Sustainable CUNY Launches NYSolar Smart SunShares Program

The City University of New York is participating in a NY-Sun pilot program for CUNY employees, their families and friends who are interested in going solar.  NYSolar Smart SunShares is a limited time group purchasing program that aims to reduce the costs of installing solar through educational workshops and by leveraging the collective purchasing power of a designated group, whether they live in a single or multi-family dwelling.
The greater the number of homeowners in the group who complete a solar installation on their homes, the better the discount, hence ‘group purchasing’. The CUNY SunShares Program will run from September 9th through December 9th, 2015.The program uses a tiered-pricing structure that could go as low as $2.99/watt, which is among the lowest pricing in the country.

How to Participate:

1. Learn about the program. Visit the program website to learn about the benefits of solar and how simple and cost effective solar installation can be through NYSolar Smart SunShares. Attend an informational workshop or webinar, NYSolar Smart SunShares is an educational program that wants to help homeowners understand the basics about solar and if it is good for their homes. First informational
2. Schedule a no-obligation site assessment. NYSolar Smart SunShares has conducted a competitive bidding process, screened, and selected two accredited contractors who have provided a tiered level of pricing you can view on the website. The program will work with you and the selected contractor to schedule a site evaluation for your home. Once you receive a proposal, there is no obligation to move forward with your project. You can also track group milestones on the webpage, like how many of your friends and neighbors have joined and what the current cost per watt is for the program.
3. Install If you decide to move forward with your project, sign your contract by December 31st, 2015 to take advantage of the discounted program pricing and schedule your installation; all projects will be completed by mid-2016.
NYSolar Smart SunShares’s technical advisers are available to answer any questions you have throughout the program. To learn more about the SunShares program and how you can participate please attend our first informational webinar on Friday, September 25th at 12:00 PM.