What is Community Solar?
Community Solar is made possible through New York State policies that allow homeowners to purchase their electricity from a solar farm. The solar farm offers you a discount on their electricity, which it then sells to the utility who sends it into the grid.
The subscriber saves money, the solar farm creates green jobs and earns a profit, and New York’s grid gets cleaner as solar electricity replaces fossil fuel electricity.
Can I go solar at my home?
Yes! Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or single family home, nearly every Putnam resident with an electric utility account can sign up for community solar. There is no installation, and never any fees.
Best of all, each of our providers offer annualized savings of up to 10% on your electric supply. Cancel at any time. Have your utility account number handy and click below to sign up for community solar now.
Learn more about our provider, PowerMarket, and enroll online!
on electricity supply costs
Up to 10% Savings
$100 gift card to you
$100 donation to Sustainable Putnam or the participating town of Kent
One bill (NYSEG or Central Hudson)
Subscription Term, Fees
20 years or the life of the project
No fees to join or cancel
NYS Project Locations
(click Enroll above for more details)
NYSEG: Penn Yan or Cincinnatus, NY
Central Hudson: New Windsor, NY
Why go Solar?
New York State’s Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act has set ambitious goals to combat the climate crisis:
- 70% emissions-free electricity sector by 2030
- 100% emissions-free electricity sector by 2040
- Shift all energy uses to electricity (eliminating oil, natural gas, and coal)
To meet these challenges, every New Yorker needs to go solar. You can either install panels on your roof, or sign up for community solar. For most residents, the best option is a community solar subscription.
See our Go Solar tool to help you decide.
What’s the Catch?
There really is none. Again, New York State’s forward-thinking energy and climate policies make community solar possible.
You’ll see solar credits deducted from your electric supply bill every month: more in summer, less in winter. Your annualized credits reduce your electricity cost by up to 10%.
Residents, small businesses, and nonprofits are eligible to apply. There are some restrictions. For example, buildings with solar panels are not eligible. Very small and large commercial electric accounts may not be accepted. Contact [email protected] with questions.