BeEmpowered Before the Snow Flies

October 08, 2019

Contact: Eileen Hanrahan, 607-366-0833, eeh85@cornell.edu

 

BeEmpowered Before the Snow Flies!

Clean energy workshops to be held across the region this fall

 

This fall, Southern Tier residents will have the opportunity to ‘BeEmpowered’ to make informed decisions about their home’s energy usage at four workshops in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, and Chemung Counties. Participants will learn useful energy saving tips and hear about opportunities to reduce their utility bills and make their homes safer and more comfortable while contributing to a healthier environment.

 

Participants will learn about current New York State and  Federal Incentives for home energy assessments, solar energy options, and air and ground source heat pumps. Questions about energy services companies (ESCOs) – providers of electricity distributed by NYSEG –  will also be addressed.

 

Refreshments will be available, and a raffle for a door prize will take place.

 

WHAT

Clean energy workshops addressing a range of affordable energy efficiency options for your home.

 

WHO

Eileen Hanrahan, Community Energy Advisor, Cornell Co-Op Extension

Gerri Wiley, Energy Navigator; HeatSmart Southern Tier

Hailley Delisle, Assistant Director of Clean Energy Programs, HeatSmart Southern Tier

Lisa Marshall, Program Coordinator; HeatSmart Tompkins

Wendy Barnum, Sales Manager, ETM Solar Works

Jackie Burke, Community Outreach Coordinator, Delaware River Solar

 

WHEN & WHERE

Broome County

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St. Binghamton, NY 13901

 

Tioga County

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Hubbard Auditorium 2nd floor, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main St, Owego, NY 13827

 

Chemung County

Monday, November 4, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple St, Big Flats, NY 14814

 

Chenango County

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court St, Norwich, NY 13815

 

October is National Energy Action Month, a great time to start reducing your energy waste. According to The Environmental Defense Fund, “Americans spend $350 billion a year on electricity – with three-quarters of the energy going to waste”.  Energy efficiency means that you are optimally using the energy in your home and not wasting it. You don’t have air leaking around windows, your furnace is operating efficiently, and you don’t have warm air escaping from lower floors out through the roof. When your home is energy efficient you aren’t wasting money on your electric and heating bills, you are using exactly what you need and no more.

 

New York State Electric & Gas Corp. is seeking a rate increase that would raise the average monthly bill for its electric customers by more than $10 a month. If approved the proposed rate increase would take effect on April 2020.

 

Each presenter will provide information to help participants become energy efficient and save money on their utility bills.

 

ABOUT

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Community Energy Advisors

Community Energy Advisors help residents, businesses and multifamily building owners reduce their energy use and energy costs and make informed energy decisions. In partnership with NYSERDA, they are dedicated to helping residents save money, live and work more comfortably and connect to NYS renewable energy incentive programs.

 

HeatSmart Southern Tier and HeatSmart Tompkins

HeatSmart is an NYSERDA-funded community outreach program hosting by the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition that connects you to local heating and cooling experts who offer the latest energy-efficient technologies. For our community to become sustainable, we need to shift to a more sustainable energy source. We help residences and businesses alike to become more energy-efficient, clean, and energy independent. Visit heatsmartsoutherntier.org for more information or to enroll for a free assessment.

 

ETM Solar Works

Since 1988, ETM Solar Works has installed over 2 megawatts of solar panels in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. That’s enough to power 2000 homes! More recently, we have branched out to do even more in terms of sustainability, including offering ductless heating and cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, battery storage solutions, and permeable pavement.

 

Delaware River Solar

Delaware River Solar is a solar company focused on building community solar projects throughout New York State. Our community solar farms bring green, renewable energy to residents and businesses while saving them money on their electric bills. We are currently building over 40 community solar farms throughout the NYSEG and RGE electric service territories in Western and Upstate New York through 2019 and 2020.

Sunny savings on community solar sign-ups.

August 22, 2019

Times Herold Record

“Solar farms are mushrooming. For NYSEG customers, DRS has 14 solar farms, totaling 39.4 megawatts, either completed or in some stage of development, for 5,450 households.”

Full article at https://www.recordonline.com/news/20190821/sunny-savings-await-solar-farm-sign-ups?rssfeed=true

Until the sun goes down

August 14, 2019

Until the sun goes down!

Busy at work, Delaware River Solar continues to plug along building large scale community solar farms across New York State. DRS is servicing New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) along with Rochester Gas and Electric (RGE) to provide locally produced, clean energy to communities.

Summer has been a busy time for the Delaware River Solar team. Fair season has been in full effect and the team has been available to answer questions on community solar and to sign people up until the sun goes down at the:

  • Chemung County Fair from July 30-August 4th.
  • Delaware County Fair from August 12-17th in the commercial tent
  • Grahamsville Little World’s Fair Aug 16-18th.

Stop by to visit our table at any of these events and learn how you can make a difference in your community and receive your sign up bonus.

Community solar allows residents to switch to clean, local energy, see savings on their electric bill, pay no upfront costs, and make no changes to their property.  Projects are being built in Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Sullivan, Tompkins, Clinton, Monroe, and surrounding counties. Each farm serves between 400-1000 customers and offsets 5-10 million pounds of carbon emissions annually. This is huge and is a critical strategy for meeting New York State’s renewable energy initiative to provide 50% of the state’s energy needs with renewables by 2030.

Delaware River Solar strives to provide local, clean, renewable energy at no cost to the customer with an honest approach. 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, please call 845-414-3491 or go to the website at www.delawareriversolar.com.

Delaware River Solar & Pakatakan Farmers Market team up for special customer promotion

Delaware River Solar and the Pakatakan farmers market decided to collaborate and offer a special customer promotion allowing the market patrons to sign up and receive market tokens upon completion. Delaware River Solar also pledged to give back an additional $50 to the Round Barn Roof Replacement fund for every sign-up.

READ MORE ON PAGE 9

Soaring in solar development

July 22, 2019

Delaware River Solar is soaring in the development of community solar farms in New York State. These solar farms provide clean, locally produced solar energy for customers who can sign up receive a 10% savings off their electric rate.

Construction on upcoming projects is in full swing with each 2-megawatt project serving approximately 400 homes and businesses while also removing 5 million pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere every single year. In total there are six projects currently under construction:

  1. Burritt Road in Hilton, NY – 2 MW project – SOLD OUT
  2. Washington Street in Spencerport, NY – 6 MW project – OPEN ENROLLMENT
  3. Wood Oak Drive project in Narrowsburg, NY – 2 MW project – SOLD OUT
  4. Kelly Bridge project in Liberty, NY- 2 MW project – SOLD OUT.
  5. Villa Roma Road project in Callicoon, NY – (4) 2 MW projects. Villa 1 &2 – SOLD OUT. Villa 3 & 4 – OPEN ENROLLMENT
  6. Gaskill Road in Owego, NY – 5MW project – OPEN ENROLLMENT (Almost Full)

In total, these projects will save residents over $200,000 and eliminate over 60 million pounds of carbon emissions EVERY year. Delaware River Solar is building community solar projects as part of New York State’s Renewable Energy Vision and goal of 50% renewables by 2030. Community solar allows residents to enroll in a local, shared solar array and see consistent savings on their electric bill without paying any upfront costs or making any changes to their property. Homeowners, businesses, and renters can participate without fear of getting stuck with a contract or solar panels that they can’t take with them if they move. There is no cost to participate, only savings, and customers are free to cancel at any time with absolutely no cost. It’s a no brainer!

Residents can save with no-risk, no-cost subscriptions. To reserve your spot and sign up, call 845-414-3491 or visit www.delawareriversolar.com.

Community Solar is booming in NY!

June 27, 2019

Community Solar is booming in New York! Delaware River Solar (DRS) is developing solar farms across New York State which interconnect directly with New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RGE) to provide clean, locally produced solar power to communities.

Kelly Bridge Rd-Liberty, NY

Community solar allows residents to enroll in a local, shared solar array and see consistent savings on their electric bill without paying any upfront costs or making any changes to their property. DRS customers pay 10% less than the utility’s KWH rate for the power produced on the customer’s behalf each month. DRS projects such as Gaskill Road in Owego, Kelly Bridge Road in Liberty, Wood Oak Lane in Narrowsburg, and Villa Roma Road in Callicoon will serve over 3,000 households across New York State. Homeowners, businesses, and renters can participate without fear of getting stuck with a contract that they can’t take with them if they move. There is no cost to participate, only savings, and customers are free to cancel at any time with absolutely no cost. It’s a no brainer!

Wood Oak Drive-Narrowsburg, NY

Kelly Bridge and Wood Oak are 2-megawatt projects each and are already full.  Gaskill is a 5-megawatt project that is still accepting signups but is almost full. Villa Roma Road is an 8-megawatt project (four 2 MW projects) and signups are currently being accepted. Customers are allocated to the first project that completes for which they are eligible. These projects are all planned for completion in 2019.

Gaskill Rd-Owego, NY

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

Each 2MW solar farm serves 300-400 homes and businesses and saves 5 million 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 can save with no-risk, no cost subscriptions. It’s a win-win for all. To reserve your spot and sign up, call 845-414-3491 or visit www.delawareriversolar.com.

Villa Roma Rd-Callicoon, NY