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November 2018 NEWSLETTER






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. [...]