Community Solar

Community solar enables community members (subscribers) to participate in a share of a renewable energy project.  Subscribers receive credits on their bill for their portion of the energy produced by the community solar system.  This allows individuals, small businesses, and/or non-profit organizations to receive direct benefits, similar to on-site solar installations  :

  • Support Clean Energy-play an active role in displacing the need for fossil fuels that are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and other toxic pollutants

  • Cut Energy Costs- Lower your monthly electric payments with community solar credits applied directly to your utility bill.

  • No installation Required- Zero upfront costs, no siting requirements, non-profits, renters, homeowners or small businesses with an electric bill in your name can participate

  • Energize Your Local Economy-Support your neighbors by helping to create jobs in construction, engineering, maintenance, and development

Getting started is easy!

 

RAICA has partnered with Ampion power who has worked with: 

  • Over 38 Houses of Worship/Religious Institutions generate over 4GWh of renewable electricity annually

  • Over 107 individual congregant household to add another 5GWh annually

That's like taking  more than 450 cars off the road each year so far- you can join to be part of the solution!

Click here to request an info session at your HoW

For Houses of Worship (HoW) or Institutions

Downloadable resources for engaging your HoW

Letter to Faith Leaders

Presentation 

Sample newsletter blurb 

Ampion Community Solar FAQ

Ampion sign up walk through

also see and share experiences on our member best practices forum

Sign up your house of worship to save on utility bills and earn donations for your house of worship.

 

Getting set up is easy, just  contact Jim Tappon or call

(866) 244-7294 

For each new house of worship that subscribes RAICA will receive a donation that they will share with the HoW

Once your HoW signs up it will receive a donation for each member that subscribes through the web portal for your  house of worship.

For households or small businesses

Signing up is easy just use this link to bring up a list of participating houses of worship*,  then select your house of worship to link to the appropriate sign up screen

 

Each member that signs up will generate a $50 donation for their house of worship or religious institution  (in addition to saving  on your utility bills and supporting local solar energy
 

*If you don't see your house of worship simply select the general link under Unafilliated

How Community Solar Works

1. Ampion assigns you a share of the local community solar farm based on your energy usage. 

2. Each month, solar credits are generated on your behalf and applied directly to your RG&E bill

3. You purchase the solar credits at a discount, saving you up to 10% on your total electricity costs

4. Once connected, you can view your solar production, cost savings, and environmental impact with Ampion Energy’s online platform

 

Your discount is locked in for as long as you participate

You can cancel anytime with no cancellation fee

This short video from NYSERDA is a great tutorial on Community Solar

“As pastor of a church that takes stewardship and creation care seriously, I’m happy to have us be part of a program that encourages production of more clean, renewable energy – and lets our members save a bit on their bills at the same time. This is a real win-win solution for us,” says Pastor Steve Gretz of Greece Baptist Church.

**Options for community solar outside the REG&E service area (view service area map) can be provided by BlueRock Solar, Inc. through their Western New York solar farm and Ithaca-area solar farm. For information and to register go to:

https://bluerockenergy.com/grandislandsolar/  in the National Grid service area or https://bluerockenergy.com/solarfarm/    for NYSEG customers 

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