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Installing Solar in New York City

Sustainable CUNY, as an objective third party, has worked with Con Edison, NYSERDA, the NYC Department of Buildings, the FDNY and other NYC Agencies since 2006 to shorten and streamline the permitting and interconnection processes for installing solar in NYC. A NYC Solar Ombudsmen has worked from the NYC Department of Buildings since 2010 on a regular basis to assist installers and agency staff. Contact a NY Solar Ombudsmen

Solar Updates 

Local Laws 92 and 94 | Oct 2019

These laws require the installation of solar panels and/or green roofs on all new residential and commercial buildings, as well as existing buildings that undergo major roof renovations. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has summarized the laws in a one-page fact sheet and provided answers to frequently asked questions.

The NYC Department of Buildings has issued a bulletin dated October 24, 2019 clarifying the green roof and solar requirements. 

Solar Installer Roundtable

Sustainable CUNY convenes a NYC and NYS Installer Roundtable, a forum for exchanging information, workshop opportunities, RFP and RFI notices, and industry updates. If you would like to join the NYC and/or NYS Installer Roundtable, please send a request with your solar company email to

NYC Solar Partnership

Information on the programs supported by the NYC Solar Partnership such as Solarize NYC and Shared Solar NYC can be found under NYC Solar.