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Creating a Sustainable and Resilient City

December 11, 2014 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Climate Change Repercussions Triggers Market Demand Hurricane Sandy struck a crippling blow to New York City’s power supply in late 2012, leaving 2.1 million New Yorkers in the dark at the superstorms peak. Tens of thousands were still without power weeks later, 44 lives were lost and many businesses never recovered. Subways, tunnels and bridges […]

16 NYS Jurisdictions Lead the Way

November 5, 2014 | Article

Everyone is busy these days: too much to do, so little time. Yet, 16 NYS Jurisdictions raised their hands a year and half ago and made a pledge to the U.S. Department of Energy to help remove barriers to New York State’s solar market. Meeting monthly in strategically formed Working Groups, these 16 are leading […]

NY State Solar Installers

November 5, 2014 | Article

As a ‘home rule’ state, New York’s 1550 municipalities often have different permitting processes that add time and costs as installers navigate their varying rules and procedures, adding to the ‘soft costs’ of installing solar. In addition to the efforts being conducted under the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and the NY-Sun Initiative to address […]

NY Schools Queue Up for Solar

September 30, 2014 | Article

112 Sign Up for K-Solar in First 60 Days The overall objective of K-Solar is to empower schools to procure affordable solar energy.  K-Solar is a partnership between the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Education Department (SED).  NYPA will act as […]

Governor Extends NYC Solar Property Tax Abatement

September 30, 2014 | Article

On Sept. 23, Governor Cuomo signed a bill that extends the property tax abatement (PTA) for solar electric systems through January 1, 2017, and doubles the total abatement amount from 10% to 20% of eligible solar system expenditures. Building owners who place a grid-connected solar energy system into service from January 1, 2014 to December […]

New York Solar Summit

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 […]

NYS Solar Installer Roundtable Launched under U.S. DOE Program

December 30, 2013 | Article

Collaborative efforts are essential to ensure that the New York solar market will be ready to accommodate solar growth and poise New York to continue to attract the many industries that support solar. Under the NYSolar Smart project, CUNY has formed the New York State Solar Installer Roundtable in order to provide input to the […]

NYC DOB’s Full Service Hub Offers Online Solar Permitting

December 30, 2013 | Article

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Development Hub, initially launched in 2012, has expanded its e-permitting capacity for solar installations with the addition of the Full-Service filing system. Full-Service filing accepts plans for Alt-1, Alt-2, Alt-3, and new building (NB) permit applications, including permits for solar PV and solar thermal. Both NYC Property Tax Abatement […]

Surveying the NY Solar Landscape

December 30, 2013 | Article

In order to best inform the NYSolar Smart program CUNY conducted a state-wide survey of local solar policies and processes in New York under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative. The NYSolar Smart Survey collected data on permitting, interconnection and net metering, planning and zoning, and financing options. In total, 93 jurisdictions around New York State were invited […]

New York Solar Permits Tackle ‘Stratification’

December 30, 2013 | Article

Thorough the NY-Sun Initiative CUNY worked with stakeholders to develop the NYS Unified Solar Permit, based in part on the Long Island Unified Solar Permit Initiative. As NYS is composed of 1550 municipalities, each potentially with a different permitting process, creating a unified permit can reduce stratification of the installation process in New York State. […]