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solar energy - is solar energy right for you?

The first step toward utilizing solar energy is to determine if this alternative-energy choice is feasible for your home or business. The initial question that everyone asks is, “What is this going to cost me?” The best way to understand the costs and savings involved in a solar-energy installation is through the Clean Power Estimator, which is provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA).

Solar-Energy Incentives

There are many incentives and rebates available to customers who install solar-energy technology in New York, most offered by NYSERDA.

To apply for these incentives, you must submit an application to NYSERDA in addition to the application that you submit to Con Edison for interconnection. You can get started on the NY-Sun Initiative page or you can contact an installer who is certified to install photovoltaic solar panels in New York City. We recommend that you work with an installer who has already completed several projects in Con Edison’s territory.

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency offers a list of further federal, state, city, and local tax incentives. Examples of the incentives that you will find are tax abatements and tax credits, such as this one through the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). Your installer can help you determine if any of these incentives can help you save money on your solar-energy installation.

There is the additional benefit of Net Metering, which can help you save money through the solar power that you generate. More detailed information about the charges and credits involved in Net Metering can be found by reviewing the Rider R tariff, Con Edison’s service classification for net metering.

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