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New program lets New Yorkers share renewable energy projects

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ALBANY, New York — A new program will let New York residents subscribe to local renewable energy projects and get a credit on their utility bills for their portion of the energy produced.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the Shared Renewables Program last week. The non-profit group Environment New York hailed the program, saying it allows low-income families, renters, and millions of other New Yorkers to choose solar as a clean energy option.

The program is also known as community distributed generation and community net metering.

One way to participate is for residents of a condominium to join together for a shared solar project. They would need to find a sponsor, such as a developer, to organize the project on behalf of the residents.

More information is on the state's Community Solar website (http://on.ny.gov/1I9keAd ).

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