In this week's Newsletter: NYS announces game-changing shared renewables program, come to the next round of East Side Coastal Resiliency Project public workshops,  what's in bloom in the Park right now and much more!
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NYS Shared Renewables Program Puts Solar & Wind Energy Within Reach of Every New Yorker 

Last week the Public Service Commission announced a game-changing new renewable energy initiative that will bring solar and wind power to communities that couldn't access them in the past, especially low- and middle-income renters. 

New York ranks among the nation’s solar leaders, yet a majority of the state’s energy consumers – including renters, families and businesses in multi-unit buildings and property owners with shaded roofs – are unable to invest in their own rooftop solar energy systems. Low-income consumers who lack access to financing face additional barriers to solar participation. Following through on Governor Cuomo’s commitment to expand access to renewable energy, the PSC issued a final order for a Shared Renewables program that will allow any energy customer to participate in a local renewable energy project and receive a credit for their portion of the clean energy produced on their utility bill. The new program is expected to launch later this year.

You can read the full announcement from Vote Solar and partners (including our own Here Comes Solar program) on here. And you can download the pdf of the new legislation here.

Next Round of East Side Coastal Resiliency Project Public Design Workshops Coming Up on July 28, 29 & 30

If you missed the last round of public design workshops for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, it's not to late to make yourself heard!

The workshop dealing specifically with Stuyvesant Cove will be held on Tuesday July 28 at 6pm at the Stein Senior Center on East 23rd Street.

The City of New York is hosting a series of Community Design Workshops to discuss the East River Waterfront redesign following Hurricane Sandy. These workshops build upon the planning undertaken as part of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition, allowing participants to contribute their thoughts on the preliminary concepts and design development of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The workshops will occur on: 

Tuesday, July 28th, doors open at 5:30 P.M., meeting at 6:00 P.M.
Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd Street
Focused on the waterfront between E. 14th & E. 23rd Streets

Wednesday, July 29th, doors open at 6:30 P.M., meeting at 7:00 P.M.
Church of St. Brigid, 119 Avenue B (enter on 8th Street)
Focused on the waterfront between Houston & E. 14th Streets

Thursday, July 30th, doors open at 6:30 P.M., meeting at 7:00 P.M.
Manny Cantor Center, 197 E. Broadway
Focused on the waterfront between Houston & Montgomery Streets

All locations are ADA accessible. Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese interpreters will be present at all workshops. A Fujianese interpreter will be present on July 30th. For special needs assistance, please call (917) 339-0488 by Wednesday, July 22nd. Dinner will be provided.

What's Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Mid-Summer Edition

Summer is without a doubt the bloomingest time of the year in the Northeast, and therefore in Stuyvesant Cove Park! In fact there are so many plants currently on display that we've had to split this post in two. Part 2 will appear in a couple of weeks.

A partial list includes:

False Sunflower
Rattlesnake master
Bee Balm
Swamp Milkweed
Butterfly Weed
Evening Primrose

For a full list, including pictures and Latin names, please visit the Solar One blog.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents: Niall O'Leary & Friends
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 5pm, free & suitable for all ages

Other Events

596 Acres Summer Fundraiser
Gowanus Studio Space, 166 7th Avenue bet 2nd & 3rd Aves, Brooklyn, 7pm-12am, $20

Committed to the Dream: Jenri Gonzalez
S1 Workforce Training Lab, 11-17 43rd Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 1pm, free

Kay Künzel: Ecological Multi-Story Passive House Buildings
Building Energy Exchange, Inc., 31 Chambers Street Suite 609 bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 for non-NYPH members

Help Plan Green Infrastructure for Your Street in Greenpoint
Church of the Ascension Hall, 122 Java Street bet Franklin St & Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 6-8pm, free
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