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Solarize Albany

Solarize Albany is a local nonprofit serving the communities of the Capital Region, run solely by volunteers. We promote the use of renewable energy with you, the consumer, in mind. Our goal is to provide you with knowledge of how renewable energies will benefit your life and lower cost options through our bulk purchase model. Explore our current projects now. Solarize Albany serves the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington Counties.


Amy Lauterbach Pokorny

Russ Pokorny

Amy and Russ Pokorny, as members of Helderberg Community Energy, joined forces with Solarize Albany in 2015 to help spread the word about both rooftop solar and community solar. 

They have been living with and learning first-hand about solar hot water, rooftop solar (both on grid and off grid), wind energy, and both hybrid and all-electric vehicles.  They own the Octagon Barn in Knox, which was equipped with a solar powered geothermal heating and cooling system that also produces domestic hot water in December 2018.