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Currently, New York State ranks 4th in the country for solar jobs, which tend to be local 'boots on the roofs' jobs. Public entities are in a unique position to embrace a leadership role that can remove the barriers to solar adoption, encourage local solar jobs and potentially reduce energy bills on municipal property. Buildings such as town halls, police and fire stations, and schools typically have unused roof space which can be leveraged to deploy solar energy solutions. Additionally, unused town land or capped landfills can also be good candidates for solar energy installations.

Steps to Take Now

  1. Work with Sustainable CUNY through the NYSolar Smart Program to adopt streamlining measures such as the NYS Unified Solar permit and model zoning ordinances by contacting a NY Solar Ombudsman.
  2. Learn about the benefits of solar.
  3. Check the solar potential of municipality properties on the NY Solar Map.
  4. Explore your financial options, and 'Community Shared Solar' models.


K-Solar, a joint project of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will provide NYS school districts, at NO COST and NO OBLIGATION, with the tools and expertise to bring solar energy to their facilities and reduce their energy costs. Part of Governor Cuomo's NY Sun initiative is to make cost effective solar power more affordable and therefore more feasible to NYS school districts. K-Solar takes advantage of the dramatically reduced costs of solar installation, currently available incentives and high volume pricing that can enable school districts to achieve substantial savings.


The NY-Sun PV Trainers Network (PVTN) provides education, training and technical assistance for local governments and jurisdictions. The Network is composed of experts in the field that develop and deliver training at various locations across New York State and offers access to experts who can help jurisdictions to meet their community economic development, job creation, and sustainability goals. With support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Meister Consultants Group has partnered with Entech Engineering, the City University of New York (CUNY) and other academic institutions to implement the network.