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Ulster County: Go Solar Hudson Valley Informational Session #2
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm

WHERE: Clinton Avenue Methodist Church, 122 Clinton Avenue, Kingston, NY

Solar power makes all the sense in the world for consumers, and for communities fighting climate change. But as solar moves closer to the mainstream, it can hit barriers. Local zoning and permitting processes may not be solar-friendly. Potential customers may be confused by the range of choices. The average time it takes a household to make a solar purchasing decision is two years. Catskill Mountainkeeper and Sustainable Hudson Valley Community are launching a campaign to change that. Please join us!

Go Solar Hudson Valley makes it easier to roll out solar power by removing barriers and providing affordable financing solutions. It combines free technical assistance with grassroots marketing strategies that have proven their power to scale up solar purchasing through trust-building, information-sharing and people-to-people buzz, like Southern Tier Solar Works and Solarize-CT which has expanded solar in the state by 8 MW in under two years.

To make these successful approaches available in Hudson Valley communities in 2014 – 2016, we will:
• Provide free training programs for Municipal Staffs and Elected Officials
• Roll out “Solarize” campaigns in clusters of communities at a time
• Create excitement by connecting solar with public art and local revitalization

For more information, please visit

Reps of local government and community based organizations are especially encouraged to attend.

Orange County – $aving Energy Together: Learn about Programs to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Generate Your Own Energy
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 6 @ 7:45 pm

Come learn to the Albert Wisner Public Library, 76 Drew Rd, Warwick, NY on November 6th at 6:30 pm to learn about how you can save money on your utility bills and make your home safer and more comfortable.

Meridith Nierenberg of RUPCO’s Green Jobs-Green NY program will present an informational workshop covering energy efficiency tips for the upcoming heating season, and residential energy efficiency and renewable energy programs offered by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program offers homeowners a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and home comfort. Meridith will explain how you can access a free comprehensive home energy assessment, and pay for energy saving upgrades through grants, incentives, and low-interest financing. These options allow you to make your home energy efficient with no money out of your pocket.

In addition, you will hear from Bill Makofske, the Energize Warwick energy coach, who will describe the homeowner technical services that Sustainable Warwick offers to complement the NYSERDA Home Performance with Energy Star Program, and how you can donate $200 to a local non-profit of your choice when you can complete the program. Michael Helme, a local resident, will share his experience upgrading his home’s energy efficiency, and adding solar to his home. We also expect to have a solar installer that can talk about the specifics of adding solar panels on your home and generating your own energy. This workshop is sponsored by local community group, Sustainable Warwick and RUPCO’s Green Jobs-Green NY Program.

For more information, please contact Meridith Nierenberg, RUPCO at 845-331-2140 ext. 267 or

Rockland County – Flicking the Switch Workshop @ New City Library
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Educational workshop on the different options for electricity providers in NY State and ways to conserve energy and become more energy efficient.

Cash in for the Holidays ~ Stay in the Green & Out of the Red @ The Kirkland
Nov 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Learn to save BIG this holiday season at our Open House
for local business owners and their employees.

Join us for a lunch-n-learn with tips to stretch your gift-giving dollars
Enter to win $100 in gift certificates from local businesses

For more information,
call (845) 331-9860, ext. 220

RSVP suggested at this FREE event as space is limited

Cash in for the Holidays ~ Stay in the Green & Out of the Red @ The Kirkland
Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Learn to save BIG this holiday season with tips to stretch your gift-giving dollars

Food, Financial Advice
Kid-friendly Activities
Gift-certificate Drawing

For more information,
call (845) 331-9860, ext. 220

RSVP suggested at this FREE event as space is limited

Full Calendar


Hudson Valley Communities Partner With RUPCO
RUPCO’s Green Jobs Green New York Team (GJGNY) has been, and is always, on the move! And thanks to them, hundreds of homes in the region are now safer, cleaner and less costly to heat and cool than »


Krista DuBois Ortiz

RUPCO Storytelling – A homeowner’s dream come true. See Krista’s inspirational story.

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Theresa Handleman