In this week's Newsletter: President will increase access to solar for low- and middle-income Americans, a new group in Brooklyn signs up for community solar, tips from Con Ed on how to keep your A/C bills down and much more!
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Increasing Access to Solar for Low- & Middle-Income Families


The Obama administration on Tuesday announced an initiative to help low- and middle-income Americans gain access to solar energy, part of a series of steps President Obama is taking to tackle climate change, according to administration officials.

The administration said it intends to triple the capacity of solar and other renewable energy systems it installs in federally subsidized housing by 2020, make it easier for homeowners to borrow money for solar improvements and start a nationwide program to help renters gain access to solar energy, the officials said.

Also unveiled on Tuesday were commitments totaling more than $520 million from charities, investors, states and cities to pay for solar and energy-efficiency projects for lower-income communities.

You can read the whole story from the New York Times here.

Meet the New Group at Here Comes Solar: Windsor Place!

Our third group of solar homeowners has now officially launched in Brooklyn! With three contractor selections under our belt, we’ve seen our group solar model produce real savings for our members: each group has secured pricing over 20% cheaper than the average solar installation cost in the borough!

We are excited that our newest group shaped up to be four rowhouse owners on the same block of Windsor Place in the South Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Even with just four households, the efficiency of synchronized site visits and installations and the greater visibility of four new solar arrays on one block makes the project more attractive to installers and therefore more affordable for our members.

Read their story on the Here Comes Solar blog here.

Con Ed Offers Tips to Keep You Cool (& Flush with Cash) This Summer

Check out this charming new video series from Con Edison, with tips for keeping your home cool and your bills low.

Keeping interior doors closed, cleaning the filter regularly and lowering you shades or blinds to shut out the sun will all help! You can watch the video on the Con Ed website here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

7/11
Food Karma Presents Cook Out NYC: Running with the Beef
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 4-9pm VIP admission, 5-9pm general admission, $85 VIP, $60 general
Tickets are available here.

7/12
Walk-Up Paddling in Stuyvesant Cove
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 11:30am-2:30pm, free

7/13
Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents Sean Mahony & the New York Swing Orchestra
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30-8pm, free

Other Events


7/10
Responsible Endowments Coalition Summer Film Series: “Disruption" Screening & Discussion
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway,6:30-10pm, free

7/11
Canarsie Beach Cleanup
Canarsie Beach, Carnarsie Pier, Brooklyn, 9am-12pm, free, $10 for round-trip bus from Union Square and back

E-Waste Recycling Event with Lower East Side Ecology Center: Staten Island
College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd, Parking lot 6, Staten Island, 10am-4pm, free
For a list of accepted items, click here.

7/14
Investing in the Past: New York and the Coal Industry Panel Discussion
Patagonia, 72 Greene Street bet Spring & Broome Sts, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free 

7/16
New York City Community Garden Coalition General Meeting
Chenchita's Group Garden, 1691-93 Madison Avenue bet E. 111th & E. 112th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, free
 
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