NEW YORK, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BlueRock Solar, the solar energy affiliate of BlueRock Energy an award-winning energy solutions company that provides electricity, natural gas and renewable energy products to businesses and residential customers, today announced the launch of BlueRock community solar projects.
BlueRock Solar General Manager Michael Francis will spearhead these shared community projects that aim to make solar accessible to all New York State residents and businesses.
An estimated 75 percent of the population does not currently have the ability to invest in and utilize solar power. BlueRock Solar's upcoming projects will give all New York State residents the opportunity to benefit from solar by tapping into off-site solar farms and using net metering – a method which credits solar energy participants for the electricity they add to the grid.
"Our community shared solar projects will provide a new, innovative way for New Yorkers to access clean solar energy, bringing even more efficient energy services to our customers," says Michael Francis, General Manager of BlueRock Solar. "Customers who typically cannot afford or are unable to participate in solar projects and utilize solar power now have the opportunity to do just that."
President and CEO of BlueRock Energy and BlueRock Solar, Phil Van Horne, is looking forward to offering current and future customers even more choice and savings.
"With the majority of the population unable to invest in solar, whether it be that they are unable to install panels on their rooftop because they rent their space, have a shaded rooftop or unsuitable roof space, or because they simply cannot afford the options that are presently on the market, we are excited to be expanding into the solar market and offering even more savings to the population and our 18,000 plus customers," says Phil Van Horne, President and CEO.
Each BlueRock Solar project will be able to power up to 200 homes per year, limited to 2 megawatts per project, with specific zones being announced in coming weeks. This new solar division also plans to expand similar projects to BlueRock Energy's customers in Pennsylvania and Connecticut in the near future.
About BlueRock Energy
BlueRock Energy is a privately held energy solutions company that provides electricity, natural gas and renewable energy products to more than 18,000 customers across New York,Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The team at BlueRock provides businesses and residential customers with unique energy plans designed to keep it simple while reducing costs.
To learn more about BlueRock Energy, please visit www.bluerockenergy.com.
About Community Distributed Generation
According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) regulations, project developers partner with utility companies, and each project must have a sponsor, who owns or operates the project, organizes the membership and interfaces with the utility. The sponsor may be the project developer, a private company or other entity. Any utility customer may be a member of a project in the same utility and New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) zone. Each project must have at least 10 members, and each member must be allocated at least 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
To learn more about Community DG, Shared Renewables and Net Metering, please visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/