July 22nd, 2015
The Public Service Commission has approved a Community NET METERING order allowing for shared ownership of renewable energy systems, including remote and offsite transfer of energy credits. This could benefit municipalities and affinity groups, coupling with PACE-financing would distribute this beneficial document further. Limitations: <2MW AC, non-residential, produces credits, same ISO.
clean, distributed, community-based & cost-competitive; a wise choice for our heirs.
July 15th, 2015
PACE is an innovative and low-risk method to finance energy upgrades in existing housing-stock through property tax liens for fixed periods at municipal bond rates. PACE requires tax-authorities to accept senior-lien language and enrollment in EnergizeNY to provide cost/benefit analysis, upgrade/retrofit economics and process management. With a positive benefit ratio 100% financing building-stock transition with terms of up to 20 years. The assessment is carried by the building, balanced against the upgrades economic benefit, so the note is highly secure as it is transferable. Brilliant.
July 8th, 2015
Solarize is a DOE model for volunteer community sourcing and education on solar PV installation; panels, labor & BOS. Bulk-purchasing leverages the advantages and lowers the costs for all participants.
SolarizeAlbany.org is our NYSERDA-sponsored group, we just coordinated an agreement for $3.00/watt BEFORE INCENTIVES! These incentives are waning, yet still available to early implementers.