In this week's Newsletter: Introducing Affordable Solar NY, Solar One is hiring an environmental educator, willdfires rage through Tennessee and much more!
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Introducing Affordable Solar New York

Solar One, GRID Alternatives Tri-State and Co-op Power today announced the launch of Affordable Solar New York. The nonprofit initiative will bring low-cost solar power to affordable housing providers in New York, which provide critical housing and services to low-income residents. Solar can significantly reduce energy costs for both operators and tenants, yet up-front costs, credit scores and complex financing remain significant barriers for this sector to access the technology.

Affordable Solar New York will address these barriers by providing no-cost technical assistance, reduced-cost installation and zero-down financing options to Housing Development Fund Corporation cooperatives and other affordable housing providers in New York City. Projects will include both job training and energy efficiency education opportunities for residents.

“To reach Mayor de Blasio’s landmark OneNYC vision for a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient New York City, all New Yorkers will need the ability to tap into the cost and energy saving benefits that solar energy can provide,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “I applaud Solar One, GRID Alternatives, and Co-op Power on the launch of Affordable Solar New York, an important step toward a more inclusive energy landscape in New York City.”

Through Affordable Solar New York, the partners plan to develop and install a number of multifamily affordable solar projects in 2017 and facilitate dozens more through technical assistance. The initiative dovetails with new state funding for low-income solar announced last week by Governor Cuomo, which could further reduce costs for housing providers.

If you are an affordable housing developer, and HDFC, or low or moderate income resident in NYC and would like to know more, please click here and fill out a short survey and we will get back to you.

Want to learn more? You can read the rest of this story on the Solar One blog here.

Calling All Environmental Educators! Solar One Is Hiring!

Are you a college graduate with experience teaching science to middle- and/or high-school students, and leading professional development trainings for teachers? Do you love the environment and want to help us teach kids to love it too? 

If you answered "yes" to the questions above, please throw your hat in the ring to become Solar One's new full time Educator. You can read all the details of the position at Idealist.org here, and you can learn more about Solar One's Green Design Lab curriculum here.

 

Tennessee Is Burning

Eastern Tennessee has seem some of the most prolonged, destructive wildfires in years after two teens set fires that ignited hundreds of acres of drought-parched woods. To date, 14 people have died, 14,000 have had to evacuate their homes and the damages are projected to be as high as $500 million, and the perpetrators could face life in prison.

The irony is that Tennessee is one of four states, along with Florida, Louisiana, and North Carolina, that allows teachers to “present alternatives” to the scientific understanding of climate change in the classroom. 

The fires harmed more than 2,400 buildings in the Gatlinburg area, including more than 2,100 homes and almost 60 businesses destroyed, officials have said. For the first time since the fires, Gatlinburg officially reopened to the public last Friday, and its main downtown district was largely unharmed. While firefighters tried to contain the fire before it reached Gatlinburg five days after starting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, they were unable to because of the severe drought conditions and winds as high as 87 mph which knocked down power lines and ignited still more fires.

Gatlinburg is located in Tennessee's Sevier County, where 79% of residents voted for climate denier Donald Trump. You can read more about these devastating fires on Grist.org here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

We currently have no events scheduled, but there may be some more Park Volunteer events before the end of the year. For more info, please contact park@solar1.org.

Other Events


12/16
NYC Friends of Clearwater Holiday Party
Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson Street bet W. 3rd St & Washington Sq S., Manhattan, 6:30-10pm, free

12/18
Christmas Bird Hunt with the Lower East Side Ecology Center
East River Promenade at Grand Street, 8:30-10am, free

12/20
Rally: Tell LIPA It's Time for Offshore Wind!
Midtown Manhattan, 313 West 31st Street bet 8th & 9th Aves, Manhattan, 8:30am-2:30pm, $10

12/21
350NYC Divestment Working Group
New York Society for Ethical Culture, Room 508, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free
 
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