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Friday, June 13, 2014
New York’s Shared Solar Proposal Invites Millions of Renters to the Solar Revolution | EcoWatch
It’s not difficult to feel somewhat left out of the potential solar revolution if you’re not a home or property owner, but a New York State Assembly member hopes to change that.
State Energy Committee Chair Amy Paulin (D-88) has introduced the Shared Clean Energy Bill, which would allow renters, the owners of unsuitable roofs, schools and businesses to go solar through utility bill credits. The plan would be the 11th shared renewable plan in the U.S., following Vermont, Massachusetts and others.
“Today, solar is creating thousands of jobs in New York and pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy all while building a cleaner, more resilient energy supply,” Paulin, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement from Vote Solar. “Yet, a majority of our residents and businesses cannot participate in that growing solar marketplace simply because they do not own rooftops that are suitable for solar. This bill would make solar an option for renters and millions of other New Yorkers for the first time, in turn delivering more solar benefits to our state.”