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Ithaca, NY – On Wednesday, September 23rd Renovus Solar will welcome community members to celebrate the opening of our newly renovated facility at 1520 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY.

At 1pm, there will be a Ribbon Cutting with the Tompkins and Trumansburg Chamber of Commerce followed by an Open House with tours of the facility from 2-6pm.

During the Open House, community members are invited to tour the new facility and get a firsthand look at the people and resources that are transforming the energy landscape of this region.

“We look forward to sharing the space with our community and thank everyone for their support over the last 12 years” said PJ Beck, Operations Manager at Renovus.

“One of the reasons that working out of our new facility is so exciting is that it helps us appreciate how far we’ve come in the past few years; Renovus began in one small building on Cherry Street with 8 employees” said Dakota Potenza, who has been with the company for 8 years.

The new Renovus Solar facility, which includes both an office building and warehouse, has been disconnected from the natural gas supply and will be powered by 100% solar by the end of the year.

The new Renovus facility has also been built to accommodate the growing business. Renovus has added over 50 new, permanent jobs-just in the last year alone-and are continually adding more.

Joe Sliker, CEO of Renovus Solar says “Solar is rapidly expanding and Renovus is a thriving regional business. We are prepared to hire many more employees over the next year, offering great, long-term clean-energy jobs in the Finger Lakes region.”

“It has taken generations to build our region’s economy, which is why we put so much value on our team and on our business. We have invested substantially in creating a strong company where people love to come to work. Their wellbeing is important to us” says Alex Hagen, CFO of Renovus solar.

The company’s ability to dynamically approach the burgeoning solar industry has enabled its growth.

“We understand that in order to keep up with the demands of the industry, we must be adaptable and willing to hone our process. That said, we don’t just want to keep up – we strive to innovate. Our new Solar Farm is one of the most exciting endeavors we’ve taken on, and we are thrilled to be making solar more accessible than ever before.” says Jon McNamara the company’s General Manager.

Renovus’ Solar Farms enable renters, homeowners with non-viable sites, business owners, and others who have been previously locked out of solar to own a clean energy system.

These solar systems are individually owned but housed on the Solar Farm. The energy they produce is attached to the owner’s monthly NYSEG bill to offset electricity costs.

Now, if you pay an electric bill to NYSEG, you can go solar. This is possible through net metering, a law that requires NYSEG to credit solar system owners for the energy their system produces at the same rate they would pay the electricity grid.

As long as the solar system is connected to the utility grid, it can be anywhere within NYSEG territory, offsetting energy costs at your home or business. Renovus will break ground on the first of many Solar Farms by the end of the year.

Locally owned and operated Since 2003, Renovus has designed and installed thousands of renewable energy projects throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Their experience with clean energy systems is extensive, with a reputation built on excellent design, the highest quality products, efficient installation, and overall care.

After over ten years of developing renewable energy technological design and installation, Renovus now focuses solely on commercial and residential solar electric systems.

“We focus on solar electric because it’s the future of renewable energy” says Sliker, who has led the company in its outstanding growth over the past 4 years. “We love serving the Finger Lakes region. It is our home. We believe everyone can have access to clean energy and we are committed to making that happen. ”

Contact Jon McNamara at (607) 277-1777 or email for more information. Please visit to learn more about us and how you can go solar today.

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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.