The renter’s guide to going solar

Tips for renters on going green with solar energy

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)- It’s easier than you’d think to tap into the grid, even if you’re in a rental.

Experts at Solar Liberty describe the grid as a giant bank; on every sunny day, solar panels are saving more and more energy for that bank, so that on rainy days, they can make a withdrawal.

“Remote net metering” is what allows us to transfer that saved energy from solar panels to the grid.

For people who don’t own their home, they can purchase energy from the grid, to use whenever and wherever they want.

Electric companies usually handle remote net metering on a case-by-case basis, but staff at Solar Liberty told News 4 shared solar projects are growing more popular.

“Community distribution. It’s like the newer vision of the New York State community solar projects. Where there’s like a huge array of solar panels and then people can buy off those solar panels to offset their electric bills,” said Senior Project Manager Michael Prinzi.

For renters in apartments, it’s the same process, you’ll just need to have your landlord sign off on it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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