The Time for Solar is Now
Gone are the days when solar was an expensive form of energy, only suitable for deep pocketed and environmentally conscious early adopters.
Today, thanks to some impressive advancements in the technology and the groundbreaking reduction in equipment costs, solar is now an accessible and inexpensive form of energy.
How does solar work?
When solar panels are hit by light from the sun, the materials within the solar cells experience the photoelectric effect and produce direct current (DC) electricity. DC electricity is converted into alternating current (AC) electricity – like the power used in your home – by a component called an inverter.
If you have a solar system on your home, that power can be directly consumed on site. If a solar system is a standalone facility, like a solar farm, the electricity gets sent into the utility grid, and distributed wherever it is needed.
The fact is, not all of us want to put solar panels on our homes. That’s where Community Distributed Generation (CDG) and Remote Net Metering (RNM) come into play. CDG facilities are large scale solar projects typically operated by a third party. Members sign on to receive a portion (CDG) or all (RNM) of the energy production from a facility.
The electricity flows through the grid, and the member gets a credit on their utility bill for every kWh that facility produces, just as thought that facility was on their roof.
Now is the best time in history to utilize renewable solar energy.
New York State’s Solar Mandate
New York State is a leader in clean energy. The Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative encourages the development of renewable energy facilities, and has identified a set of goals for the state’s energy system. Targets include 50% electricity generation from renewable energy by 2030 and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels.
These objectives provide support for the growth of solar energy and the development of innovative programs such as the Sun & Energy Program throughout the state.