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Expanded Solar For All Program to Serve Nearly 175,000 Income-Eligible National Grid Customers

Supports the Climate Act Mandate for at Least 35 Percent, with a Goal of 40 Percent, of the Benefits of Clean Energy Investments Be Directed to Disadvantaged Communities

The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in partnership with National Grid today announced 21 community solar projects, totaling more than 120 megawatts, have been selected as part of the first round of a community solar program that delivers the benefits of clean energy to underserved New Yorkers. The Expanded Solar For All program, approved by the State’s Public Service Commission in January, will serve nearly 175,000 income-eligible customers in National Grid’s upstate service areas once fully implemented. Today’s announcement supports New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) mandate for at least 35 percent, with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments be directed to Disadvantaged Communities.

An additional round of projects is expected to be selected next year. As part of the program’s first phase, National Grid anticipates providing up to $240 million in total bill credits during the 25-year lifetime of the program. An anticipated second phase, subject to approval by the Public Service Commission, would further expand the program doubling the total anticipated bill credits to up to $480 million over the program’s lifetime. The federal Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Biden in August, is also expected to further support New York’s strategy to drive cost savings from solar energy to disadvantaged communities.

Community solar involves a large array of solar panels at an offsite location that allows homeowners and renters to access solar power without installing panels on their homes. Energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid and customers receive credits on their electricity bill.

Today’s announcement builds on the success of NYSERDA’s NY-Sun program, the State’s signature $1.8 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar while driving down costs and making solar energy more accessible to homes, businesses, and communities. In March, New York became the top community solar market in the United States with more than one gigawatt of community solar installed and operational – enough to serve 209,000 homes across the state. Currently, installed distributed solar projects combined with projects under development, bring the State beyond the current Climate Act goal to install six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025.

Since 2011, NY-Sun has helped:

  • Support the installation of solar on the rooftop or property of 175,000 homes or businesses spanning every county in New York;
  • Provide over $1.4 billion in incentives, leveraging $6.9 billion in private investment;
  • Drive nearly 2,900 percent solar growth in the State;
  • Facilitate the delivery of enough clean, renewable energy to power nearly 715,000 New York homes;
  • Foster 12,000 jobs in the solar industry;
  • Reduce the cost of solar by 70 percent; and
  • Ensure at least 1,600 megawatts of solar is dedicated to low- to moderate-income (LMI) households, affordable housing, and disadvantaged and environmental justice communities as part of its Solar Energy Equity Framework.

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