Tompkins Community Solar Initiative kicks off Tuesday with first info session at Ithaca Beer

August 4, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Renovus Energy wants to make clean, affordable solar power available to everyone, and thanks to their Tompkins Community Solar Initiative, they just might be able to pull that off. The company is hosting the first of a series of info sessions around Tompkins County this Tuesday evening at Ithaca Beer Company's brewpub, and more sessions will follow over the next couple of weeks.

Mariah Rose Dahl of Renovus says the initiative will help bring solar power's benefits even to "non-homeowners and homeowners with non-viable solar sites" through community bulk pricing and access to the company's "solar farm," a large solar array that uses shared land in the community.

It's a reflection of the fact that not all homes are suitable for solar generation; many have trees or other objects leaving enough of the home's roof or open land in shade for enough of the day that solar collection isn't effective. Many other area residents who'd like to benefit from solar energy are renting, and can't add solar collection equipment to their homes.

The kickoff session at Ithaca Beer Company, in Ithaca's southwest at 122 Ithaca Beer Drive, near the intersection of Route 13 and Route 13A, is Tuesday, August 4th at 7pm. Ithaca Beer is providing complimentary beer for attendees.

Other planned info sessions will be at the Space at GreenStar in Ithaca's west end on Tuesday, August 11th, at Danby Town Hall on Wednesday, August 12th, at Hopshire Farms and Brewery in Freeville on Thursday, August 13th, at the Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg on Monday, August 17th, at the Enfield Valley Grange Hall on Tuesday, August 18th, and at Bacchus Brewing in Dryden on Tuesday, August 25th. All of the sessions are scheduled from 7-9pm.

More details are available at www.tompkinscommunitysolar.com.

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