Orange & Rockland and Central Hudson utility customers gain access to cheaper, cleaner energy thanks to Community Solar.

March 12, 2020 — Solstice Power Technologies and ForeFront Power have announced that two community solar farms in Orange and Ulster counties have turned on for customers of Orange & Rockland and Central Hudson utilities.

Community solar allows residents to enroll in a local, shared solar array to support more clean energy to the grid and save money on their monthly electric bills–without making changes to their properties or paying to join. Now that these solar farms are officially online, subscribers have begun to receive 10% savings on their monthly bills. The projects in Middletown and Ellenville produce 6 megawatts (MW) of energy, enough to power about 800 households.

“Community solar is a proven and reliable way for households and businesses to access low-cost solar energy without worrying about upfront costs, rooftop installation, or aesthetic concerns, given that the panels are remote.  The savings almost magically appear on your regular utility bill, without changing your existing utility service wires.” said ForeFront Power Vice President Bryan Eckstein. “ForeFront Power is excited to be part of New York State’s vision to deliver six gigawatts of solar by 2025 under Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal.”

ForeFront Power is the owner and operator of the Middletown and Ellenville solar projects.  In order to enroll local residents as subscribers to these community solar farms, ForeFront Power partnered with Solstice, an organization focused on bringing equitable clean energy access to all households. ForeFront Power currently operates 48 MW of solar in New York alone, serving nearly 8,000 households and businesses across the State, with more community solar projects under development.

“Community solar expands clean energy savings to those that cannot install solar on their rooftop or afford to buy expensive renewables,” said Solstice Co-Founder and CEO Steph Speirs. “These 800 participating households are now enjoying clean energy savings, many for the first time in their lives, and are finally able to benefit from the growing green economy.”

By subscribing to community solar, local residents can help New York reach its clean energy targets. According to projections and the US EPA, the clean energy production of these two solar farms over their 25 year life equates to 68,281 tons of coal not burned, 26,314 passenger vehicles not driven for one year and 286,941 barrels of oil not consumed.

About Solstice

Solstice is dedicated to bringing affordable solar power to the 80% of Americans who cannot install a rooftop system. Solstice offers turnkey customer solutions for the shared solar industry, enrolling households and community organizations, creating financing innovations that expand access to underserved Americans, and providing a frictionless subscriber management software platform for community solar projects. To learn more, please visit

About ForeFront

ForeFront Power is a leading provider of solar energy and battery storage solutions for public sector, utility, business, and residential customers across the United States and Mexico. Our team has delivered over 900 MW of wholesale, virtual, and behind-the-meter projects during the past decade. ForeFront Power’s proven development expertise, off-balance sheet financing, and best in class asset management enable us to provide our customers with the highest quality solar and storage products, helping to reduce expenses and achieve sustainability targets with clean, affordable energy. Headquartered in San Francisco, ForeFront Power has offices in New York and Mexico City. To learn more, please visit