Our work to tackle the climate crisis is two-pronged: pass ambitious legislation to impact larger political systems while working within existing frameworks to expand renewable energy solutions on the ground.
We are a member of NY Renews, an unprecedented statewide coalition of 100+ organizations fighting for climate policies grounded in equity and justice for communities and working people. We are community-based organizations, environmental justice groups, labor unions, faith-based organizations and other advocates working together to ensure New York achieves ambitious and far-reaching climate solutions.
NY Renews’ ambitious legislative platform calls for
- New York State to commit to climate sustainability with a binding goal of 80% emissions reductions by 2050 and a path toward 100% clean, renewable energy.
- New York State to dedicate 40% or more of climate investment to environmental justice and low-income communities.
- The creation of good local jobs in clean energy and protections for workers impacted by the current transition.
- New York to create an ambitious program to transition the state to a 100% clean energy economy backed by significant funding.
Community solar can refer to both community-owned projects as well as third party-owned systems whose electricity is shared by a community. The purpose of community solar is to provide members of a community access to the benefits of solar power even if they cannot install solar panels on their own property. Community solar projects can take several forms, from community group purchasing, off-site shared solar, or on-site shared arrays. The graphic below illustrates the various ways community solar can be implemented:
Our work in community solar currently focuses on community group purchasing with churches and other nonprofit organizations on Long Island. This work is part of a larger movement to democratize our energy systems. Energy democracy means centering community ownership, decision-making, and equity at the heart of a renewable energy economy.