Welcome to the New York State Solar Online Permitting Process Guide! Sustainable CUNY worked with the Town of Red Hook to develop this web-accessible, interactive tool tailored specifically for solar PV installers working in Red Hook. The purpose is to provide guidance for using the NYS Unified Solar Permit (NYSUSP), a standardized solar permit for residential and small business projects, which Red Hook and over 100 other municipalities have adopted. The NYSUSP has already helped to reduce soft costs and streamline the solar permitting process throughout NY State. This eight-step Process Guide, which should continue to encourage the adoption and installation of solar energy in NY, was created as part of the NY Solar Smart program. It is generously funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sun Shot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge and the NY-Sun Initiative. This interactive Guide will tailor the permitting process for your specific project. For a general overview, use this document.