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Let the Sun Power Your Home

Solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity to power lights, computers, and electric appliances. Solar electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, can help you save as much as 50% on your monthly electricity bills. Follow the steps below to take full advantage of incentive programs in New York State.


Go Solar in 5 Steps

 

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Conduct a home energy audit and increase overall efficiency.

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Find a participating contractor to learn about installation options.

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Inquire about financing options and incentive programs.

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Work with the contractor to apply for solar permits and submit project applications.

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Receive project approval and begin construction.


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Conduct a home energy assessment and increase overall efficiency.

Heating and cooling your home, on average, accounts for 50% of your utility bills. Take advantage of free or reduced-cost home energy assessments to determine how you can save money on your utility bills.

After you have completed your home energy assessment, you can maximize home performance through energy efficient techniques and save money by reducing household energy use.


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Find a participating solar electric installer to learn about installation options.

NYSERDA has pre-approved solar electric installers* to assist homeowners with the solar installation process. Your solar electric installer will inspect your location and determine system size, provide financing options, assist with paperwork for incentives and permits, and perform the installation.


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Inquire about financing options and incentive programs.

Low-interest financing is available for homeowners, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations through the NY-Sun Initiative. Participating NYSERDA Solar Electric Installers will assist in applying for incentives and may offer additional financing options.

The Clean Power Estimator is a free online tool that generates a solar report that summarizes your solar installation costs, available incentives, monthly electric bills, and more. One example of the Clean Power Estimator’s solar report for the average residential solar installation in Yonkers, which is 6 kW (6,000 watts).

 


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Work with the contractor to apply for solar permits and submit project applications.

 In Yonkers, the local solar market is exploding. In fact, there were more solar rooftops installed in 2014 than in the previous 10 years combined. And while we're seeing this incredible growth across the entire country, the problem remains that every community has a different set of rules when it comes to solar permitting.  This creates delays and adds costs.  So in Yonkers we’ve adopted the New York State Unified Solar Permit – this is a state-wide effort in support of streamlined solar permitting. This new permit makes it clear exactly what is required when applying for a solar permit through the Department of Housing and Buildings.

 

 

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Receive project approval and begin construction.

NYSERDA will notify the contractor of the status of your solar project application. Determinations will be issued within 14 days upon receipt of a complete and accurate solar permit applications. The City of Yonkers will provide feedback within 7 days of receiving incomplete or inaccurate applications. If an inspection is required, a single assessment should be sufficient and will be provided within 7 days of the request.

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CONTACT US
Heliana Higbie
Director of Sustainability
City of Yonkers
(914) 377-6547
heliana.higbie@YonkersNY.gov