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ITHACA, N.Y. – Renovus Solar is excited to announce the launch of the Tompkins Community Solar Initiative!

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This two-part initiative is designed to make solar affordable and accessible to everyone. This initiative invites Tompkins County residents who still haven’t gone solar or who may have missed out on similar community solar programs last year to receive community bulk buying discounts now being extended to everyone in the county.

Renovus Solar is also going to be introducing the first local solar farm option as the second part of this initiative. This will extend the possibility of going solar to renters, homeowners with non-viable solar sites, or anyone who may be considering changing their residence in the future.

During the month of August, Renovus Solar will be hosting a series of community meetings around Tompkins County showcasing this initiative and educating the public about current incentives for going solar.

It’s imperative that community members learn how to access the current incentives before they expire at the end of 2016. These meetings will be free and open to the public. A complete list of events is viewable at

Across the country, similar-minded homeowners have teamed up to work together to collectively benefit from the economic and environmental impacts of solar energy through bulk buying.

Tompkins Community Solar Initiative will be offering deeply discounted bulk purchasing rates to all homeowners in Tompkins County looking to go solar. The bulk purchasing, or group rates, are significantly lower than those of traditional solar purchasing.

Tompkins County has seen great success with similar programs in the past and Renovus Solar is proud to be carrying the momentum forward with this initiative.

Renovus Solar will also be launching an innovative program that will dramatically change the energy landscape of Tompkins County by offering remotely located solar systems that allow anyone to own solar today.

Here’s how it works: Individually owned solar systems live on leased space at the Renovus Solar Farm. The electricity generated is remote net metered back for use at the system owner’s home or business. This option makes owning solar viable for renters, homeowners whose property is not viable for solar, and people who may change their residence. Simply, anyone who pays an electric bill, can now own solar. If the system owner chooses to move and does so within the same utility area, they simply switch the remote net metering to the meter at their new location.

It’s simple and Renovus Solar will help you through the process. If the system owner moves out of the utility area Renovus Solar can buy the system back. This is a great option for people who want to commit to a clean energy future but been able to do so until now.

Tompkins Community Solar Initiative open events will be held across the county during the month of August, starting with a kickoff launch event at Ithaca Beer Company on Tuesday August 4th with presentation from 7-9 p.m.

Additional events include:

• Tuesday, August 11th from 7-9 p.m. at The Space at GreenStar in downtown Ithaca

• Wednesday, August 12th from 7-9 p.m. at the Danby Town Hall in Danby

• Thursday, August 13th at Hopshire Farm & Brewery in Freeville

• Monday, August 17th from 7-9pm at the Rongovian Embassy in downtown Trumansburg

• Wednesday, August 18th from 7-9 p.m. at the Enfield Valley Grange Hall in Enfield

• Tuesday, August 25th from 7-9 p.m. at Bacchus Brewing Company in downtown Dryden

All community members are invited to attend these free meetings.

Please visit to learn more about Tompkins Community Solar Initiative and to see a complete calendar listing of upcoming community meetings.

Community partners include the City of Ithaca, GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Ithaca Beer Co., We Are Seneca Lake, Good to Go, and WSKG Radio.

Contact Jon McNamara at (607) 277-1777 or email for more information or to sign on as a community partner.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.