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$3.6m for low income residents get affordable energy in New York

Solar New YorkGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $3.6 million in funding is available to increase access to solar energy in low- to moderate-income communities across the state.

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The funding will help affordable housing providers and community organizations overcome barriers they often face in advancing solar and clean energy projects.

Solar energy helps New York meet its nation-leading Clean Energy Standard for 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Expanding this renewable energy source will also help New York reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.

Multiple barriers unique to serving low to moderate income communities can delay the progress of solar projects, including financing, procurement, marketing and customer outreach, and other components necessary for successful project development.

Community organizations and affordable housing providers are critical partners in developing solutions to these barriers and achieving access to solar for LMI households.

However, these entities often lack the financial resources, solar market experience or staff capacity to bring a solar project from concept to operation.

This funding opportunity aims to fill this gap ​by providing these on-the-ground allies with the resources they need to get solar projects off the ground and delivering clean power where it matters most.


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