NYSolar Smart Wins U.S. DOE Award
CUNY Project Selected for New York State
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 and lower the cost of solar using innovative financing mechanisms and information technology (IT) solutions. [more]
PartnersNYSolar Smart RSC II Partners
16 Jurisdictions & 30+ Partners Join CUNY

Collaboration is the foundation of all the solar programs that Sustainable CUNY implements. NYSolar Smart works across industry, government agencies, utility companies and end users to ensure a fully informed process. CUNY/U.S. DOE Awards The initial NYSolar Smart RSC II jurisdictional partners include the:  City of Albany, City of Ithaca, City of Rochester, City of Poughkeepsie, Town of Clifton Park, City of Yonkers, Town of Huntington, Town of Warwick, Town of Southampton, City of Syracuse, City of Schenectady, Town of Red Hook, City of White Plains, New York City, Town of Hempstead, and the Village of Warwick. [more] 

Save the Date: June 3rd, 2014 
New York Solar Summit 

John Jay College
Manhattan, NY 


Strategic Solar Growth


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. For sponsorship opportunities please contact nysolar@cuny.edu      

Charting the Growth of Solar in New York 
New York State installed nearly 60 MW of solar electric capacity in 2012, 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 costs of installing solar for residents. It is projected that in 2013 New York State will rate 5th in residential solar installations across the country.[more]
New York Solar Permits Tackle Stratification  
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. [more]
New York State Solar Installer Roundtable

Through the NYSolar Smart project, CUNY has formed the New York State Solar Installer Roundtable in order to provide input to the NYSolar Smart project and establish a communication network to inform the installer industry of advances. [more]

Surveying the NY Solar Landscape
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 to participate in the survey, and 61 responded to one or more section of the survey. Eight utilities across the state also responded to the survey. [more] 
NYC Offers Online Solar Permitting
DOB Expands Full Service Hub
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 (PTA) and non-PTA applications can now be electronically submitted to the NYC Development Hub for review and approval. [more] 
Meet the CUNY Solar Team

The CUNY solar team brings a broad range of experience, diverse skills and hobbies to the table. Learn more about this unique group. About Us 

Join the Team
Help Wanted: NYS Solar Ombudsman

CUNY is now leading its fifth DOE supported program to implement NYSolar Smart, a state-wide program.  In order to leverage existing efforts in New York City, and to deploy NYSolar Smart statewide, CUNY is hiring a New York State Solar Ombudsman. It is preferred that this Ombudsman sit in Albany or New York City, however, other partner NYS municipal locations will be considered as appropriate. Travel throughout New York is required.  Application Link 

Moving On

Alison Kling was the NYC Solar Coordinator since 2009. Alison's diligent efforts and collaborative skills were instrumental in helping to establish a streamlined solar infrastructure that has led to exponential growth in NYC. While Alison will be missed by the CUNY team, she is not going far as Alison is now the Distributed Generation Specialist for Con Edison.

John Mucci will retire in January from the position of Vice President of Manhattan Electric Operations at Con Edison where he has had the overall responsibility for Manhattan's Electric Construction, Planning & Analysis, Environmental Affairs, Field Operations, Electric Engineering, as well as the Manhattan Electric Control Center. Mr. Mucci's career with Con Edison has spanned over 40 years during which time he has held various positions of increasing responsibility. John Mucci has provided invaluable guidance and support to the CUNY team and solar stakeholders in NYC, championing the transition to supporting solar as a valuable renewable resource internally at Con Edison, earning an award for his efforts from the Department of Energy in 2011.