US utility Con Edison has plans to partner with the New York City Housing Authority to expand its portfolio of renewable and distributed energy, ensuring grid reliability and providing consumers with affordable electricity.
The utility is proposing to install solar panels on the roofs of the housing authority's developments.
If approved, Con Edison will install solar panels for some 350 low and moderate income households, at discounted prices, under the Community Power initiative.
Tenants could save an estimated $78 a year on their energy bills and up to 30 NYCHA residents will receive paid job training and then be hired to install the panels.
The proposed 1MW solar initiative will avoid the emissions of more than 1.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
Margarett Jolly, director of Demonstration Projects for Con Edison, said: “The NYCHA tenants who participate will get the benefits of renewable energy without the upfront costs that can make solar energy challenging to afford.
We want all our customers to have access to solar energy, energy efficiency and other products and services that technology is making possible.
“Community Power,” is the second initiative by Con Edison to make solar energy available to low-income customers. In another project, the company will place panels on buildings it owns and make the power available to low-income customers, initially providing 3MW to up to 1,600 customers.
Other project partners include WE ACT for Environmental Justice, which will help enroll customers, Green City Force to recruit NYCHA residents for paid solar installer apprenticeships and Co-op Power will finance, own and operate the solar projects whilst Resonant Energy will support project development.