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Benefits of Solar Power in New York

Benefits of Solar Power in New York

Community solar, plans began operation in the Empire State in 2015, and by 2022, it was the top market in the U.S. with more than one gigawatt installed across the state. With that momentum, the state could reach Gov. Hochul’s goal of achieving 10 gigawatts by 2030. This is in line with the state’s climate and clean energy initiatives, which strive for a transition to clean energy that’s affordable, creates jobs, and further mitigates climate change. Among those initiatives is the goal of achieving a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040.

While this form of clean enegy is a powerful tool in reducing greenhouse gases, it has other perks as well. New Yorkers, whether urban, suburban, or rural, have rapidly discovered the benefits of solar power. In fact, in 2021, community solar accounted for 70% of all solar installations across New York, far outnumbering rooftop? solar panels. What’s more, the state offers the Solar-for-All program to help lower-income households access the benefits of solar power, including affordable electricity.

If you’re curious but haven’t joined the wave yet, here’s what you need to know about the benefits of solar power, particularly community solar, in New York State.

Few or no upfront expenses. Community solar requires no financial input, unlike rooftop? solar panels. People can enroll without paying anything. Bonus: You don’t have to go through the headache of having panels installed on your roof.

Best renewable energy. Not only is it a good source of renewable energy, it reduces your carbon footprint because of the lowered greenhouse gas emissions.

Affordable electricity. Once you enroll, you’ll still receive an electric bill from your utility company—but it will also show the solar credits you earn as a subscriber to community solar. Those credits reduce the amount you pay overall. With Nautilus Solar, New Yorkers receive savings of 10% annually.

Doesn’t require a long-term commitment. Subscriptions to Nautilus Community Solar are free, and users can cancel anytime with no penalty. There’s no annual contract required. (Note that it may take up to 90 days for your utility to disconnect from the program.)

Support your community. Unlike fossil fuels that are brought in from far away, including from across the ocean, power from community solar comes from local solar farms. That means subscribing to it keeps your dollars in your community, because when you pay us, we pay the farmers. The benefits of solar power then spread across the local area in addition to providing you more affordable electricity.

Ready to learn more about the benefits of solar power in the Empire State? Reach out to us here.

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