In this week's Newsletter:  Oktoberfest is next Tuesday, the Energy Gang returns to Clean Energy Connections (and it's gonna sell out, so buy a ticket today), Con Edison announces a big solar project for NYCHA housing and much more!
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Come to the Oktoberfest on Tuesday October 2nd

Oktoberfest is famous around the world as an epic drinking event, and it's true- those liter steins hold a lot of beer. But there's a lot more to Oktoberfest than just drinking! To get us all in the spirit, here are five little-known facts about Oktoberfest:

1. It's called Oktoberfest but it traditionally starts in September.
The event started in 1810 and at that time it took place during one week of October, but over the years it was extended to begin in September because the weather is warmer and more pleasant, so it’s easier to attract more visitors.

2. All Oktoberfest beers are brewed within the Munich city limits.
A mere six breweries supply all the official Oktoberfest beer, and they are only allowed to use three ingredients: water, barley and hops.

3. It was originally a wedding celebration, not a beer festival.
The first Oktoberfest, held in 1810, celebrated the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildberghausen, and included a horse race.

4. Since 1950, the festival kicks off in Munich with an announcement from the mayor, a keg tapping and a gunshot.
Then the Mayor offers the first stein to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria, and Oktoberfest begins.

5. The most beer ever recorded as consumed at the Oktoberfest was set in 2011.
Participants drank 7.5 million liters of beer...although Germans don't actually drink all the way to the bottom of the stein. The last quarter of the glass is considered undrinkable!

On Tuesday, October 2nd, starting at 6:30pm, Solar One will be throwing our own Oktoberfest fundraiser, complete with decorated tent, authentic decor, real Oktoberfest beer imported from Munich and even an oompah band! Tickets are just $100, including dinner, beer or wine and best of all, every dollar goes directly to support Solar One programs. It's the most Oktoberfest you can get without buying a plane ticket, and you can rest assured that your contribution will support environmental education, community solar, workforce training and Stuyvesant Cove Park!

Tickets and more information are available here. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Prost

The Energy Gang Returns to Clean Energy Connections

The Energy Gang is a weekly podcast produced by Greentech Media that gives listeners deep analysis on the latest energy and cleantech news. Each week, Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, and Jigar Shah dissect and debate what’s happening across the industry — covering national and local politics, technology trends, and business strategies. 


We're thrilled to host the Gang for the 3rd year in a row for our Clean Energy Connections Event series. Come listen to a lively conversation and debate with some of the top thinkers and writers in clean energy. 


6:30 - Doors open
7:00 - Show begins
8:30 - Networking



Stephen Lacey, Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Katherine Hamilton, Principal, 38 North Solutions

Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting, Generate Capital

Tickets are on sale now! Don't wait, this event WILL sell out!

The Energy Gang LIVE @ Clean Energy Connections
Thursday October 4th from 6:30-9pm
The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR 
44 Charlton Street at Varick St, Manhattan

Community Power Program from Con Edison Will Bring Solar Power to 350 NYCHA Households

Con Edison is proposing placing solar panels on the roofs of New York City Housing Authority developments as part of its effort to make renewable energy available to low- and moderate-income customers.

The demonstration project by the energy company and its partners is called "Community Power" and would give 350 NYCHA households access to solar energy for a discounted price. Tenants could save an estimated $78 a year on their energy bills, and up to 30 NYCHA residents will receive paid job training and then be hired to install the panels.

The proposed 1-megawatt solar initiative will avoid the emission of more than 1.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Solar One is so excited to be the lead partner on this project, but key components are also being handled by WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Green City Force, Co-Op Power and Resonant Energy. Congratulations to everyone involved on developing and implementing such a great project!

You can read the whole press release on here.

Tickets and sponsorships- including discount Early Bird tickets- are available now. 
Now you can support Solar One when you shop on Just click here or on the image above!

Upcoming Events at Solar One

Munich on the East River
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 10am-1pm, $20+
Tickets and information are available from Zum Schneider NYC at the link above.

Upcoming Events

Free Community Paddle
Concrete Plant Park, 1372 Westchester Avenue bet Bronx River & Whitlock Aves, Bronx, 4-6pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Maspeth
Maspeth Federal Savigs Bank, 56-18 69th Avenue bet Clinton & Borden Aves (enter parking lot on Clinton Ave), Queens, 1-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Chinatown
Kimlau Square, Chatham Square at East Broadway, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

Digester Egg Tour at Newtown Creek
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, 329 Greenpoint Avenue bet Provost & N. Henry Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-12pm, $10 Urban Green members
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