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OnForce Solar Awarded $6 Million by NYSERDA

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Charles Feit, CEO and founder of OnForce Solar, Inc., a leader in the design, finance, and installation of large-scale solar electric systems for commercial customers, announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently awarded the company an additional $6 million to develop and construct large-scale solar projects in New York State under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative.  With this newest round of funding, OnForce has been awarded more funds than any other company nationally under this very competitive award program.

With projects from Niagara Falls to Staten Island, OnForce is the clear leader in New York State Solar development. OnForce is in the final stages of launching a 1.1MW project in the South Bronx which will be the largest solar array ever constructed in New York City.

Mr. Feit stated, “Thanks to the strong support of Governor Cuomo and the NY-Sun Initiative, we have over $40 million of solar energy projects under various stages of development, permitting and construction throughout the state, and we project this number will double to $80 million by the 1st quarter of 2014 “.

In addition to the South Bronx project, OnForce is about to break ground on a 2.5MW project at the West Nyack Landfill under a Power Purchase Agreement with the town of Clarkstown. The project will consist of more than 8,000 solar panels and will operate through a new remote net metering program with Orange & Rockland. The power will be allocated to various city owned buildings. OnForce will own and operate the solar facility, and The Town of Clarkstown will purchase all of the solar generated electricity over a period of 20 years.  OnForce is developing additional solar on landfill projects throughout the country based on this unique public/private model.

OnForce is actively seeking rooftops to “rent” where the firm will install, own and operate solar systems under the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) structure, providing substantial savings to the property owner. OnForce also has many other financing alternatives and mechanisms to make this investment easy and seamless for the business/property owner. OnForce Solar is also one of a few select Companies with the ability to do large-scale solar projects in New York in coordination with NYSERDA.

OnForce Solar has developed strong relationships with photovoltaic manufacturers, warranty certified roofers, financial institutions, and utilities to provide clients with opportunities to go green in a financially advantageous manner. The company manages every aspect of the solar integrated installation -from site acquisition to engineering and long-term maintenance, so customers get all the benefits of solar power as quickly as possible.  OnForce Solar has completed and advised an excess of 40MW of Solar PV with a pipeline of around 60MW.

“We’re very proud of our company’s collective accomplishments, its strong contribution to the proliferation of solar in New York, the many jobs we’re creating, and the positive impact we are having in all the communities in which we operate.” stated Mr. Feit.

About OnForce Solar, Inc:
OnForce Solar, Inc. is a NY corporation founded in 2007. It is headquartered in The Bronx of New York City and has offices in Fort Lee, NJ, Stamford, CT & Framingham, MA.

In the last year OnForce has doubled its installation and operations staff utilizing the local labor pool. OnForce is widely recognized as an authority in New York City’s complex solar process. For additional information on OnForce Solar please visit OnForcesolar.com.

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OnForce Solar Expands Residential Program to Massachusetts Market

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OnForce Solar, Inc., a prominent New York solar installer and one of the fastest- growing companies in the country according to Inc. 500 rankings, announced today that it is expanding its rapidly-growing residential solar program to Massachusetts.

Through a partnership with Sunrun, the nation’s leading home solar company, OnForce Solar will now allow Massachusetts residents to install home solar for a fraction of the typical upfront cost.   Sunrun owns, maintains and insures solar panels on a homeowner’s roof and OnForce manages the installation.  A homeowner avoids high upfront cost and pays a low, predictable rate for clean power.

OnForce Solar currently offers Sunrun solar power service to residents in New York serviced by ConEdison, Orange & Rockland, Central Hudson & LIPA utilities.

Our home solar program in New York has helped hundreds of homeowners save money while creating many new green jobs in local communities,” said David Sandbank, president of OnForce Solar.  “We are excited to do the same in Massachusetts.”

To learn more about residential solar power service in New York & Massachusetts, contact OnForce Solar at: 800-411-SOLAR or visit the company online at www.onforcesolar.com. Follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.

About OnForce Solar

Headquartered in Bronx, NY, OnForce Solar provides design, engineering, installation, maintenance and financing of solar energy systems for residential and commercial customers in NY, NJ, CT & MA.  Inc. Magazine recently ranked OnForce Solar as the 42nd fastest growing company in the nation and the 5th fastest in NYC.

OnForce Solar Acquires Stake in Lita Brothers General Construction

onforce-solar-logo-2 (1)OnForce Solar  has acquired a stake in Lita Brothers General Construction, a commercial and residential roofing company located in Bergenfield, New Jersey. The purchase positions the company to meet the needs of its present and future customers in New York, which is one of the fastest growing solar energy markets in the United States. “Since a rooftop solar project has a lifespan of 25 years, in order to take advantage of the full life of the system and any warranties, the roof must also last 25 years,” explains Charles Feit, CEO and founder of OnForce Solar, who notes that repairs to solar integrated rooftops can be costly as panels must be relocated to service roofs. “The two businesses go hand-in-hand and this strategic investment provides our customers with the ease of a one-stop shop to satisfy their needs for both a new roof and a solar installation.”
Lita Brothers also saw this partnership with OnForce Solar as an opportunity to expand their roofing business. In fact, the two companies have worked together on multiple solar projects recently, including: a 202 kilowatt installation on a 37,800-square-foot roof for Harco Industries, Inc.; a 472 kilowatt project for General Plumbing Supply; as well as a 400 kilowatt project on a 143,000-square-foot roof for Price Master Corp, which will be one of the largest solar installations in New York City to date.
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As for the future, Feit sees continued growth. In fact, OnForce Solar is actively seeking rooftops to rent, where they will install, own and operate solar systems under the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) structure, providing substantial savings to property owners. The firm is one of just a few companies in New York with the ability to implement large scale solar projects through funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Partnering with other businesses is one of the ways OnForce Solar implements best practices. The company has developed strong relationships with renowned photovoltaic
designers and engineers, warranty certified roofers and financial institutions, as well as energy utilities, in order to assist clients with “going green” in a financially advantageous manner. OnForce Solar manages every aspect of the solar integrated roof installation, including site acquisition, engineering and long-term maintenance, so customers get all the benefits of solar power as quickly as possible. Since its founding in 2007, OnForce Solar has completed and advised on systems generating in excess of 30 megawatts of solar energy and with a pipeline of around 50 megawatts.
About OnForce Solar, Inc.
Headquartered in the South Bronx, OnForce Solar, Inc. has offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Stamford, Connecticut, Framingham, Massachusetts and satellite operations in Maryland. The company provides high quality, efficient solar energy systems to businesses and homeowners in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland, as well as project feasibility studies, development and financing services nationally. OnForce Solar’s CEO Charles Feit received a “2012 Top Entrepreneurs” award from Crain’s New York Business (https://www.crainsnewyork.com/gallery/20120527/FEATURES/525009999/5) and the company was featured in a Daily News profile in 2012 (https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/bronx-solar-energy-company-article- 1.1192464). The firm was also named the fifth fastest growing small business in the New York City area, and 42nd in the country, in 2011 by Inc. magazine in its “Top 500” issue. To learn more about the company, visit www.onforcesolar.com or connect with them on
LinkedIn or Facebook.

OnForce Solar Awarded West Nyack Landfill Project

The Clarkstown Town Board approved an agreement with Bronx-based OnForce Solar for a solar installation at the former town landfill in West Nyack.  On Tuesday, the board authorized Supervisor Alex Gromack to sign a contract with the solar contractor.

Councilmember George Hoehmann, who has been leading the effort to bring solar power to the town, said the company offered its services at a lower price than the prior frontrunner Solar City that the town had previously considered.  He said twice a year NYSERDA gives awards to firm for large-scale solar projects and because of that, the town decided to issue a second RFP in mid October to coincide with those awards.
“We decided to go back out in a very limited RFP (Request For Proposal) to firms that received a subsidy in solar from New York State,” said Hoehmann. “They all came in lower than before.”

According to Hoehmann, four firms responded to the second RFP.  OnForce Solar came back with a per kilowatt hour price that was lower than the other firms by a sizable margin, which Hoehmann said was made possible by the NYSERDA subsidy.  He noted all the firms beat the initial proposal from Solar City, which had an agreement with the town that was not yet signed.

The agreement with OnForce Solar stipulates a $100,000 payment will be made to Clarkstown for its project expenses it incurs.  So far, the town has paid for a feasibility study and filed an application with Orange & Rockland to connect the solar power into the utility’s grid. Hoehmann explained there would be additional costs associated with the O&R application and fees for state Department of Environmental Conservation permits, which are already in progress.

“We’re well under $100,000 for that,” he said. “All of those things will be covered.”

Hoehmann said it is possible the construction could begin within months.

“We were told by OnForce that they would like to break ground by the second quarter of next year,” he said.

The two-megawatt system proposed for the closed West Nyack landfill would produce electricity to operate town facilities at a lower cost than is currently paid.

Hoehmann said, “We’re projecting that we’re going save over $6 million over 25 years in electrical costs.”

The solar equipment has a lifespan of 35 to 40 years and Hoehmann said the effectiveness of it diminishes by less than one percent each year.

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