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NYSolar Smart

NYSolar Smart is a comprehensive strategic plan implemented by Sustainable CUNY designed to reduce the soft costs of going solar in New York. NYSolar Smart, is supported by the U.S. DOE’s SunShot Initiative, the NY-Sun Initiative and the NYC One City Built to Last program and works in partnership with NYPA, NYSERDA,  municipalities around the state, and more than 70 organizations representing utility companies, installers, government agencies and industry leaders.  NYSolar Smart Partners

Progress Report

Sustainable CUNY submitted a report to the U.S. Department of Energy in December of 2016 on the progress of solar in New York City and New York State that was supported by the SunShot Initiative. Read the Report 





Project-Based Change Management

Sustainable CUNY developed a ‘Project-Based Change Management’ platform to enable participants in any given project or initiative to take ownership of the outcomes by establishing for themselves the processes and the changes needed. In this manner, stakeholders across campuses, departments, agencies, utilities or industry can find common ground, agree on implementation plans, and become agents of change themselves.


Focus Areas

The Soft Costs of Solar

The overall goal of multiple Federal, State and City initiatives is for the cost of ‘going solar’ to achieve grid parity without incentives, as the incentives will eventually sunset. Data shows that the ‘soft costs’, also known as 'Balance of System Costs', add up to as much as 64% of the cost of installing solar. Soft costs generally include:

  • Permitting
  • Interconnection
  • Zoning
  • Financing Options
  • Customer Education and Acquisition

Sustainable CUNY's NYSolar Smart program works with multiple partners across the state to help reduce these costs.

NYSolar Smart Working Groups

NYSolar Smart is supported by over 70 partners and 16 jurisdictions, utilizing strategic working groups formed under the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and led by NY Solar Ombudsman in an effort to streamline the solar installation process in New York City and New York State. Join the Effort

New York City Working Groups

  • NYC Permitting and Interconnection
  • NYC Financing Options
  • Smart DG Hub Policy and Legal
  • Smart DG Hub Economics and Finance
  • Smart DG Hub Hardware Technologies
  • Smart DG Hub Software Technologies

 New York State Working Groups

  • NYS Net Metering and Interconnection Standards
  • NYS Permitting and Interconnection
  • NYS Financing Options
  • NYS Planning and Zoning