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Grassroots Solar Movement Spreading Across the US Lands in Syracuse

In Energy on July 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Solarize is a grassroots solar movement that is spreading across the US, from its origins as developed by residents of Portland, Oregon, to make solar power more affordable and more accessible than ever. In the past few years, successful Solarize campaigns have spread from Oregon to Massachusetts to New York, including neighboring Madison and Tompkins Counties. Solarize campaigns have the power to double or even triple the amount of installed solar in their communities and invigorate the local solar market.

In Syracuse, the effort is organized by Alliance for a Green Economy, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, Frack Action, Greening USA, New York Interfaith Power and Light, Peace Action CNY, and Syracuse Peace Council. And co-sponsoried by Partnership for Onondaga Creek, Syracuse Community Choir, and People for Animal Rights. Together, they are taking collective action to reduce the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power in our communities and to shift our region to clean, sustainable energy.

In June, Solarize Syracuse asked area solar installers for bids to partner on the campaign. The qualified contractor selected was CNY Solar based on criteria such as a priority on being located in Upstate New York, payment of a living wage, a proven reputation and experience with solar energy, and offers US-made components and options for purchase and leasing.

From July 31-September 12, 9 free public workshops will be hosted to provide an introduction to solar power, an overview of the systems and financial options available, relevant subsidies and tax credits, and other ways to save money and energy. Download the flyer here.

Residents, business owners, and nonprofits in the city of Syracuse and the towns of Dewitt, Manlius and Onondaga can enroll in the Solarize Syracuse program for a free solar assessment. If the assessment is positive, participants can take advantage of volume discount pricing from our partner contractor as well as assistance qualifying for state and federal subsidies and tax credits to install a solar system at a significantly reduced price. The contract signing deadline for the program will be September 30.

How to Participate:
Attend any of nine free public workshops from July 31 – September 12.
Enroll on the website.
Volunteer for anything from outreach to event set up.
Spread the Word on Facebook, post flyers, forward this article.

Solarize Syracuse Kickoff Workshop
Thursday, July 31, 6:00-7:30 pm
City Hall Commons Atrium (201 E. Washington St, Syracuse)

Solarize DeWitt Workshop
Tuesday, August 12, 6:00-7:30 pm
DeWitt Town Hall (5400 Butternut Dr, East Syracuse)

Solarize Fayetteville – Let’s Do This!
Saturday, August 16, Noon-1:30 pm
Fayetteville Free Library (300 Orchard St, Fayetteville)

Solarize Syracuse at Spa at 500
Tuesday, August 19, 6:00-7:30 pm
Spa at 500 (500 W Onondaga St, Syracuse)

Solarize Onondaga
Monday, August 25, 6:00-7:30 pm
Onondaga Free Library (4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse)

Solarize Manlius
Thursday, September 4, 6:00-7:30 pm
Manlius Public Library (1 Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius)

Solarize Workshop at ArtRage Gallery
Tuesday, September 9, 7:00-8:30 pm
ArtRage Gallery (505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse)

Greening USA Green Bag Lunch
Friday, September 12, Noon-1:30 pm
Center of Excellence (727 E Washington St, Syracuse)

Last Chance Workshop at Natur-Tyme
Saturday, September 13, 12:30-2:00 pm
Natur-Tyme (3160 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse)

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