Archive for 2012

The Bright Lights in New York Could Be Solar

September 5, 2012 | U.S. Department of Energy

The big city glow of New York could be coming from more than the bright lights on Broadway. The Big Apple also is increasingly aglow with solar power, particularly from rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar.

New York City Welcomes Extension of Key Solar Incentive

August 17, 2012 | Media Release

Current incentives have spurred exponential growth of solar capacity, jobs in NYC

Today, New York demonstrated its ongoing commitment to encouraging the growth of the solar industry by extending the New York City property tax abatement an additional two years for consumers investing in solar installations.


July 17, 2012 | Media Release, News Media

Program Supports City Efforts to Reduce the Timeline for Installing Solar Panel Systems to Less Than 100 Days as Part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the start of Get It Done. Together. – Solar Edition, a new citywide initiative to accelerate the permitting process for solar panel installations. Modeled after the Get It Done. Together. program to accelerate the approval of pending construction projects, the Solar Edition program is designed to streamline the review process for solar panel applications and help industry members resolve regulatory conflicts so their projects can move forward.

Groundbreaking Project to Accelerate Solar Adoption in NYC Announced at NYC Solar Summit

June 7, 2012 | Media Release

At the 6th annual NYC Solar Summit the City University of New York (CUNY), on behalf of New York City (NYC), presented SMART NY; a groundbreaking project to streamline solar adoption in NYC.

Sustainable CUNY Wins EPA’s Highest Award

April 29, 2012 | Media Release

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Sustainable CUNY, of The City University of New York (CUNY), the prestigious 2012 Environmental Quality Award for its effort to support large scale solar adoption as lead for the NYC Solar America City Partnership (Partnership).

NYC Reaches DOE Solar America City Goal 3 Years Early

April 4, 2012 | Media Release

The NYC Solar America City Partnership (Partnership) announced today that solar energy capacity in New York City has increased 800 percent over the past six years and the City has surpassed its solar energy target of 8.1 MW under the federally-funded Solar America City program three years early. In addition, the Partnership announced two new Solar Empowerment Zones to be located in Chelsea and the lower East Side of Manhattan.

Queensborough Community College Receives Three Grants to Further Sustainability

January 23, 2012 | Campus Sustainability News

Queensborough Community College has been selected to receive up to $1,000,000 in funding through the Green Innovation Grant Program, funded through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Green Innovation Grant Program.

LaGuardia Community College: Sustainability in the Know – Eco-friendly Coffee Cups

January 23, 2012 | Campus Sustainability News

This semester you will notice something different about your coffee cup. If you buy a 12oz coffee in the cafeteria or are having an 8oz coffee at a catered event or meeting on campus, your coffee will be served in an eco-friendly cup.

City College of New York: Novel HVAC System Doubles Solar Roof Pod Energy Efficiency

January 23, 2012 | Campus Sustainability News

A novel heating and cooling system designed by faculty and students of the Grove School of Engineering for the Solar Roof Pod, The City College of New York entry in the recent U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, delivers twice the energy efficiency of conventional units.

Bronx Community College: Researcher Converts Bronx Waste to Biodiesel

January 23, 2012 | Campus Sustainability News

At the current rate of fossil fuel consumption, it is estimated that global reserves of petroleum will be exhausted by 2050. Biodiesel, an advanced biofuel made from readily available, renewable resources is a domestic, sustainable, cleaner-burning, diesel fuel replacement that meets strict quality specifications.