Success Story

Community Solar Enables New York Housing Authority to Realize Savings and Mitigate Risk

NY Community Solar

A New York State Housing Authority was inundated with information and had been approached by many different companies regarding onsite solar installation. The Housing Authority was looking for guidance on project financing, solar energy solutions, risk assessment and procurement. The client didn’t have the resources to conduct an RFP process, or evaluate the complex details of each proposal, to ensure they received the greatest cost savings while also mitigating any potential risk exposure.

Usource’s energy procurement and renewable energy teams worked with the client to assess their desired results and process, which included:

  • Analyzing their current proposal for on-site installation and advising that it would not be their most effective option with regards to their financial goals and desired timeline
  • Providing multiple community solar bids through a comprehensive RFP process via a robust network of supplier
  • Financial analysis of best offers and a competitive negotiation to ensure client objectives were met in the final negotiated deal

The resulting energy strategy met both of the client’s objectives of obtaining multiple bids from pre-qualified suppliers and choosing terms that best fit their longer strategic goals. Usource also provided the client with the energy expertise to negotiate a complex contract and mitigate future risks. As a result, the housing authority received a 12% savings on their utility bills, an increase of 2% over the proposed standard of 10%. The housing authority may expect to spend approximately $63,000 per year on their utility bill.

By utilizing Usource’s expertise, they could potentially save $189,000 over the course of the contract, $31,500 above the standard savings. In addition, the entirety of the bid and negotiation process only took four weeks, giving the client a solution that could be finalized and implemented very quickly, allowing them to begin realizing savings almost immediately through a subscription to a solar project that was owned and operated by someone else.  This saved the housing authority from having to build or construct their own solar project on their site.

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  • 12% savings on utility bill – 2% more than average
  • ~$189,000 in savings over the term of the agreement*
  • 3-year agreement signed with provider of choice
  • 4-week process from start to finish

*Savings may vary

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