More info sessions for Tompkins Community Solar Initiative include Thursday at Carriage House

November 11, 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 has several more info sessions scheduled around the Finger Lakes, including this Thursday at the Carriage House Cafe.

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.

Dozens came to Ithaca Beer in August for the first presentation about the community solar initiative. 14850 Photo.Dozens came to Ithaca Beer in August for the first presentation about the community solar initiative. 14850 Photo.The first info session was held at Ithaca Beer Company in early August, drawing dozens of attendees who wanted to learn how they could take advantage of solar power even if they couldn't have equipment installed at their homes.

For Thursday's session, from 7-9pm at the Carriage House Cafe on Stewart Avenue in lower Collegetown, Renovus says they'll cover parking in the Cornell-owned lot at the corner of Stewart and Williams. Parking on the street nearby is free after 6pm, but if you do need to park in the lot, which offers paid parking with the ParkMobile app, let Renovus reps know your license plate when you get to the event, and they'll cover your parking fee.

Upcoming community meetings include Wednesday, November 11th at Steuben Brewing Company in Hammondsport, Thursday, November 12th at the Carriage House Cafe in Ithaca, Tuesday, November 17th at Hazlitt's Red Cat Cellars in Naples, and Thursday, November 19th at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, Thursday, December 3rd at Cortland Beer Company in Cortland, and Wednesday, December 9th at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. All of the sessions begin at 7pm.

A special info session geared toward Downtown Ithaca businesses interested in going solar will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd in Center Ithaca, from 6-8pm.

More details are available at www.tompkinscommunitysolar.com.

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