Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced Solarize NYC, a new solar incentive program. The new Solarize NYC program will allow communities — including neighborhoods, business districts and houses of worship among other affiliations— to join together to form single purchasing groups. This benefits communities by giving them greater buying power than individual entities, while encouraging solar developers to build out capacity and sell power to community groups. Groups can apply through a new website,

Heather Leibowitz, State Director of Environment New York released the following statement: “We applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio for following through on his commitment to expand access to renewable energy in New York City. The Solarize NYC program will establish an innovative initiative that will empower renters, and millions of other New Yorkers, to choose solar as a clean energy option to power their lives. This program will provide customers with savings on their energy bill and bolster New York City’s clean energy economy, as well as allow individuals to realize significant social and environmental benefits from solar energy.”

Environment New York is a state-wide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization working for clean air, clean water and open space.

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