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Westchester Power Solar Credit Offering

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Welcome to the Westchester Power Solar Credit offering

The Solar Credit offering provides participants with solar credits that guarantee monetary savings of up to 10% on electricity bills by subscribing them to a local solar project. Using the New York State community solar model, the Solar Credit offering allows participants to benefit from solar energy through monetary savings, with no installation needed on the participants’ property. Eligible community members will be notified in the mail and automatically enrolled unless they opt out. Participants may cancel their subscription at any time without any penalties or fees.

The Solar Credit offering promotes climate action and equity by delivering savings first to communities that will benefit most. Priority enrollment in the Solar Credit offering will go to households currently participating in ConEd or NYSEG assistance programs. Households eligible for the Solar Credit offering may also be the recipients of: Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and other similar programs. 

To understand if you are currently eligible for the Westchester Power solar credit offering, please select your utility service from the clickable buttons below.

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You can also contact us at solarcredit@sutstainablewestchester.org or 914-242-4725 if you need assistance.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE SOLAR CREDIT OFFERING?

  • Save up to 10% on your monthly electric bills!
  • No need to install solar panels on your own property! Solar Credits come from a solar project located within your municipality’s utility (ConEd or NYSEG) service area.
  • Remain enrolled in your current ConEd or NYSEG assistance programs! The Solar Credit offering has no impact on your current assistance program benefits. If in the future you are no longer enrolled in your utility assistance programs, you will remain enrolled in the Solar Credit offering and continue to receive solar credit savings.
  • Pay your electricity bills the same way. ConEd or NYSEG will continue to bill you. Solar credit savings will be printed on each bill.
  • Keep ConEd or NYSEG as your electricity deliverer. Whether or not you take part in the Solar Credit offering, ConEd or NYSEG will continue to be responsible for the electricity grid that delivers your electricity. As always, please contact your utility in the event of any electricity service interruption.
  • Keep your current electricity supplier. If your utility (ConEd or NYSEG) supplies your energy, they will continue to do so. If you have chosen an electric service company (ESCO) for your electricity supply other than your utility, that choice remains exactly the same.
  • No cost to join, and you may cancel at any time without any penalties or fees.
  • Support local renewable energy development! Your solar project generates local clean energy jobs, decreases fossil fuel use, and improves long-term air quality.

HOW DOES THE SOLAR CREDIT OFFERING WORK?

 

The Solar Credit offering uses the New York State community solar model:

In order to meet the state requirement of increasing sources of renewable electricity, New York State provides incentives to new solar projects. Solar projects that receive New York State community solar incentives are mandated to provide solar credits to subscribed participants.

Understanding how savings are applied on participants’ electricity bills:

  1. The electricity generated by the participant’s portion of the project earns a solar credit in the form of a monetary saving, which is applied to the participant’s bill.
  2. 90% of the solar credit is deducted from the participant’s bill as a subscription fee.
  3. 10% of the solar credit is retained on the participant’s bill as monetary savings.
    (The participant keeps 10% of the solar credit!)

Click here to see sample electricity bills with the Solar Credit offering for ConEd and NYSEG.

Education & Resources

Notification and enrollment process:

  • Targeted Outreach: Sustainable Westchester conducts meetings, webinars, and other events.
  • Notification Letters: Letters are sent to each eligible household as local solar project capacity becomes available.
  • 30-Day Opt-Out Period: Eligible community members have 30 days to opt out before being automatically enrolled.
  • Enrollment: Households that choose not to opt out of the offering are subscribed to a local solar project.
Your participation in the offering provides you savings and an opportunity to support local renewable energy!

If you wish to opt out, please click the
Opt-Out button below, or call us at 914-242-4725.

Opt Out

Please be aware that once you are subscribed, ConEd or NYSEG may need two to three billing cycles to process your opt-out request. Additionally, if you opt out, you may request to rejoin in the future. However, due to limited availability within our local solar projects there are no guarantees of immediate re-enrollment.

Participating Municipalities

New Rochelle City

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Village of Ossining

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Community Partners

Sustainable Westchester is committed to environmental justice and understands that equity is the foundation of sustainability. Through our programming, we seek to expand benefits from the clean energy transition to overburdened and underserved communities. Our work aims to help our communities achieve NYS Climate Act goals, including that 35% of benefits of clean energy and energy efficiency programs must be allocated towards Disadvantaged Communities. The criteria used to identify Disadvantaged Communities was developed and it is annually reviewed by the Climate Justice Working Group, and it takes into account Environmental Burdens and Population Vulnerabilities.

We are proud to put forth the Solar Credit offering, a large-scale effort that serves and supports households in the utility assistance programs and Disadvantaged Communities by providing them with financial and environmental benefits. The opt-out structure of the offering allows us to prioritize lower income households that have been historically unable to benefit from New York’s traditional community solar model, where households sign up on an individual basis.

In our continued stride towards increased environmental justice and community partnerships, we hope to empower Westchester County residents and bring forth measurable and equitable health and economic changes.
Sustainable Westchester invites conversations with our communities on how to advance environmental justice. If you would like to connect, please contact us at info @sustainablewestchester.org or call us at 914-242-4725.

Sustainable Westchester’s work is made possible with the help of our solar and storage partners!

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Learn more about our solar and storage projects in the Solar Credit offering

Interested in becoming a partner click the button below to learn about our Rolling Request for Capacity. Your solar and energy projects can be part of our Solar Credit offering.