSERDA (State)
Program Type:          Rebates/Incentives
Technology:               Renewable Energy Systems
Eligibility:                        Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations
Cost:                        Free

Description

NY-Sun is a public-private partnership. NY-Sun proposes to grow the solar industry and make solar technology more affordable for all New Yorkers. Community solar offers local and clean energy that can often offset a greater portion of the business’s electric bill with predictable rates and terms without the business having to install solar. Community solar is a collective array of panels installed in an offsite location, which produces energy. Almost anyone in the area can access it and receive credits toward their electric bills.

Benefits of Community Solar:

  • The ability to go solar without having to install anything on your property
  • Save money on the electric bill
  • The support of clean, locally generated power
  • The pay-as-you-go with subscription options (if available).

Eligibility

To be a part of a community solar project, your business just needs to have an account with an electric utility.

How the Program Works

  • Find a community solar project in your area and ask about rates and subscription plans
  • Subscribe to a plan that works for your business
  • Save. Electricity will still be delivered by the utility, and your business will be credited for its portion of the community solar project right on the electric bill.

Homes and businesses taking part in community solar are often called members, and community solar developers determine which plans are available to their projects’ members. The most common options available are below.

Subscription plans are more common. Their benefits include:

  • Little to no up-front costs
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Shorter term options

Purchase plans include benefits such as:

  • Ownership of panels at the community solar project site
  • Availability of financing options
  • Greater potential savings over time
  • Ability to take advantage of tax credits.

NY-Sun has the expertise to help your business make the switch to solar. There are several resources such as:

For further information, visit NYSERDA’s Commercial Solar Incentives and Financing webpage.

 Contact Information

NYSERDA
(866) 697-3732
communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov