Sustainable Westchester Introduces

COMMUNITY SOLAR

Save Money, Go Green with Solar – Now Accessible To Everyone!

For Mount Kisco

For Everyone Else

Community Solar Launch!

Solar Benefits for All

Going Solar the Easy Way!

Community Solar allows all utility customers – homeowners, renters, businesses, non-profits and municipalities – to easily participate in solar regardless of their ability to install a solar array on their own property. 

  • SAVINGS ON YOUR ELECTRIC BILL
  • NO solar installation on your property
  • Support LOCAL RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • No cost to join
  • No cancellation fees

For Mount Kisco

For Everyone Else

Frequently Asked Questions

You can offset up to 100% of your total electric bill with community solar. You will be charged a discounted rate for utility bill credits you receive. If the community solar project you enroll in provides a 10% discount, your savings will be close to 10% of your total annual electricity bill.

The solar project generates electricity throughout the year, and each month, members will receive their portion of the electricity in the form of bill credits which will offset charges on their electric bill. After the credits offset your electric bill, subscribers pay the project host for the credits at a discount. As solar production varies seasonally, more bill credits are likely to be received during the summer when production is highest. Excess bill credits during times of peak production can be applied to future electric bills.

Yes, your current electric service will not be interrupted and you will still receive your electricity from the utility as you do now.

Homeowners, renters, non-profits, and many businesses with an active utility account can participate. Participating members must be located in the same utility territory (e.g. ConEd or NYSEG) as the solar installation.

When you sign up through Solarize Westchester, your name will be added to a list of interested people – we’ll alert you about new community solar opportunities as soon as they are available

Yes! Westchester Power and ESCOs offer electric supply. Community solar provides bill credits, not supply.

Who do I contact with questions about community solar and how it works or questions about the enrollment process?
Please call Sustainable Westchester at 914-242-4725 or email our Community Solar Director, Nina Orville at Nina@AbundantEfficiency.com.

In order to complete registration, you will need your utility account number, your ACH payment information (debit account number and routing number), and a few minutes of your time. Please note that some community solar opportunities require a soft credit check prior to verifying your enrollment – you may be required to provide your birthday for those. If a credit check is required for a project, that requirement will be noted in the description before you begin the enrollment process.

Most solar developers require ACH for payment to lower transaction costs and increase security. Your payment details will be secured on a Citibank server and will not be accessible to anyone involved in managing this project.

Yes! Community solar projects provide local jobs and financial savings on community members’ electricity bills – keeping more cash within your community. In addition, they reduce the amount of energy required from nuclear and fossil fuel plants, improving our energy security, and air quality.

  • In the News

The Examiner News, May 10, 2019, Mount Kisco to Begin Registration for Municipal Solar Project (link)

“Sunrise Solar Solutions wins new religious-focused Solarize contract in New York,” Solar Power World, April 24, 2019 (link)

“Hudson Valley Presbyterian churches get big break to go solar,” LoHud.com, March 26, 2018 (link)

“Solarize Pelham Workshop Held on March 28th, Additional Workshops Planned on April 26h and May 5th,” The Pelhams PLUS (link)

“Governor Cuomo Announces 850 Solar Projects Across New York State Through Second Round of Solarize Campaign,” August 3, 2017  (link)

“Solarize campaign off to a hot start,” Record Review, April 14, 2017  (link)

“Towns to hold solar program launch events,” Record Review, March 3, 2017  (link)

“Solarize Westchester: Almost 400 homeowners, businesses go solar,” Westchester Business Journal, April 26, 2016  (link)

“Update: Solarize Westchester helps 200 homes add more panels,” Journal News, April 22, 2016  (link)

” ‘Last Call’ Issued for Somers Solar Energy Sign-up,” The Somers Record, Mar. 1, 2016  (link)

“Going green to save green: Resident explains why he’s taking advantage of Solarize Rye Brook”, Westmore News, January 22, 2016.  (link)

“Six Westchester communities picked for solar campaign,” Journal News, Oct. 15, 2015 (print edition, Oct. 14 digital)  (link)

Solar Panel Westchester Sign-up Picks Up Speed [Print edition: Solar Catches On]  (link)

Solar Efforts Take Shape in Mamaroneck  (link)

Workshop Highlights Rooftop Solar Benefits  (link)

Solarize Westchester Helps Make Sense of Solar  (link)

Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson Kick Off Unique Solar Discount Program  (link)

Town of Ossining, Villages of Ossining & Briarcliff Manor Selected for Unique Solar Program  (link)

Solarize Westchester Announces Communities Selected for Unique Solar Power Program (Press Release)  (link)

Solarize Westchester To Strengthen Downstate Market for Solar Power, Launch Held September 4 (Press Release)  (link)

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