Community solar customer acquisition and management service provider PowerMarket announced a partnership with the City of Kingston, New York to manage subscriber acquisition, billing and customer service for the city’s Kingston Community Solar program. Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) and state-designated Disadvantaged Community (DAC) households will have access to locally generated solar power, delivering a savings of up to 15% on electricity bills. More than 6,000 households in the City of Kingston — comprising 67% of the city’s total households — are eligible to participate in the program.
Kingston Community Solar is a program of Kingston Community Energy, the city’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) initiative. The program represents the first phase in Kingston’s comprehensive CCA strategy, leveraging the power of numbers to enable residents to participate in affordable, clean energy solutions.
Subscribers of Kingston Community Solar will connect to the upcoming Moores Hill Community Solar Project, a 3.7-MW solar farm in New Windsor, New York, being developed by PowerMarket’s partner, Lodestar Energy. Community solar credits will be applied directly to participants’ utility bills. The project is expected to be operational in 2024.
“PowerMarket is dedicated to making clean energy accessible to everyone. To that end, we have partnered with forward-thinking project developers, municipalities and affordable housing leaders across New York state to deliver savings to LMI households via community solar subscriptions,” said Eric Dahnke, founder and CEO of PowerMarket. “We are especially excited about the Moores Hill project and our work with Lodestar to bring the benefits of clean energy to disadvantaged households in the City of Kingston.”
PowerMarket will work with Mid-Hudson Energy Transition (MHET), a Kingston-based non-profit organization who is serving as the city’s CCA Administrator, to oversee community outreach, manage the enrollment process and handle program administration. PowerMarket is hosting a dedicated Kingston Community Solar website that allows residents to learn more and enroll online.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with PowerMarket. Their technology seamlessly handles the complexities of billing and credit distribution, allowing us to focus on our core mission: empowering local communities and driving equitable access to clean and healthy energy resources in the Hudson Valley,” said Jasmine Graham, executive director of Mid-Hudson Energy Transition.
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