Power of the sun: Community solar is a resource that Tompkins County has largely embraced

Here in Tompkins County, located in NYSEG’s load zone C, community solar has found a home. And another home. And another. Community solar projects, and solar for private production as well, has been popping up across the county for several years now. Most recently, BlueRock Energy opened a community solar project in Enfield, in partnership with local company Renovus Solar that constructed the panels.

“Just at the end of 2017 we interconnected a 2.3-Megawatt community solar project on Mecklenburg Road in the Town of Enfield,” said Michael Francis, General Manager of BlueRock Solar.

Currently, there are two models for community solar: the subscription style, and the purchase style. The Enfield project, BlueRock’s first in Tompkins County, is a pay-as-you-go subscription model. Their first community solar project was the first pay-as-you-go subscription style in the state of New York and Francis said the first, in Millport, New York, was a success, completely selling out.

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