March 11, 2014 | Article
The eighth annual New York Solar Summit will highlight the rapidly growing solar market in New York and the resulting impact on the economy, consumers, regional installers and leading utility companies. The Summit, convened by the City University of New York (CUNY) for solar stakeholders, focuses on NYSolar Smart, a comprehensive strategic program supported by both Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative and the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II aimed at reducing the costs of installing solar. Sponsorship Opportunities
New this year is a pitch session, now open for submissions. A panel of judges at the Summit will be looking for new financing mechanisms, innovative business models or cleanweb applications that can reduce the balance of system soft costs of solar photovoltaics. This session is structured to generate ideas for the private and public sectors, spurring additional innovation and effectively lowering the cost of capital for large, mid-sized and small solar installations. The panel of judges will be drawn from industry experts on the NYS Financing Options Working Group, led by the NY Green Bank and CUNY, as well as from venture capital firms and solar industry experts.
A series of three minute “pitches” that bring both creativity and experience to help address the financing and customer-acquisition barriers. Immediately following each pitch, the ideas will be evaluated by the panelists and feedback will be provided. Additional information