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State watching solar companies as push to grow customer base continues

As residents report increasing mail and phone calls about buying into community solar farms, state officials offer resources to make sure they know who they are dealing with, while still taking advantage of renewable energy and possible savings on electric bills.

Officials at the state Department of Public Service (DPS) say community solar projects, referred to as Distributed Energy Resource providers (DERs), are an important part of the state’s clean energy plans.

“Distributed clean energy resources are critical to building an energy system that will meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal target of 70 percent clean and renewable energy in New York by 2030,” John D. Chirlin, of the DPS Office of Public Affairs, says.

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