Generate More Than You Use

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By Chris Hoffman

(Madison County, NY – May 2013) I have a friend who could be the poster boy for sustainable living. He grows his own vegetables. He heats his house with a wood stove, and when the stove is going, plans meals so that he can use it to cook as well. […]

Hamilton Town Council Hears from PCD, Continues Budget Work

Submitted by Chris Rossi

(Hamilton, NY – Oct. 2012) Our Oct. 11 Hamilton Town Council meeting opened with news from Shannon Montaro from the Partnership for Community Development. The PCD is a unique non-profit organization created as a collaborative effort of the village and town of Hamilton and Colgate University. All three entities provide financial […]

Morrisville State College Students Help to Install Second Solarize Madison Solar PV system

Glenn Steed, installation coordinator at Arista Power, Inc., works alongside Morrisville State College student Josh Monroe.

Morrisville State College student Steve Sgarlata works on panels.

Morrisville State College faculty, staff and students and a representative from Arista Power stand in front of the completed solar photovoltaic system. (Phots by Jan Myers)

From left, Kyle Adams, […]

Town of Hamilton Budget Development Underway

Submitted by Chris Rossi

(Hamilton, NY – Sept. 2012) The Sept. 13 Hamilton Town Council meeting started with news of Barb Coger Day to be held Sept. 26 in the village of Hamilton. The Town Council thanks Barb for her work in making the Hamilton Library such a vibrant and welcoming place.

August highway work […]

Town of Hamilton: Stenographer Sought, Impact of Gas Development Discussed

By Chris Rossi

(Hamilton, NY – Aug. 2012) The Aug. 9 Hamilton Town Council meeting was held in the Village Court House to accommodate a presentation by our town attorney.

We transacted our usual town business, approving bills and discussing bids for sand and fuel oil.

We were updated on road repairs around […]

Madison County Community Exceeds Solarize Madison’s Expectations


(Madison County, NY – Aug. 25, 2012) Solarize Madison announced that interest in Solarize Madison County has exceeded expectations and that the program is still open for enrollment until the registration deadline. Participants must enroll in the program by Sept. 30 to benefit from the discounted pricing that the program offers.

The campaign’s […]

Solarize Madison to Host Educational Workshops

(Morrisville, NY – July 2012) Workshops will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Charlton Hall, Room 125 at Morrisville State College.

Solarize Madison, the bulk-purchasing solar initiative sponsored by Madison County, is off to a very promising start with nearly 170 in attendance at the Q&A sessions held throughout the county at the end […]

Alternative Energy for People, Not Profit


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By Chris Hoffman

Unlike hydrofracking or wind farms, both of which claim to be “the answer” to growing energy needs, and both of which primarily benefit the energy companies rather than individual homeowners, solar energy has the potential to create electricity specifically for the use of individuals.

And Madison County is […]

Installers Selected for Solarize Madison County

(Wampsville, NY – June 2012) Solarize Madison announced the selection of its two installers for its Solarize program, a grassroots effort to help homeowners to overcome the logistical hurdles of going solar and to grow Madison Counties renewable energy workforce.

The local installers selected are Arista Power, Inc., a Rochester-based developer, manufacturer, and supplier of […]