MOOERS — North Country NYSEG customers will soon be able to receive reductions on their electric bills thanks to solar power.
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority announced nine community solar projects across the state as a part of the “Solar for All” program in December, with a project in Mooers among them.
The projects are part of a push toward providing solar power access to low-income New Yorkers.
“We wanted to be able to serve as much of the state as we could through the program, and this (Mooers) was the most competitive proposal we received in the North Country,” said Max Joel, NY-Sun team lead at NYSERDA.
The Mooers project will include between 600 and 700 low-income program participants once it’s up and running at 297 Boas Road in the Mooers Forks hamlet.
Delaware River Solar, a solar energy company based in New York City, got tapped to build the facility.
“We’ve had a lot of great interest,” Joel said. “We’ve now signed up over 1,000 residents statewide.”
He added that the Mooers power station is slated to be providing solar energy by this fall; only NYSEG customers can benefit from signing up, not those who get their electricity from National Grid.
NYSERDA plans to add more projects over the next year.
North Country residents can visit nyserda.ny.gov/solarforall or call 1-877-NYSMART to learn if they qualify for a possible $5 to $15 reduction on their monthly electric bills.
“There’s still available space in the program for any resident in the North Country who gets NYSEG electricity,” Joel said.
It’s not required that they live in Mooers.