NYS is 95% of the way to reaching the 6 gigawatts goal by 2020

July 22, 2021

New York’s solar growth has climbed 2,100% since the NY-Sun initiative was launched in 2011. The cost of solar dropped 69% in that same period. Naturally, there are large global trends driving these results, but they are great for New York nonetheless. They’re also helping New York Governor Cuomo to easily approach his goal of six gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2025 — a mandate from the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. New York is 95% there when you look at projects that have already been installed and connected to the grid as well as projects that are currently under development. Four years to add the other 5% doesn’t seem too hard.

One of the great economic benefits is that this solar power growth has created 12,000 jobs across the state.

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New York is growing one of the strongest solar markets in the country!

July 19, 2021

HUDSON VALLEY – Governor Cuomo spent part of Tuesday touting his clean energy agenda with the announcement that three gigawatts of solar have been installed across the state, enough to power more than half a million homes.  Solar power has grown 2100 percent statewide since the initiative was unveiled in 2011, according to Cuomo’s office.  Unlike most building materials now, solar has decreased in cost by 69 percent in the same period.

Tuesday’s announcement was used by Cuomo to advertise that New York is growing one of the strongest solar markets in the country, according to his statement.  When combined with the projects that are under development, achieving this milestone represents 95 percent of Governor Cuomo’s goal to install six gigawatts of solar by 2025, as mandated in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

“The success of NY-Sun demonstrates we are on track to meeting our nation-leading energy goals while stimulating green job growth and economic recovery in communities across the state as part of our comprehensive plan to reimagine New York following the pandemic,” said Cuomo.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was dispatched to Bethel on Tuesday to carry Cuomo’s message with NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen Harris and Peggy Flannery, Principal at Generate Capital.  The three were at a ribbon-cutting for the largest community solar project in the Mid-Hudson region. The project, informally known as “17B”, located in the town of Bethel on the road leading to the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, was developed by Delaware River Solar and is owned by Generate Capital, which jointly manages the site. It includes a 6.1-megawatt solar array that will produce 7.8 million kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and is fully subscribed with 129 residences, small businesses, and non-profits. The project received over $1 million from NYSERDA through the NY-Sun initiative.

Assembly Member Aileen Gunther said, “I am happy to see that the largest community solar project in the Mid-Hudson Region has been completed in Bethel. The Town of Bethel has always been at the forefront of sustainability and green energy, and this project will help to advance New York State’s green energy goals.”  The lawmaker also said, “I look forward building upon this successful project and working to ensure that Sullivan County continues to lead the way to a cleaner and brighter future.”

Town of Bethel Supervisor Daniel Sturm said, “Bethel is proud to host this announcement of NYS’ accomplishments as a solar energy leader. This community solar array—the largest in the Mid-Hudson region—is an outgrowth of our town’s own leadership. In 2017, Bethel’s Town Board enacted a widely-praised solar energy law to encourage roof-top and ground-mounted solar installations while being protective of property rights and our area’s scenic beauty. And as both a Bronze-certified Climate Smart Community and designated Clean Energy Community, the Town of Bethel continues to work closely with NYSERDA on projects large and small to advance our own and the State’s sustainability goals.”

Community Solar & Energy Savings

March 05, 2021

Residents of New York State’s Central Hudson, Orange & Rockland, NYSEG, and the RGE utility territories can take advantage of no-risk community solar contracts.

Delaware River Solar offers one-year community solar subscriptions without long term commitments or cancellation fees providing the most efficient means for solar accessibility in New York.

DRS community solar farms bring green, renewable energy to residents and businesses while saving them money on their electric bills. The first DRS project, situated in beautiful Sullivan County, was completed in 2017/2018 and generates clean energy for many New Yorkers while saving them money on their electric bills. From 2018 through 2020 DRS built over 20 more projects and is currently building dozens more throughout the NYSEG and RGE electric service territories in New York. DRS also manages projects in Central Hudson and Orange & Rockland and customers in those utilities have an opportunity to participate in community solar and save on their electric bills as well. Residential customers receive a 10% discount on the power produced on their behalf each month. There are no added fees of any kind, only savings.

In addition to the clean, renewable energy and bill savings that community solar brings to area residents, each project provides additional revenue to the town, creates 30 plus construction jobs, and protects multiple acres of unused farmland for future use.

DRS plans to construct 10-20 new solar farms in 2021. Each solar project serves 300-1000 customers and offsets millions of pounds of carbon emissions annually. Solar development is a critical strategy in meeting New York’s State renewable energy initiative to provide 50% of the state’s energy needs with renewables by 2030. Residents have the ability to save with no-risk, no cost subscriptions. It’s a win-win for all. To reserve your spot and sign up, visit www.delawareriversolar.com or call 845-414-3491 with questions.


About Delaware River Solar

Delaware River Solar develops, builds, and operates community solar projects throughout New York State. Their mission is to expand solar energy to those that cannot or prefer not to host solar on their own property and to contribute to the state’s bold energy and climate goals. Delaware River Solar works with local landowners, governments, organizations, and residents to responsibly and effectively build solar projects that benefit the community. For more information, visit delawareriversolar.com.

Rosemond Road Solar Farm Is Live!

February 10, 2021

Fallsburg, NY: Construction on Delaware River Solar’s Rosemond Road community solar farm in Fallsburg, NY is complete, and live. Open space is available for NYSEG customers to sign up and save!


Residents of the NYSEG region can save money with no cost, no-risk community solar subscriptions through Delaware River Solar as part of New York State’s Renewal Energy Program. Community solar allows residents to enroll in a local, shared solar farm and see consistent savings on their electric bill – without paying any upfront costs or making any changes to their property. Customers receive solar credits on their utility bill and pay less for the solar power produced on their behalf. The Rosemond Road Solar Farm provides customers a 10% savings off their electricity, and its one-year, no cancellation fee agreement allows many area renters to participate in solar for the first time as well. 

Delaware River Solar is developing solar farms across New York State which interconnect directly with New York State Electric and Gas to provide clean, renewable, locally produced solar power to our community. Delaware River Solar also offers community solar discounts to customers in the RGE, Central Hudson, and Orange & Rockland electric utility territories. To learn more about Delaware River Solar or reserve your spot and signup, visit www.delawareriversolar.com or call 845-414-3491.

Energy Chat Series

November 03, 2020

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County will be hosting a live stream Energy Chat on  Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 12:00 noon on Facebook Live.  This seventh event of the series will feature Jackie Burke from Delaware River Solar who will discuss the benefits of subscription solar.  Get ready to save money on your electric bill using solar energy!


Go to @CCEDelawareHE to view this online event.  Energy Chat is funded through the Smart Energy Choices program by NYSERDA.  To get answers about solar, renewable heat, and energy efficiency contact a community energy advisor at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County at 607-865-6531 or vsd22@cornell.edu or go to www.smartenergychoices.org.

Community Solar coming to Fallsburg, NY

September 08, 2020

As Delaware River Solar is working hard on building community solar farms throughout NYS, progression on the tenth solar farm in Sullivan County NY is underway.

Delaware River Solar is building a 20-acre solar power farm that is currently under construction on Rosemond Road to bring solar energy and discounts to Fallsburg NYSEG customers.
According to Rich Winter, head of the project, most of the construction is expected to be completed by the end of October and will be “interconnected to the grid in 2020.”
The farm is expected to supply energy to approximately 400 homes while providing a ten percent credit on their electric bill.
The solar energy works by sending all the energy produced by the farm to the NYSEG grid. NYSEG will then credit Delaware River Solar for the value of that energy. Any resident who has subscribed to the solar farm will be given the credit “to offset their utility bill, and they are charged only 90 percent of the value of the credit/ hence saving 10 percent.

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New project in the Town of Bethel is underway

August 25, 2020

BETHEL — Another solar project is underway in the Town of Bethel, the first being the solar array on the former landfill. This time, Delaware River Solar (DRS) is constructing a 6.2-megawatt solar project along State Route 17B.
According to DRS CEO Rich Winter, the project, once completed and connected to New York Electric and Gas (NYSEG) power grid, could produce enough power for just under 1,000 homes.

According to DRS CEO Rich Winter, the project, once completed and connected to New York Electric and Gas (NYSEG) power grid, could produce enough power for just under 1,000 homes.
The population of the town, according to the latest U.S.

Census Bureau data, is around 4,255 people.
The solar array will be built at Peter Hofstee’s farm in Bethel along the same road that leads to the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.
This will be DRS’s 11th solar project in Sullivan County with additional solar arrays already up and running in the towns of Thompson, Callicoon, and Fallsburg.
Winter said the Bethel Route 17B project is expected to be completed by late 2020.
As mentioned, the other solar array in Bethel is being constructed on the defunct landfill. The Town of Bethel signed a 25-year lease agreement with BQ Energy, a solar company that develops renewable energy structures on brownfield sites.
On the 17B project, Bethel Town Supervisor Dan Sturm said, “It is great to see the new solar project on the Hofstee Farm on 17B getting started. I think it is the largest solar project in Sullivan County.”
Sturm said it would provide residents with a less expensive option for their home electricity.
Furthermore, Sturm added, “the solar project is in keeping with the town’s goals of going green and saving money doing it.”

For more information read the full article at www.scdemocratonline.com

DRS is Proud to Sponsor the DYC 2020 River Run

July 27, 2020

DRS is Proud to Sponsor the DYC 2020 River Run

Delaware River Solar is located in the heart of Callicoon, NY and is proud to once again sponsor the Delaware Youth Center River Run. The DYC offers year-round enjoyment for so many in the community and is such a local treasure. DRS appreciates all the hard work and dedication of the board and many volunteers who make the River Run such a success each year to help ensure the long term sustainability of the DYC programs and facilities. Thank you to the race team for a job well done!

DRS Announces 2020 Community Solar Projects

July 23, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce the construction start on our first two projects for 2020. These projects were slated to start construction earlier in the year, but given the phased reopening of construction in NY State, there was some delay. The first project is in Fallsburg, NY, and the second is in Bethel, NY.

These projects will serve over 1,000 NYSEG customers providing them with significant savings in terms of greenhouse gas emissions removed from the atmosphere as well as a 10% discount on the electricity produced. Delaware River Solar’s community solar projects are part of New York State Renewable Energy Vision to provide 50% of the state’s power from renewable energy by 2030. We’re proud to partner with NY State to make this a reality.

Enrollment for these projects is open. Community Solar is a great way for all NYSEG customers to participate in solar, even if you don’t have space or the right conditions on your own property. Community Solar is produced at the DRS solar farms and directly offloaded to NYSEG’s electric grid. Power is still delivered by NYSEG but with the adding benefit of knowing you are doing something good for the planet, the community, and your wallet.

To sign up, visit www.delawareriversolar.com, call 845-414-3491, or email sales@delawareriversolar.com and ask for a signup form. All new customers receive a $100 VISA gift card for signing up. Any existing customers who refer friends and neighbors will also receive $100 for each qualified referral.

DRS appreciates the opportunity to do business in Sullivan County and New York State and thanks all of our customers and everyone who has worked so hard to make Community Solar such a success!

Delaware River Solar is a local company based in Callicoon, NY that develops, builds, and operates community solar projects throughout New York State. Their mission is to expand solar energy to those that cannot or prefer not to host solar on their own property and to contribute to the state’s bold energy and climate goals by providing shared community solar, so everyone can benefit from solar power. Delaware River Solar has 19 projects in operation around the state in NYSEG and RG&E territories and currently serves over 5,000 customers!