Barrio Solar program launches to help low-income Brooklyn residents in going solar

Barrio Solar installation in Brooklyn

Fifth Avenue Committee, in partnership with Solar One and with support from Enterprise Community Partners, has launched Barrio Solar, a program to provide financial assistance to low- to-moderate income Brooklyn homeowners to help them install rooftop solar panels.

Solar can help homeowners lower their Con Edison bills, lower their property/income taxes, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The campaign is open to all Brooklyn homeowners, and participants will receive free solar consultation from trusted non-profits and discounted pricing through a solar purchasing group.

The first 25 low- to moderate-income homeowners that sign up will receive a campaign-specific incentive of $3,500 to apply toward the cost of solar panels or roof repairs, helping make solar affordable to the homeowners who can benefit most from the savings.

Barrio Solar is also connecting homeowners who can’t install solar with local community solar projects that provide guaranteed utility bill savings.

Solar One is an environmental nonprofit that runs programs to bring the benefits of clean energy to all New Yorkers. Its Here Comes Solar program expands access to solar by providing solar feasibility analysis, financing consultation, and project implementation support to building owners, government agencies, utilities, and community organizations. Solar One has facilitated more than 700 successful solar projects in the NYC metro region since 2014, primarily in low- income communities.

Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) is a 44-year-old comprehensive community development corporation and chartered NeighborWorks member based in South Brooklyn. FAC’s mission is to advance economic, social, and racial justice in New York City through integrated, community- centered affordable housing, grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and transformative education, training, and services.

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