Solar Farms in NY
Access Clean Energy from Local Solar Farms
Solar Farms in New York provide lower costs and clean energy independence
New York is home to the fastest growing solar farm state, as well as some of the most impressive solar farms in the whole country.
The Long Island Solar Farm was completed in 2011 and is capable of producing an impressive 32 megawatts of electricity—enough to power more than 5,200 homes. It’s officially the largest photovoltaic (fancy word for solar) array in the eastern United States! The entire array is made up of more than 164,000 individual solar panels.
NY Leads in Community Solar Farms
In addition to the Long Island Solar Farm, there are many other solar farms in NY scattered throughout the state.
New York actually has one of the fastest-growing community solar sectors in the country.
By the end of 2020, there were over 370 community solar projects in New York producing almost 500 megawatts of power!
An incredible 90% of those projects were installed between 2019 and 2020 alone. This made New York state the single largest community solar market in 2020, and there are no signs of slowing down!
Of course, these impressive power plants don’t include all the private homeowners who have installed private panels on their homes. With all the solar incentives offered by the NY government, installing solar on your home or property is more accessible than ever before. But what about people who are renting or whose home is not right for a solar system?
Solar Farms provide access to clean energy at a discount!
Community Solar Farms in NY allow a group of people to subscribe to solar energy from a solar farm in New York. Kind of like crowdfunding a solar farm, or like a CSA, but instead of fresh vegetables from a local farm you’re getting clean solar energy.
The benefits of buying energy in a group is also a bulk discount — you save 10-25% off your energy bill!
The level of the savings depends on your utility and the solar farms in your area. Get matched to a solar farm in New York!
HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE?
Match to a Solar Farm
Without needing panels on your roof, community solar is an affordable solar option for nearly everyone — renters and homeowners, houses and apartments!
How much can you save on your energy by joining a solar farm in New York near where you live?
How Does Community Solar Work?
Pay nothing, save money, help the environment AND a local business? Really?
Instead of purchasing expensive solar panels and installing them on the roof of your house, community solar is more of a team-effort when it comes to producing solar power.
Here’s the anatomy of a community solar project:
1. A solar farm site is built in a suitable location, with ready connection to the electricity grid
2. People from around the state contribute money for management and maintenance of the farm, typically via monthly subscription.
3. Large credits from power generated by the community solar project are sent back to the participants, ultimately reducing their electricity bills.
Because community solar doesn’t require participants to have a “solar-ready” property (with plenty of roof space, facing the right direction, and in enough direct sunlight), it’s accessible to more people.
Even New York residents who rent or live in apartments can enjoy clean, renewable solar energy!
Also, since the cost of installation and maintenance is split between the collective, nobody has to pay thousands of dollars up front to install solar panels. It’s a much more affordable option to traditional solar panel installation.
Support your Local Solar Farmers
Why buy dirty energy, often from the other side of the world, when we can buy clean energy — from right outside of town?
Community Solar Farms in NY allow family farmers to lease some of their land for utilities and partners to set up small solar farms. This supplements farm income and keeps energy local!
Some local solar farms in NY include the Butterfly Keepers project near Poughkepsie, and Wonder Complex near Buffalo.
How to Access Community Solar Farms in New York
While most people might think the only option to harness the power of the sun to run their homes is to install costly panels on the roof, that’s not the case. There are more options to get solar now than ever before.
You could install residential solar panels in New York if you prefer to generate your own power, but you can also choose to purchase green energy from a standard utility, rent-to-own solar equipment, or participate in a community solar program.
Community solar farms are fortunately available all over the state of New York, from all the major utility companies.
Curious about the benefits of community solar and whether or not it’s right for you? Check out the frequently asked questions here. To see what you can save sign up to be matched with available New York community solar farm projects here!