Residents of Bedford, NY are primed to enjoy the benefits of a New York community solar facility thanks to Sustainable Westchester. The company’s community solar program allows Bedford residents to save on their utility bills while partaking in clean, renewable energy that’s better for the environment. After hearing about community solar options for some time, residents were finally provided with an opportunity to join a program through a partnership between Bedford 2030 and the Town of Bedford.
Upwards of 200 residents, small businesses, and organizations have recently subscribed to the Sustainable Westchester community solar program. The project offers local homeowners and small businesses a means of drawing from a solar energy source while saving up to 10% on their monthly utility bills. The increased interest in the solar program also encourages the development of future facilities to allow even more homeowners to participate. Outside of the 10% discount, community solar benefits homeowners by allowing them to partake in clean energy without having to build private solar panels.
Community solar facilities have been popping up all over New York, and the Town of Bedford has been a leader in sustainability in the state. It was the first town in New York to bring community solar to its residents through the non-profit organization, Sustainable Westchester. This project is also Sustainable Westchester’s first facility that offers solar to ConEd and NYSEG customers.
Bedford’s push for community solar is part of New York’s overall goal of shifting all energy production to clean, renewable sources. Ensuring these facilities are best for the consumer and work toward the state’s goal is the New York State Public Service Commission, which regulates community solar options like the Sustainable Winchester facility.
Unlike rooftop solar panels, community solar typically comes with a small cost to the participant, which is made up for with the monthly utility credit. Subscribers sign up to draw energy from a unit of the facility and, in return, receive a credit to reduce their overall energy costs.