Get the Latest Solar Technology from SunCommon

Get the Latest Solar Technology from SunCommon

the solar canopy is the latest solar technology from suncommon

Bright ideas never stop

Now and in the future, the solar industry must continually improve, innovate, and develop new technology in order to fight climate change and replace fossil fuels. While our last blog focused on solar battery backup as an important development in energy security, this one will highlight some of the latest solar technology SunCommon has to offer, with creative solutions that will lower your long-term energy costs, improve reliability, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Solar technology is nothing new. We can date it back to at least 212 BCE when the mathematician Archimedes used a “burning glass” (a lens that concentrates the sun’s rays) as a weapon to incinerate an invading Roman fleet. Even what we consider modern solar technology is older than you might think: the solar photovoltaic effect, which is how solar panels turn light into electricity, was discovered in 1839 by French physicist Edmond Becquerel.

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The Solar Canopy has you (and your EV) covered

In case you hadn’t heard, rooftop solar isn’t the only game in town. Handcrafted from FSC Certified timber, SunCommon’s Solar Canopy is designed to be a beautiful addition to your property. Offering a comfortable, covered space for storage or relaxation (shady hammock, anyone?), our Canopy can also function as a fossil-fuel-free charging station for your electric vehicle!

The most innovative aspect of the Solar Canopy is its bifacial solar modules. These specially designed panels capture sunshine from the top and the bottom, making the Canopy our most efficient solar system per square foot.

Tesla Solar Roof: New solar technology that’s basically invisible

We’re excited to announce that SunCommon can now offer customers the Solar Roof. This is the latest solar technology from Tesla that combines both solar and non-solar roof tiles for a rooftop solar system that’s nearly indistinguishable from a traditional (shall we say “unempowering”) roof. 

At a cost comparable to a new standing seam metal roof plus your current electric bill, you get a workhorse of a roof that’s durable, warrantied for 25 years, and offers all the usual environmental benefits of going solar. Get to know Tesla Solar Roof here.

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It’s not just the latest solar technology we’re innovating… Our financing options are improving, too.

We know a lot of people would go solar in a flash if they weren’t worried about the upfront cost. But part of our mission is to break down barriers to clean energy, so we’ve made going solar even more accessible by offering financing options. 

With no upfront cost and a low monthly payment, SunCommon customers can realize major savings over the life of their solar system compared to what they would pay their utility. (And let’s be real: utility rates are only going to rise in the coming years). Get the scoop on our financing here.

And when it comes to reducing overall solar costs, we’re the experts on available incentives. If you’re in New York, check it out here; if you’re in Vermont, get incentive info here.

New ideas will shine through

As a country — and as a planet — we’ve only just begun to tap the potential of solar power to transform our energy systems. That’s why innovation, in all its forms, is so very critical, and why we’ve built it into our business model.


We hope you’ll keep up with all our exciting developments.

In the meantime, if any of the latest solar technology piques your interest, you can reach us via the “old” technology options: call or email anytime!

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Net Metering: What’s It All About?

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Net Metering: What’s It All About?

Have you ever heard someone say that it’s no use going solar up North because there’s not enough sunlight? It’s true that in the higher latitudes of the United States, the days are pretty short for half the year, which in turn means not much solar production. 

But the flipside is that as short as those fall and winter days are, they’re that much longer in the spring and summer. In fact, for many days of the year, we receive far more sunlight than the average home needs to run on solar power.

Now, if only there was a way to capture that extra sunlight to use during the darker months… Turns out there is! Utility companies in New York and Vermont are required to compensate you for solar energy you produce. This system is called Net Metering, and it’s what helps make solar financially accessible for a lot of homeowners.

Net Metering helps you become your own power plant

Let’s say on a particularly sunny spring day, your solar panels produce more energy than your household uses. All that extra electricity doesn’t go to waste — it actually gets fed back into the electric grid. Your utility company keeps track of any extra energy your panels produce and credits it to your account.

At the end of a billing cycle in which you generated more power than you used, your utility will send you a statement showing your balance of banked solar credits, and your bill will effectively be zero. At the end of the summer, you’ll have tons of solar credits on your account because of all those long sunny days where your panels made more energy than you used. 

Later in the year when the days get short again, your solar home will use more power than it generates. This is when your banked credits become useful. At the end of your billing cycle, instead of charging you for energy you used from the grid, your utility will just subtract from your banked credits, and, once again, your bill is effectively zero.

Another way to think of it? You’re basically your own mini power plant, selling solar energy to your utility in the summer to pay for your power needs during the winter.

We crunch the numbers for you

Our job as your solar provider is to do all the complicated math — taking into account the angle of sun onto your roof, the amount of energy you’ll likely use in a year, etc. — and build you a custom solar system that will produce just enough excess energy during the summer to pay for your energy needs during the winter. Ideally you’ll run out of banked credits in the spring just as the days start getting longer again.

Heads up Vermont: net metering is changing soon!

You may have heard that the state Net Metering incentive (sometimes called the “solar adder”) is decreasing on September 1, 2022. This means that new solar customers in Vermont will be compensated less by their utilities for the solar energy they generate.

Going solar will still be a cost-saving energy solution thanks to net metering, but if you want to get the most savings out of solar, we recommend you check it out now before this change takes effect. It’s not too late to lock in today’s incentive rate.

Want to get the most savings out of solar?

There’s still time to sign up before this change takes place. Get in touch to see how SunCommon can help you lock in today’s incentive rate!

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With Battery Backup, You’re In Charge

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With Battery Backup, You’re In Charge

While the West is plagued with extreme heat and wildfires, the East Coast is dealing with intense hurricanes and record-breaking rainfall. No matter which side of the country you’re on, it’s time to admit that the effects of climate change will continue to challenge us for the foreseeable future. That may be disheartening, but it doesn’t mean we’re powerless to reduce its impact in our daily lives.

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One great way to protect ourselves against the impacts of our changing climate is home energy storage. If you have solar at your home, or are taking steps to have solar panels installed, you may have the opportunity to add solar battery backup which can keep your home running in the event of a power outage. So when the weather gets rough, your heat, well pump, refrigerator, oven, internet and more can keep on powering through.

How It Works

Your solar panels and your battery are a dynamic duo, each with an important role in supporting your energy needs. Solar panels generate energy during the day, feeding it to your battery which stores solar energy so you can use it when you need it — such as when the power goes out, or even just at night.

In contrast to generators, which are loud, dirty, and require regular maintenance to be functional when you need them, a home battery backup system is quiet and clean, and requires no upkeep. In the event of a power outage, your battery backup operates all by itself, automatically and seamlessly kicking in so you won’t even notice a disruption.

Powerwall Powers Through

While there are a few battery backup products on the market, SunCommon currently relies on the Tesla Powerwall, thanks to its proven success in powering Tesla’s electric vehicle fleet, as well as the 650+ battery systems we’ve already installed!

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How long will solar batteries last on a full charge? The answer depends on whether you use your battery to run your entire house or just to provide power to “critical loads” like your furnace in the winter, well pump, fridge and freezer, etc. One Tesla Powerwall unit can store 14kWh of electricity, so if you keep your usage low, it’ll last about a day. Two Powerwalls will double your capacity, which you may want to consider if you live in an area prone to long-term power interruptions.

Another important factor is how long it takes to charge Powerwall with solar panels. This depends on how much energy your panels are able to generate, which in turn depends on a number of factors, including the time of year, cloud cover, and temperature. Under ideal conditions, when no power is being drawn, an 8kW solar array (about 21 panels) can fully charge a Powerwall in 8 hours.

A More Predictable Future

Installing solar panels at your home or business is an important step that many New Yorkers and Vermonters are taking to put us on a path toward a clean energy future. But going solar with battery backup is an even smarter investment.

Why? For one thing, utility rates are unlikely to come down in years to come, and in fact, as the need for grid infrastructure repair and expansion grows, rates are only more likely to increase. With solar, you lock in your energy costs now and avoid any future rate increases. There are also financial incentives available not just for solar but also to help offset the cost of adding battery backup

Secondly, there’s a lot about climate change that’s out of our control. Extreme weather is something we’re just going to have to get used to. But we can also prepare for the uncertain future, starting right now. Installing a solar battery backup system at your home puts power, both literally and figuratively, where it belongs: in your own hands.

Feeling charged up about battery backup?

We’d be pumped to talk to you about it!

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Solar Panels For Your Home

Solar Panels For Your Home

You’ve likely been hearing a lot about the booming housing market: right now, an extremely tight supply of available houses combined with hyper-eager buyers are driving prices sky-high. If you’re a home seeker committed to owning in the next year or two, the solution might be a new build. And if that’s your plan, we’d like to suggest you start thinking about construction from the top down with rooftop solar.


Home Sweet Solar-Powered Home

It’s been a few years since Elon Musk declared that by about 2032, “it will be unusual for a house to not have solar roofs.” While he clearly has a financial stake in that prediction, we all have a stake in the effort to help our planet avoid the worst effects of climate change. 

Installing solar panels for your home during the construction phase can often be price competitive with more standard roofing options. But it’s over the long-term that residential solar really shines.

Solar Can Top That

Firstly, most solar homeowners produce more energy than they use during the long, sunny days of spring and summer. Through a process known as net metering, solar homeowners sell this extra energy back to their utility and can use the credits they earn to offset electricity bills later in the year.

Secondly, for years down the road, solar panels can save homeowners quite a bit as the cost of utility-provided energy continues to rise while solar payments remain fixed. (Curious about how much you could potentially save? We’ve done some math for you!)

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Back It Up

It’s becoming more evident every day, with heat waves and storms causing outages, that our changing climate will impact our ability to receive continuous utility power. You can bypass this nuisance — and help make the whole grid more resilient — by adding battery backup to your residential solar system.

Battery backup paired with solar allows you to sail through outages virtually unaffected for up to days at a time, much to the envy of your neighbors making dinner over a camp stove or firing up their noisy generator.

Are We Having Funds Yet?

The nice thing about including solar as part of your new home construction is that your solar panel cost can be financed as part of the mortgage, which can help you save significantly over the lifetime of the system, especially if you lock in a low interest rate.

And don’t forget, there are federal and state incentives out there to help make your residential solar dreams come true. For example, if you go solar by December 31, 2022, you can take advantage of a federal tax credit worth 26% of the cost of your solar system! (Heads up though, this credit drops to 21% in 2023 and is set to expire in 2024.)

But Wait — There’s Still More!

Even if you’re not planning on making this your forever home, there’s another benefit to getting solar panels for your home: resale value. The math’s been done on that, too, and realtors confirm it: solar systems add an average of $26,000 to your home’s market value!

Homes equipped with solar panels generally experience a higher market value by virtue of all the potential cost savings and reliability factors we’ve highlighted, but also due to a growing cultural interest in living more sustainably.

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Ready, Set, Go Solar

Once you decide you want solar panels on your home, be sure to let your builder or contractor know in advance. Also, while some builders are able to install solar panels during construction, they may not be experts, and you’ll likely want to entrust that part of your investment to someone who specializes in solar. 

At SunCommon, we’ve worked with hundreds of builders to incorporate rooftop solar in their construction projects. We’ve even put together this handy guide to help set you and them up for best success.

You’ve got the property, you’ve got your plan, you’ve got your builder — what’s left on the to-do list?

Contact us. We’re ready to hit the roof for you.

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Sustainable Wedding Registry

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Say “I Do” To Solar With A Sustainable Wedding Registry

You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that 2021 will be a major year for weddings. And that’s not simply accounting for nuptial celebrations that were postponed. We all know couples who hunkered down to weather the pandemic together—at least a few of them will have determined they actually can live together in sickness and in health, in showerless days and endless video streaming nights.

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But today’s soon-to-be newlyweds won’t just pick up where the pre-pandemic world left. In the before-times, the most pressing wedding planning concern might have been whether to get a DJ or a live band. But things have changed. Beyond the tragic global health crisis, we find that the pandemic provided an unprecedented chance for people to pause and reflect on what matters. Perhaps more than anyone, young couples about to start their future together are imagining what they can do to live more mindfully.

That’s not to say menu selection and seating arrangements aren’t still critical to planning the big event! It’s just that many couples today are looking to plan and host a more sustainable wedding than they might have before… Which is where solar power comes in!

Perfect For the Couple Who Has Everything

Historically speaking, wedding gifts and registries often reflect the social priorities of the era. Remember when a full set of China and silverware for entertaining guests used to be essential? How about all those kitchen gadgets that ended up in a closet or on eBay?

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A more recent trend is a honeymoon or house down payment fund that helps couples get a jumpstart on a comfortable life together. But for couples who already own a house, the addition of solar power to their home can be a meaningful gift, providing not just a greener footprint but a way to control their future energy costs.

Residential Solar: A Bright Idea

The cost of solar panels can vary quite a bit depending on where the array will go, available incentives, and other factors, but an average 10-kW system costs generally between $17,000 and $24,000. Similar to collecting funds for a down payment on a house, a wedding registry could allow friends and family to pitch in towards making the newlyweds’ solar power dreams come true.

SunCommon doesn’t require a downpayment to go solar, but any upfront payment certainly helps make it more affordable in the long run.

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Another Option? Community Solar!

Sometimes installing residential solar just isn’t feasible. Maybe the couple lives in a condo, or the conditions at their home aren’t quite right. In that case, another great option is Community Solar.

Pointe of Praise Community Solar Array

With Community Solar, SunCommon installs a large photovoltaic array at an optimal site. Local residents then sign up for enough solar panels to cover their estimated annual energy needs. The local utility receives data on how much energy the array produces, compares it to how much energy the homeowner uses, and provides a financial credit on the monthly bill accordingly. (Learn more about community solar here.)

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(The green perks of community solar don’t end there! When SunCommon develops a community array, we incorporate pollinator-friendly plantings around the site’s perimeter.)

Sign Me Up, Sunshine!

How can you make a solar gift registry happen? Sites like Honeyfund allow you to set up a cash registry for all kinds of things — a “flexibility fund” can be used to pay for a new photovoltaic installation.

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wedding registry options on honeyfund

Cheers To A Brighter Future

We hope sustainable weddings go beyond being a hot, new trend and become an enduring tradition that sets both the happy couple and the planet on a path toward a healthy, meaningful future. Want to learn more? We’ve got lots of ideas — about solar… not centerpieces. 😉

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Staff Community Service Day

2021 SunCommon Community Service Day

For over a year now, much of the SunCommon team has been working remotely, and all-staff gatherings have been suspended. But graced with good weather and increased access to vaccines amongst our staff, we paused operations for a day to give each other the opportunity to reconnect after a year apart, provide service to our community, and expand our mission impact by planting carbon-sequestering trees. 

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On May 14th, 130 SunCommoners spread out across 8 different sites across Vermont and New York and worked with local conservation groups on a range of projects to expand sustainable ecosystems and clean water systems.

From planting pollinators at a CSA site to planting trees along riverbanks, our efforts allowed us to connect with the land and with each other. Below are some of the stories we captured.

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Pollinator Planting in Kingston, NY

In 2019 and 2020, SunCommon installed two Community Solar Arrays at the Pointe of Praise church in Kingston to provide affordable, clean energy to the church and its parishioners. As part of our service day, we planted a pollinator garden at the newer array for the bees and butterflies, and to beautify the area.

Flood Plain Reforestation & Carbon Sequestration in Jericho, VT

Planting trees not only helps with flood resilience, it is also the biggest and easiest way to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to mitigate climate change — so, a natural fit for SunCommon! Between three sites in Vermont, we planted over 3,100 trees (obliterating our previous tally of 1,200 in 2019) through our partnerships with Friends of the Winooski River and the Vermont Land Trust.

Tree and Shrub Planting at Esopus Creek, NY

In partnership with The Kingston Land Trust, we tackled a variety of conservation projects along the Esopus creek! Our efforts will help address climate change through carbon sequestration as well as mitigate flooding. The team also connected with their work on a deeper level by recognizing the indigenous history of the land.

Tree Planting in South Burlington, VT

We planted trees on a parcel of land conserved by the Vermont Land Trust to create “functional buffers.” These areas help protect wetlands and floodplains from further erosion, improve fish and bird habitats, along with so many more benefits. Learn more here.

There are so many ways to do your part in addressing the climate crisis. Planting a tree is one way. Going solar is another. Get started today.

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Customer Experience Matters

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When it comes to going solar, customer experience matters.

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There are a lot of factors to weigh when deciding to go solar. From whether your property has a good solar profile, to the monthly cost, to your return on investment, it’s a decision that requires a thoughtful process. 

But once you decide to go for it, there’s one more essential step: choosing the best solar company to handle the job. That means getting to know your potential solar providers before you sign the contract so you can be sure they’ll be a good partner from day 1 and for years to come.

Here’s where SunCommon shines like a bright and cloudless sunny day: as a locally owned and operated company, we’ve built our business model on being not just a great installer of solar, but also a good neighbor, dedicated to the satisfaction of our clients.

So what does it take to give our customers an amazing solar experience?

Good communication is our first priority

At SunCommon, we never underestimate the critical role that good communication plays in ensuring that your project goes smoothly — and also in making it an exciting (and dare we say fun?) customer experience!

We set expectations upfront so that the sometimes-complex process of going solar is as clear as possible. At every stage of the project, we want our customers to know what has been completed and what’s coming next. (In fact, we hire our staff not just for their techie know-how, but also for their people skills!)

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“From beginning to end, nothing but great service, professionalism and friendliness. Constant contact with what is happening — I was never in the dark.”

SunCommon Customer | Rhinebeck

Coming soon for new SunCommon Customers:

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Bodhi is a platform that gives solar customers critical updates during their permitting, installation, and project commissioning phases.

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Problem solving for the best answer

When you’re as passionate about your company’s mission as we are, everyone in the organization is committed to rolling up their sleeves to work for their customers. And it’s not always a cut-and-dry solution. Sometimes our technical knowledge and experience with financial incentives will do the trick, and other times we tap our ingenuity and perseverance to come up with the best solution.

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“SunCommon worked through some difficult situations with me and, in the meantime, were fighting to get an affordable loan.”

April D. | Burlington

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Integrity matters. Big time.

At SunCommon, we know our clients make decisions based on our expertise and the quality of the information we provide. That’s why we take our estimates very seriously and build our pricing models based only on historically relevant and geographically specific data. Some national companies use national data—but are utility rates in Texas relevant in New York or Vermont? Not likely!

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“I have been with this company for three years. I just reviewed the original estimates they gave me with my three years of bills. The estimates were right on target.”

SunCommon Customer | Delmar

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Commitment that doesn’t quit

Lastly, you want to work with a solar company that will help you out beyond “flipping the switch.” If a problem arises after your solar is up and running, SunCommon will be there for you. And whenever you want to expand your solar capacity or add battery backup, you’ll already have a great relationship with a responsive, helpful, friendly local business you trust.

When you’re a company that prioritizes the customer experience, it shows… especially on review sites like SolarReviews. And, modesty aside, we’ve shared a few testimonials (over 100 and counting) on our website.

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“We started with an 8kWh system in 2012 that took about 4 weeks and expanded it with a 5kWh system just finished in early 2014. The expansion took only 2 weeks because all of the wiring was already there, and the newer system was joined to the old system.”

Karen F. | Hudson

Here’s another great way to get a feel for who we are:

Talk to one of our expert Solar Advisors! We’re always happy to answer your toughest questions and work hard to achieve your solar aspirations. Ready, set, go solar!

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5 Easy Ways Toward More Sustainable Living in Saratoga

Sustainable Living in Saratoga Springs at State Park

5 Easy Ways Toward More Sustainable Living in Saratoga

Let’s face it: thinking about climate change can get overwhelming really quickly. The world is an enormous place, and the degree to which humans (especially industry) negatively impact the environment can feel beyond our control.

If you’re thinking, “How can one person make any kind of difference, even if I really want to?” It’s true, you personally probably won’t. But once you shift the mindset from “I” to “we,” everything changes.

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Take this blog, for instance. You’re not the only person reading it, and as the headline suggests, we’re going to give you some simple but useful ideas for more sustainable living in Saratoga. If you then share those ideas, they’ll spread further into the community. And if enough people embrace them, and share them again and again, we can truly help build a brighter future all together.

Top 5 Ways Toward More Sustainable Living in Saratoga:

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1. Get on Board with Bikes

Have you heard about the CDPHP bicycle sharing program in the Capital Region? There are more than 400 bikes available at over 80 stations across Saratoga Springs, Albany, Schenectady, Cohoes and Troy. It’s a fun, earth-friendly, convenient way to get around, and it’s earth-friendly!

2. Tap Our Springs

We all know that Saratoga is known for its amazing spring water. Why not enjoy it at home by bringing empty bottles to Saratoga Spa State Park’s filling station? Kicking store-bought water to the curb saves you money, not to mention major energy costs and plastic waste. Different springs contain different minerals (and, some say, healing properties!), so do a little research ahead of time to find one that appeals to you. 

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3. Dig into a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) isn’t just good for you and your family, it’s a great way to sustain our local farmers. Pitney Meadows Community Farm offers a Pick-Your-Own CSA that gives you hands-on access to great produce all growing season long.

4. Where’s Your Compost Bin?

Composting your food scraps requires little effort a big difference in reducing the amount of methane-gas-contributing waste in our landfills. Check out Sustainable Saratoga to get started composting!

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5. All Hail the Hybrid Cab

Sometimes you just need a lift, so when cab service is required, opt for a cleaner, greener fleet. Saratoga Hybrid Cab serves the Capital Region with local taxi and airport service using fuel-efficient, gas-electric hybrid vehicles.


Small changes (like composting) and bigger changes (like going solar) are both important, even if they seem like small drops compared to the tidal wave we need to address climate change. Not only do all these small drops add up, they also make a statement to others that the time is now to pool our efforts and make a bigger impact.

Just how big is your carbon footprint?

See for yourself:


Looking to make an even bigger impact? Chat with SunCommon — Your go-to residential solar company!

We’re pretty sure you know some of the advantages of green energy, like breaking up with fossil fuels, but did you know that going solar could reduce your electricity bill by as much as 90%? Or that you could be eligible for New York State and Federal incentives to help cover the cost? (Heads up though, some of New York’s best incentives are being reduced soon, so don’t wait.)

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Looking for the Best Solar Company?

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Looking for the Best Solar Company?

Hi There. We’re Here for You.

OK, so you’ve done your research: solar power is the most cost effective renewable energy source that saves you money, raises your property value, works reliably, and is better for the environment. It’s decided — you’re ready to switch to solar! (Cue parade music and ticker tape ribbons!) 

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Tap Our Sunny Disposition… and Our Expertise!

Getting ready to join the clean energy family is an exciting time, and we’ve got a few feathers in our cap we can share so you know you’ll be working with the best solar company out there. We’ve won a few awards (check out our accolades here) and have been recognized by NYSERDA as a Quality Installer with Gold Status (which means we rank super high on their faves list). We’re a preferred partner with New York villages and cities for the development, installation, and financing of Community Solar Arrays

We’re also thrilled to offer more than 15 years of installation expertise in New York, and we’re committed to giving you an incredibly positive experience, just like we did for thousands of other solarized New Yorkers — some probably right in your neighborhood.

More Reasons Why SunCommon is the Best Solar Company

Perhaps most significant to our customers is the fact that we’re locally-owned and operated. We live and work in the communities we serve, which means we have better insight into our customers’ particular needs. We’re not sure the same can be said about providers headquartered in Texas or California — in fact, we’ve heard stories of cost-savings estimates based on national stats that had no bearing on local conditions, which can be pretty misleading!

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“Wow, SunCommon, sign me up!”

Smart plan! Spring is the ideal time to plan your solar project with us (find out why here), so if you’re ready to commit, here are a few things you can do to help get the ball rolling:

  1. Make sure your roof is in good shape and not in need of repair or replacement. 
  2. Determine what direction the slope of your roof faces. You’ll want plenty of exposure to the sun, but that doesn’t always mean your roof needs to face south. Or, make sure there’s a sunny spot on your property where a ground-mounted system could go.
  3. Find out what financial incentives are available to you. In New York, there may be state incentives in addition to federal tax credits.
  4. Locate your most recent electric bill so we can estimate your power needs. 

If you’ve decided that SunCommon is the best solar company to handle your project, give us a shout! We’ll answer any questions and then start rolling up our sleeves for you right away.

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The NYSERDA Solar Incentive is Decreasing — Get the most out of solar while you can!

The NYSERDA Solar Incentive is Decreasing — Get the most out of solar while you can!

If this spring weather has you thinking about going solar, you aren’t alone! Spring is a great time to capture the sun’s rays because the days are finally long enough to bank credits for next winter. Another reason this spring is a good time to go or solar is that a major New York incentive is about to decrease, resulting in around $1650 of lost savings for the average solar system.

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New York has the best solar incentives in the country

When you go solar at home in New York state, you’re eligible for several incentives that make solar more affordable. They include the federal tax credit, the New York state tax credit, and the NYSERDA solar incentive. This NYSERDA incentive will be decreasing sometime this spring. Read more about all New York incentives here.

What’s happening with the NYSERDA solar incentive?

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, better known as NYSERDA, allocates funding for residential solar projects in “blocks.” Each block has a different incentive rate, and they step down gradually over time. The current block is set at 35¢ per watt — which means for an average sized home solar system, the state will cover $3,850 of the purchase price, paying it directly to the installer for you.

But this current funding block is nearly depleted and will run out sometime this spring. Once it’s gone, the next funding block only provides 20¢ per watt, or about $2200 for an average sized system. Which means that waiting to go solar until summer could cost you $1650 in lost incentives.

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Are all solar incentives going down?

It’s true that, by design, most incentives decrease over time and eventually go away. For example, the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) for solar was scheduled to drop down to zero by the end of 2021, but in an unexpected move by congress, it received a 2-year extension as part of the recent stimulus bill. It is now scheduled to phase out entirely by the end of 2023. 

The New York state solar tax credit covers 25% (up to $5000) of the cost of your system and does not currently have a scheduled end date. 

Go solar before April 30th to lock in NYSERDA’s current rate

With long days and home improvement season officially upon us, now is the perfect time to look into solar (and even energy storage!) for your home. And to sweeten the deal, SunCommon will guarantee NYSERDA’s current incentive rate for anyone who signs up for solar before the end of April 2021.

Schedule a time to chat with one of our expert Solar Advisors before this incentive drops!

Our team is available for virtual home visits to explain the various options and programs that are available to your home, so that you can go solar, save money, and do good by the planet all at the same time. 

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