Renovus makes solar available anywhere

Homeowners no longer have to have big, sunny roofs or yards to receive the environmental and tax benefits of solar energy. A 350-kilowatt, ground-mount photovoltaic solar array, owned by 36 families, has been completed by Renovus Solar in a field near Trumansburg. The owners of panels receive power from New York State Electric & Gas Corp. and a credit on their bill equal to their share of the power generated by the solar farm. Renovus is leasing a field from the GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, next to its offsite camping and parking area on Jacksonville Road, in the Town of Ulysses, for the installation. A ribbon-cutting event was held there Tuesday. While solar installations away from the home are not eligible for state income tax credits, the project’s cost was reduced by a $140,000 incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, said Houtan Moaveni, assistant director of NY-Sun for NYSERDA.