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Jordan-Elbridge students work on the site of their solar panel project for homes for homeless veterans in Syracuse. The town of Elbridge will be one of several Onondaga County towns eligible for a state solar program the county announced its participation in Tuesday.

The town of Elbridge is one of several towns in which a state program providing easier access to solar energy will be available to eligible residents, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said in a release announcing the county's participation in the program.

According to the release, Solar for All provides eligible low-income households access to a community solar subscription without any upfront costs or participation fees. A workshop for residents to learn more about the program is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 24 at the Elbridge Free Library.

Eligibility for the program is based on household monthly annual income, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which administers the program.

In order for a one-person household to be elgigible, for example, their monthly income has a maximum gross of $2,391, and an annual maximum gross of $28,692.

The program allows for homeowners and renters who want to use solar energy, but may not be able to install solar panels on their own property, a means to use solar power, the county's release said.

Program participants continue to get electricity from their current utility, while energy from the nearest community solar array is sent to the local power grid, which participants receive a credit on their electric bill for, according to NYSERDA.

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Staff writer Ryan Franklin can be reached at (315) 282-2252 or ryan.franklin@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @RyanNYFranklin

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