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Town of Geneva residents will see additional solar power savings

Town of Geneva residents have a new option for savings on their electric bills.

The town has signed a contract with Delaware River Solar to provide solar power under the town’s Community Choice Aggregation program. Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti says residents will automatically receive savings on their NYSEG bills unless they choose to opt-out of the program.

A town news release explained the Community Choice Aggregation program:

Maximizing Savings with Solar

The Town of Geneva passed a resolution to approve community choice solar as a way to include the guaranteed savings community solar delivers as a default energy option. In 2019, the municipality endorsed an opt-in community solar pilot that supported local renewable energy generation while delivering guaranteed savings to participants. By including community solar as a default energy offering rather than an opt-in basis, the town can make the benefits of community solar available to the entire community while removing enrollment hurdles and eliminating the need for a second bill for community solar in favor of consolidated billing that accounts for community solar as part of a consumer’s standard NYSEG bill. In March, Joule issued a Request for Information (RFI) from solar project developers. The new community solar offering is expected to launch later this year.

Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti, said, “The joint effect of the two programs sponsored by the Town makes it easy to support renewable energy. 100% NY renewable on the fixed-price contract is a little higher than non-renewable, but community solar, coming later this year, will provide a credit of about 10% off the electric bill; so, people who stay in both programs are supporting a sustainable future at little cost, and perhaps a saving, depending on how the regular electricity market goes over the next two years.”

“Constellation is proud to provide the Town of Geneva with price certainty and the opportunity to support the adoption of renewable energy,” said Kevin Klages, senior vice president, Constellation. “As a leading national competitive energy supplier with deep roots in serving New York customers, we look forward to supplying electricity to Geneva’s residents and small businesses.”

The town signed a contract with Constellation as its main electricity supplier last July 1.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti below.