Onondaga County Recently, seven local organizations partnered together to create a grassroots solar power initiative called “Solarize Syracuse”. Its mission is to provide residences in the greater Syracuse area with solar power, saving both money and the planet.
Solarize Syracuse is a coalition of local nonprofit organizations — Alliance for a Green Economy, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, Frack Action, Greening USA, New York Interfaith Power and Light, Peace Action CNY and Syracuse Peace Council — and community members who have come together to increase the amount of solar energy in the city of Syracuse and surrounding towns. The main goal of Solarize Syracuse is to help people overcome the usual obstacles to solar which include the cost, the perceived cost and the complexity of the process.
To reduce the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power in Onondaga County, Solarize Syracuse encourages the region to use clean, sustainable energy via solar power. The initiative offers bulk discounts and streamlining in order to make the process of installing solar panels easier. People can sign up for the program until Sept. 30, when the bulk discounts will end. The best concept about buying bulk is that it takes away from the challenge of a resident trying to change to solar by themselves. Instead, many people are joining together to change to solar, Jessica Azulay, Alliance for a Green Economy program director, said.
“We’re offering people this opportunity to take collective action,” Azulay said. “Taking individual action can feel very daunting. It can often feel like there’s nothing you as an individual can do to make a dent in [the environment]. This program really helps people take an action in the community and know that by taking this action, other people are going to be inspired by it and go solar as well. You’re bringing down the cost together.