The COVID-19 pandemic has left people across the United States struggling to keep up with bills. As the unemployment level remains at a dangerous high, Rockland Community Power has rolled out a community solar relief program to help residents in several New York towns and villages.
Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Nyack, Upper Nyack, and South Nyack are part of the program formed from a partnership between Rockland and Joule Community Power. The two entities will be rolling out opportunities to subscribe to a local community solar project. For every subscription, Joule will donate $50 toward local efforts to combat the effects of COVID-19. Clarkstown’s government has been especially vocal about the program and encouraging residents and business owners to subscribe and help those affected by the coronavirus and support renewable energy. Rockland will also be working with Clarkstown to spread enrollment to Rockland and Orange territory.
Among the organizations being benefited by the Joule Community Power and Rockland Community Power partnership is the Rockland Community Foundation. The non-profit offers grants to Hospice in Rockland County and Meals on Wheels, among other charitable groups. Rockland and Joule are taking a cue from Hudson Valley Community Power, which has had its program that raised $32,000 over the past 12 months to aid the local government.
Subscribers receive a benefit of their own by taking part in the community solar relief program. Households and businesses are eligible to receive a credit on their utility bill. They also will be able to receive the perks of solar energy without having to install expensive panels on their home or business. Even renters can take part in these community solar projects.
This isn’t the only effort Rockland Community Power is making to support its local community. In summer 2020, it will also launch a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. The CCA will give towns cheaper clean energy options. This program will work hand-in-hand with the current community solar programs to maximize the aid given to the New York municipalities.
Fleming confirmed that even as state-wide restrictions are loosened and in-person sales can continue, SunShare will likely keep its virtual sales team.