New York, NY – February 4, 2019 – Clearway Community Solar today announced a new partnership with the Hudson Valley Community Supported Agriculture Coalition to underwrite a fund designed to expand Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programming and help bring more local, farm-fresh produce to underserved communities.
Clearway Community Solar has committed $10,000 to the CSA Coalition to support the Coalition’s high priority projects, including expanding benefits for CSA members; investing in new marketing efforts and industry research for future advocacy campaigns; and conducting ongoing maintenance of the organization’s digital directory of participating farms. The funds will also support pilot program research and planning for providing subsidized CSA shares to low-income households.
“Clearway is committed to engaging local communities in our work to build a more sustainable future,” says Krishna Patel, Director at Clearway Community Solar. “In working to support local farmers and agriculture, the CSA Coalition is engaging the communities of the Hudson Valley in sustainable, local food production which resonates with Clearway’s own mission and local Community Solar subscription model. We were inspired by the Coalition’s efforts and given our closely aligned missions – their farms produce local, sustainable food, and our solar farms produce local, sustainable energy – this partnership was a natural fit. We are proud to support their vital contributions to the broader Hudson Valley region and look forward to accomplishing many great things together.”
Clearway is one of the largest Community Solar providers in the United States, committed to expanding access to solar power while providing a best-in-class experience for customers. Clearway builds and operates local solar farms, including the largest active Community Solar farms in the state of New York and more than a dozen in the Hudson Valley.
“We thought it was really neat that both programs were aligned in being supported by the community, both were Hudson Valley local, and both have a pillar of sustainability,” said Megan Larmer, Director ofRegional Food Programs at Glynwood, the CSA sponsor. “The support from Clearway has enabled a number of initiatives that we have been focused on to really get off their feet and improve what we can do for our members and farms.”
Residents interested in joining their local CSA Member farm can visit www.hudsonvalleycsa.org/.