Solar farms are popping up across the state, and so are programs using solar power. You don’t necessarily have to put panels on your property or make an investment — households and small businesses can sign on to a community solar program to save money on electricity costs. Community programs pool the solar power generated by multiple solar farms. Those in a program share in the electricity generated by those farms — and benefit through savings on their electricity bill.
In Ontario County, programs include one discussed this week in Naples for New York State Electric & Gas customers. Another program, for customers of Rochester Gas & Electric, will be the subject of a meeting Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua. Both programs are free to join and guarantee savings on electricity costs.
On Wednesday, about 40 Naples residents turned out at Naples High School to learn about a program through Solar Farms New York. Annie Almekinder, a member of the Naples Big Green Committee promoting environmental causes, said the program offers savings for subscribers while promoting renewable energy. The committee researched companies offering community solar programs and working with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Solar Farms New York came recommended, she said.