Solarize Campaigns Defined

What is a Solarize Campaign?

Solarize campaigns via NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program help local homes and business go solar together through locally organized community outreach. Working side by side, Solarize members can negotiate rates collectively, select an installer competitively, and decrease up-front costs associated with going solar. Solarize campaigns have helped hundreds of households and businesses access clean, locally produced power throughout the State.


There are 2 types of Solarize campaigns.

Rooftop Solar: campaigns that focus on getting a group of homes and businesses in an area to install solar panels directly on their properties. Rooftop solar installations offer a way to harness the power of the sun through panels installed on the roof of the home or business.

Community Solar campaigns focus on getting a group of homes and businesses in an area to start or join community solar projects. Community solar projects are an array of solar panels installed in a sunny, offsite location. Community solar allows residents and businesses to benefit from solar if they can’t (or don’t want to) install panels on their respective properties. Participants in community solar projects get credits toward their electricity bill by subscribing to a local clean energy project. Community solar installations must be built within the same electricity service areas, as determined by utilities and transmission operators. Visit this map to see where community solar installations are being developed near you.

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