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Ithaca, NY – Tonight Renovus Solar is launching the Tompkins Community Solar Initiative with a kickoff community meeting Tuesday, August 4th at Ithaca Beer Company from 7-9pm. This two-part initiative is posed to transform the energy landscape of the region as it makes owning solar affordable and accessible to more people than ever before. All Tompkins County residents who still haven’t gone solar, or who may have missed out on similar community solar programs last year, are eligible for deeply discounted community bulk solar prices. Renovus Solar will also debut the first local solar farm project, extending the possibility of going solar to renters, homeowners with non-viable solar sites.

Throughout the month of August, the Tompkins Community Solar Initiative (TCSI) will be hosting a series of community meetings around Tompkins County to showcase this initiative and educate 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 TompkinsCommunitySolar.com.

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. TCSI 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. This is possible because individually owned solar systems will 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 haven’t been able to do so until now.

Tompkins Community Solar Initiative 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 a presentation from 7-9pm. All community members are invited to attend these free meetings.

Additional events include:
· Tuesday, August 11th from 7-9pm at The Space at GreenStar in downtown Ithaca
· Wednesday, August 12th from 7-9pm 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 7-9pm at the Enfield Valley Grange Hall in Enfield
· Tuesday, August 25th from 7-9pm at Bacchus Brewing Company in downtown Dryden

Community partners supporting the Tompkins Community Solar Initiative project include the City of Ithaca, GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Ithaca Beer Co., We Are Seneca Lake, Good to Go, WSKG Radio, Tompkins County SPCA, Full Plate Farm Collective, and Local First Ithaca.

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