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. […]

Charting the Growth of Solar in New York

December 30, 2013 | Article

In 2012, New York State installed nearly 60 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking 10th nationally, and 10th in cumulative installed capacity. Through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, New York State has committed $1.5 billion over the next 10 years to quadrupling the amount of new solar installed over 2011 levels, in part by reducing the […]

CUNY’s NYSolar Smart Project Wins U.S. Department of Energy Award for New York State

November 25, 2013 | News Media

New York State has won a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award to support NYSolar Smart: a project to streamline the solar installation process in the state and lower the cost of solar using innovative financing mechanisms and information technology (IT) solutions. NYSolar Smart, which was developed by the […]

NYSolar Smart RSC II Partners, U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative

November 25, 2013 | Article

Collaboration is the foundation of all the solar programs that Sustainable CUNY implements, working across industry, government agencies, utility companies and end users to ensure a fully informed process. The initial NYSolar Smart U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II (RSC II) jurisdictional partners  include the:  City of Albany, City of Ithaca, […]

Unified Permit to Ease Solar Adoption in NY

October 1, 2013 | Media Release

Community Implementation Incentives Available The New York State Unified Solar Permit developed under the NY-Sun Initiative, is now available. Supported by NYSERDA and NYPA, CUNY’s NYSolar Smart program surveyed municipal officials across New York State to understand their photovoltaic (PV) permitting costs, procedures and issues, as well as to develop the permit. Municipalities that adopt […]

CUNY Conserves Effort Saves Millions

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

One year after CUNY’s 13 Senior colleges were given direct control of their energy budgets, and any savings that resulted from conservation efforts, CUNY has exceeded all expectations. The CUNY-wide energy savings amounted to over 8.7 million dollars from July 2012 through June 2013, due to comprehensive efforts across campuses, the strategic Sustainable CUNY Conserves […]