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Working to Support NY State & City Energy Storage Goals
In 2019, Sustainable CUNY’s Smart DG Hub will continue its collaborative efforts to create a pathway to the marketplace for energy storage with new guidance documents in development for Lithium-Ion battery permitting. This is one of several CUNY-led works in progress on energy storage that include working with UL, FDNY, NYC DOB and other City agencies to establish criteria that will help speed up approvals. These initiatives support Mayor de Blasio’s goal of 100 MWh of energy storage in NYC by 2020 and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently announced goal of deploying 3,000 MW of energy storage in New York State by 2030. The Governor’s 2030 goal goes beyond the target of 1,500 MWh by 2025 in his State of the State message last January. To help achieve these goals, the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized a $310 million market acceleration bridge incentive to be administered by NYSERDA in addition to the $40 million it authorized last month for pairing storage with solar projects.
For permitting assistance contact an Ombudsman at dghub@cuny.edu

 



NYC’s Gateway to Shared Solar NYC
Sustainable CUNY, as part of the NYC Solar Partnership’s Shared Solar NYC program, will continue to roll out new tools in 2019 on the NYC Shared Solar Gateway 2.0 in response to the demands for access to solar for the country’s largest renter population. In the initial launch of the Gateway last year, the Partnership learned that there is no lack of interested solar ‘subscribers’ to potential large scale Community Shared Solar (CSS) installations, creating a need to find more sites willing to host CSS, as well as more developers and partners. Gateway 2.0 is an enhanced solar industry platform that enables all relevant stakeholders in the NYC community solar market to participate, encourages partnerships among different types of solar industry players, and increases the ability to bring community solar projects from start to finish on the website. Visit the Gateway where you can enter your information as a subscriber, host or developer to learn more.
For assistance contact an Ombudsman at nysolar@cuny.edu

 


 

 

Solarize NYC
Simply put, solarize campaigns are like a solar Groupon for your home or business with an expiration date. Solarize NYC is a program formed by the NYC Solar Partnership and supported by Mayor de Blasio to bring solar to NYC’s diverse population by addressing the unique challenges of solar in an urban environment. In 2019 Sustainable CUNY, which administers the program, will launch a residential campaign in Brooklyn and continue to actively seek engaged communities that want to bring solar to their neighborhoods. Since the educational phases of these campaigns often attract renters who want to find a way to invest in solar as well, Sustainable CUNY will connect them to Shared Solar NYC. In addition, Sustainable CUNY is working to broaden the program to the commercial sector by utilizing NYC Grid Ready to show business owners how they can go solar and save during a commercial Solarize campaign. Grid Ready is a tool on the NYC Solar map that performs analyses which can help owners determine if their building is ideally suited for the grid connection of a large scale solar installation. Apply to Solarize NYC to bring a solar campaign to your community.

 


 


Manhattan Resiliency Project Advances
Sustainable CUNY is supporting WE ACT for Environmental Justice in developing a more sustainable and resilient energy grid in northern Manhattan under a grant from NYSERDA's REVitalize program. Through a community-driven effort, the team is exploring the feasibility of developing community shared solar projects, possibly integrated with energy storage systems (ESS), on city-owned properties in Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods. In December the team conducted a site visit at the 135th Street Marine Transfer Station, a decommissioned Sanitation Department facility on the Hudson River that is one of several sites under consideration in northern Manhattan.

 


 


NYSERDA’s “Solar for All” Makes First Awards
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has selected nine community shared solar projects throughout New York State as the first to be awarded contracts under its “Solar for All” program. NYSERDA will contract for nine megawatts -- one megawatt from each of the nine projects -- to provide clean, no-cost electricity to about 7,000 low-income homeowners and renters who receive electric service from NYSEG, National Grid, Central Hudson and Orange & Rockland. “Solar for All” will ultimately provide 10,000 low-income households with this benefit. The complete list of projects can be found here.

 


 


NYC Legislation On the Solar Horizon
NYC is once again seeking to lead the way to a more sustainable City by enacting legislation that encourages distributed generation, efficiency and sustainability. Items to keep a watch on include:

  • Building Energy Efficiency Grade A Local Law that would amend the NYC administrative code to update the ranges for energy efficiency grades
  • Establishing a Sustainable Energy Loan Program (PACE) This bill would establish a sustainable energy loan program for the purposes of providing certain building owners with financing for the installation of renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements.
  • Commitment to Achieve Certain Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050.

This bill would establish the Office of Building Energy Performance as well as greenhouse gas emissions limits for existing buildings. This bill would also expand existing retro-commissioning requirements to certain buildings over 25,000 square feet.

 


 


Governor Signs Storage Tax Abatement
After unanimous votes in both the New York State Assembly and Senate, Governor Cuomo signed a bill on December 21st that provides a property tax abatement for electric energy storage equipment in cities with populations larger than one million. The abatement will be in effect from January 1, 2019 until January 1, 2021. You can find details and a definition for eligibility and electric energy storage equipment here.

 


 

New York Generates Path to Energy Storage

NYC DOB, FDNY, Con Edison, NYSERDA, CUNY Collaborate on Blueprint for Li-ion Battery Permitting in NYC

New York took another step forward today in the effort to create a pathway to wide scale energy storage system (ESS) adoption with the release of a process guide for installing Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries in New York City. The City University of New York (CUNY) Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), Con Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) worked together to develop the first comprehensive set of guidelines for installing Li-ion energy storage systems. [...]

 


 

De Blasio Administration Launches New Group Solar Purchasing Campaign and Continues to Spur Adoption Citywide

To further accelerate the adoption of solar energy, the de Blasio administration announced  Solarize Brownsville, a new community group purchasing campaign that will serve the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn.The campaign is part of Solarize NYC, a citywide program administered by the NYC Solar Partnership and designed to increase adoption of solar in communities that have historically lacked access to clean energy. [...]

 


 

 

SMART DG HUB Publishes Storage 101

CUNY's Smart DG Hub Resilient Solar Project has published a comprehensive compilation of introductory energy storage information aimed at a wide base of users unfamiliar with the subject. Storage 101 is a basic information tool [...]

 


 

NY State Grows SolSmart-er

Erie County, with Sustainable CUNY's assistance, recently achieved SolSmart's highest designation - Gold! SolSmart is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded solar energy program for local governments that provides a nationally recognized designation to communities that take, or have taken, actions to reduce local barriers to solar energy. [...]

 


 

Solarize NYC Invites LMI Communities to Apply

Solarize NYC, a collaborative program of the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability, and the NYC Economic Development Corporation led by Sustainable CUNY, is accepting applications from community-based organizations for funding and technical support for Solarize campaigns in the five boroughs. [...]

 


 

 

CUNY Works to Unlock Storage

Sustainable CUNY and it’s Smart DG Hub has partnered with technical advisors under a comprehensive NYSERDA-sponsored initiative to formalize the permitting process for energy storage, reduce soft costs of installing these large batteries and encourage wide-scale adoption for New York State. [...]

 


 

Installers Empower Puerto Rico

Shortly after Hurricane Maria struck, John Siciliani of the South Brooklyn Solar Coalition and former Executive Director of NYSEIA posted an urgent request for equipment on the NYC Solar Installer Roundtable: Did anyone have any modules, controllers, inverters, batteries, etc. they could spare? [...]

 


 

 

200+ NYCHA Sites Slated for Shared Solar

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)  has posted a list and  interactive map of more than 200 sites across the city that it will be making available for solar development under its Public Purpose Shared Solar (PPSS) program. [...]

 


 

De Blasio Administration Launches First Large-Scale Solar Program at NYCHA

The de Blasio Administration has announced the launch of its first large-scale solar program at NYCHA, which will provide low to moderate-income New Yorkers, including public housing residents, access to clean, low-cost energy throughout the city and jobs in the growing solar industry. [...]

 


 

CUNY Built Map Puts Solar Tools in Hands of Long Island Residents, Solar Developers and Government Officials

CUNY Adds LI Solar Layer to NY Solar Map with Support from Sierra Club and PSEG Long Island

Long Islanders now have access to a sophisticated internet-based tool that evaluates the solar energy generating potential of any site or roof on Long Island. Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York (CUNY) worked with experts at Hunter College’s Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI) to add the ‘Light Detection and Ranging’ (LIDAR) layer to the existing NY Solar Map and Portal. [...]

 


 

 

CUNY Wins Two National Awards for Advancing Solar, Solar+Storage

San Francisco| Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York, as lead of the NYC Solar Partnership, accepted the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) 2017 3iAward State and Local Government Achievement of the Year for its work to advance solar in New York City. [...]

 


 

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Opens NY Solar (+Storage) Summit 

NEW YORK, NY | Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul opened the 11th annual NY Solar (+Storage) Summit today, convened by Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York at John Jay College in Manhattan [...]

 

NYC Solar+Storage Systems on Map

The NYC Installed Energy Storage Systems" layer on the NY Solar Map offers insight into the energy storage systems currently installed in NYC. [...]

 


 

Guidance for Solarize+Storage RFP's 

With an increasing interest in pairing solar and energy storage, some communities are incorporating battery back-up into Solarize "Request for Proposals" (RFP's) that go out to installers interested in competing for these campaigns. [...]

 


Solar Goes Mainstream (Media)

The media likes 'new' news, tangible news with money or jobs involved, news with a twist, and of course, bad news with a long shelf-life. Firsts are big. When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new target for solar capacity was now 1,000 MW by 2030 [...]

 


Shared Solar Developers Wanted

The NYC Solar Partnership is looking for developers interested in participating in community shared solar campaigns in NYC [...] 


Storage On Critical Infrastructure

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sustainable CUNY collaborated with partners to conduct and publish a technical analysis of critical infrastructure in NYC […]

 


Dispelling Solar Myths

To address the wide range of myths about solar energy, the NYS Solar Ombudsmen team worked with the NY-Sun PVTN program to create the Solar Energy Myths Podcast. […]

 


NYC Shared Solar Portal Launched

The NYC Shared Solar Portal is an online marketplace for property owners in NYC to explore and connect with vetted   solar developers in an effort to make hosting community shared solar easy. […]

 


Model Solar Zoning Guide Published

A NYS Model Solar Energy Law (Model Law) has been completed and is designed to assist communities in New York State in adopting zoning provisions that promote solar energy systems while protecting community character and the environment. […]

 


Wanted: CSS Host Sites in Brooklyn

Sustainable CUNY is leading an effort to bring Community Shared Solar (CSS) to the residents of Brooklyn CB6 and beyond in this first of its kind campaign. […]   

 


DG HUB Connects V2G & Solar   

Sustainable CUNY's Smart DG Hub is working with NRG, a leading integrated power company in the U.S., on a 'Vehicle to Grid' (V2G) Project at CUNY. [...]

 


Brooklyn CB6 Kicks Off 'Sun For All'

Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun For All is a unique solar program as it offers two opportunities for residents and business owners to participate: Community Shared Solar and a group purchasing program. [...]

 


Permitting Guide for Solar+Storage in NYC

The NYSolar Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub - Resilient Solar Project has published a guide designed to provide building owners and project developers with an understanding of the current permitting and interconnection requirements and approval processes for energy storage systems (ESS) in New York City. [...]


 

 Working to Support NY State & City Energy Storage Goals
In 2019, Sustainable CUNY’s Smart DG Hub will continue its collaborative efforts to create a pathway to the marketplace for energy storage with new guidance documents in development for Lithium-Ion battery permitting. This is one of several CUNY-led works in progress on energy storage that include working with UL, FDNY, NYC DOB and other City agencies to establish criteria that will help speed up approvals. These initiatives support Mayor de Blasio’s goal of 100 MWh of energy storage in NYC by 2020 and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently announced goal of deploying 3,000 MW of energy storage in New York State by 2030. The Governor’s 2030 goal goes beyond the target of 1,500 MWh by 2025 in his State of the State message last January. To help achieve these goals, the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized a $310 million market acceleration bridge incentive to be administered by NYSERDA in addition to the $40 million it authorized last month for pairing storage with solar projects.
For permitting assistance contact an Ombudsman at dghub@cuny.edu
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NYC’s Gateway to Shared Solar NYC
Sustainable CUNY, as part of the NYC Solar Partnership’s Shared Solar NYC program, will continue to roll out new tools in 2019 on the NYC Shared Solar Gateway 2.0 in response to the demands for access to solar for the country’s largest renter population. In the initial launch of the Gateway last year, the Partnership learned that there is no lack of interested solar ‘subscribers’ to potential large scale Community Shared Solar (CSS) installations, creating a need to find more sites willing to host CSS, as well as more developers and partners. Gateway 2.0 is an enhanced solar industry platform that enables all relevant stakeholders in the NYC community solar market to participate, encourages partnerships among different types of solar industry players, and increases the ability to bring community solar projects from start to finish on the website. Visit the Gateway where you can enter your information as a subscriber, host or developer to learn more.
For assistance contact an Ombudsman at nysolar@cuny.edu
Solarize NYC
Simply put, solarize campaigns are like a solar Groupon for your home or business with an expiration date. Solarize NYC is a program formed by the NYC Solar Partnership and supported by Mayor de Blasio to bring solar to NYC’s diverse population by addressing the unique challenges of solar in an urban environment. In 2019 Sustainable CUNY, which administers the program, will launch a residential campaign in Brooklyn and continue to actively seek engaged communities that want to bring solar to their neighborhoods. Since the educational phases of these campaigns often attract renters who want to find a way to invest in solar as well, Sustainable CUNY will connect them to Shared Solar NYC. In addition, Sustainable CUNY is working to broaden the program to the commercial sector by utilizing NYC Grid Ready to show business owners how they can go solar and save during a commercial Solarize campaign. Grid Ready is a tool on the NYC Solar map that performs analyses which can help owners determine if their building is ideally suited for the grid connection of a large scale solar installation.
Apply to Solarize NYC to bring a solar campaign to your community
Manhattan Resiliency Project Advances
Sustainable CUNY is supporting WE ACT for Environmental Justice in developing a more sustainable and resilient energy grid in northern Manhattan under a grant from NYSERDA's REVitalize program. Through a community-driven effort, the team is exploring the feasibility of developing community shared solar projects, possibly integrated with energy storage systems (ESS), on city-owned properties in Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods. In December the team conducted a site visit at the 135th Street Marine Transfer Station, a decommissioned Sanitation Department facility on the Hudson River that is one of several sites under consideration in northern Manhattan.
NYSERDA’s “Solar for All” Makes First Awards
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has selected nine community shared solar projects throughout New York State as the first to be awarded contracts under its “Solar for All” program. NYSERDA will contract for nine megawatts -- one megawatt from each of the nine projects -- to provide clean, no-cost electricity to about 7,000 low-income homeowners and renters who receive electric service from NYSEG, National Grid, Central Hudson and Orange & Rockland. “Solar for All” will ultimately provide 10,000 low-income households with this benefit. The complete list of projects can be found here.
NYC Legislation On the Solar Horizon
NYC is once again seeking to lead the way to a more sustainable City by enacting legislation that encourages distributed generation, efficiency and sustainability. Items to keep a watch on include:
-Building Energy Efficiency Grade A Local Law that would amend the NYC administrative code to update the ranges for energy efficiency grades
-Establishing a Sustainable Energy Loan Program (PACE) This bill would establish a sustainable energy loan program for the purposes of providing certain building owners with financing for the installation of renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements.
-Commitment to Achieve Certain Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050 This bill would establish the Office of Building Energy Performance as well as greenhouse gas emissions limits for existing buildings. This bill would also expand existing retro-commissioning requirements to certain buildings over 25,000 square feet.
Governor Signs Storage Tax Abatement
After unanimous votes in both the New York State Assembly and Senate, Governor Cuomo signed a bill on December 21st that provides a property tax abatement for electric energy storage equipment in cities with populations larger than one million. The abatement will be in effect from January 1, 2019 until January 1, 2021. You can find details and a definition for eligibility and electric energy storage equipment here.