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Community Solar: Giving New Yorkers the Power to Thrive

Fifty years ago, in the midst of the energy crisis, Halfmoon converted its town hall to solar energy and generated all the electricity needed to power the building. The nation’s first solar-operated commercial building received national attention, earning Halfmoon the nickname “Solar Town, USA.” Although energy costs dropped in the 1980s and the town hall was reverted to conventional energy—Halfmoon’s ... Read More »

Renters in NYC Can Live Green, Save Green

In New York City, nearly 70 percent of residents rent their homes. That’s twice the national average. While cost is a key factor for city dwellers who opt to rent over purchasing a home in the Big Apple, other considerations such as lifestyle and flexibility also play a role. For example, a young professional might have his or her heart ... Read More »

How Can Upstate New Yorkers Benefit from Community Solar?

While Halfmoon is named after its bow-shaped piece of land resembling a crescent moon, the town is gaining praise for embracing the sun. Dubbed “Solar Town, USA” in the late 1970s for being the first community to install solar panels on its town hall, the nickname began to fade several years later when energy costs dropped and the hall was ... Read More »

Energy Efficiency Improvements for New Yorkers

Throughout New York, residents are looking for ways to conserve energy. Aside from creating a more sustainable future, energy efficiency improvements will save you money in the long-run, and can even increase your home’s resale value. Every home in the Empire State is different, as are the benefits associated with various upgrades. These will depend on your priorities, the age ... Read More »

New York City: A Model for Sustainability

Residents of Manhattan are stuck in the mid-1920s. These city dwellers consume gasoline at the same rate the American public did when the Ford Model T dominated the dirt roads. The convenience of proximity and availability of public transit make owning a vehicle unnecessary—enabling residents of the Big Apple to live inherently sustainable lifestyles. “Most Americans, including New Yorkers, think ... Read More »