Across New York City, low-income tenants pay up to 13% of their income on traditional energy from fossil fuels. They also bear some of the highest burdens of climate change. Solar energy is one of the fastest ways to move communities from surviving to thriving.
But currently, frontline communities who stand to benefit the most from solar, have the least access to it. We want to change that.
To grow solar in northern Manhattan, WE ACT has launched Solar Uptown Now, a campaign to bring northern Manhattan community members together to purchase solar as a group. The Solar Uptown Now model helps customers choose a solar installer that offers competitive, transparent pricing. Purchasing solar as a group helps to bring down the cost of solar installation for all participants.
Growing solar in NYC could help us meet our climate emissions reductions targets, reduce the cost of energy for New Yorkers, and help prevent blackouts.
Our partners Solar One, the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, and Sustainable CUNY, are helping to facilitate the installation of at least 150 kW of new solar power on low to moderate income multifamily affordable housing units and HDFC co-op buildings in Northern Manhattan. To see if your building qualifies, please visit solaruptownnow.org or click “I want to participate!”
UPDATE: We are holding two September 2017 informational meetings for residents interested in participating in SUN. RSVP: Charles Callaway, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-961-1000, ext. 309