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The webinars and podcasts prepared by Sustainable CUNY, as an objective and trusted third party in collaboration with multiple partners, are helping to remove barriers in the New York State solar market.



Energy Storage

NYC's Permitting & Interconnection Guide for Outdoor Lithium Ion ESS

Webinar: 57:42 PDF of Q&A

The Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems is designed to provide building owners and project developers with an understanding of the permitting, interconnection and approval processes for outdoor Li-ion ESS in New York City and contains specific requirements tailored to NYC's dense built environment. This webinar walks you through the Guide and provide further details about the siting requirements and specifications.

Energy Storage Opportunities with NY State Electric Utilities

Webinar: 61:01

This one-hour webinar discusses NY Utility opportunities and programs related to energy storage.  These opportunities include: Non-Wires Solutions (NWS/NWA), REV Demonstration projects, Demand Management Program, and Demand Response programs. 

Energy Storage 101

Webinar: 60:00

The CUNY Smart DG Hub, DNV GL, and NY-BEST conducted an interactive virtual workshop for the solar industry as part of NYSERDA's efforts to reduce the soft costs of energy storage deployment. This first in a series of virtual workshops will provide a basic primer on energy storage for the solar industry, including different storage technologies and considerations for projects.



Standard Interconnect Requirements in NYS: Updates and Insights on Proposed SIR Changes

Webinar: 63:00

Please start at 1:26- Standard interconnect rules in New York are changing for connecting Distributed Energy Resources, including energy storage, to the electricity grid. This webinar features experts from New York State Department of Public Service, NYSERDA and Con Edison.

Behind the Meter Energy Storage Options for New York

Webinar: 60:00

This webinar, which is part of NYSERDA's energy storage soft cost reduction program, describes how customers and system vendors can capitalize on current revenue streams for behind the meter energy storage projects.


In-depth webinars on the development of UL standards for storage can be found on the Reducing Storage Soft Costs page


NYCHA Solar Opportunities

NYCHA  ACCESSolar Program

Webinar: 41:44 PDF of Q&A

Sustainable CUNY hosted a webinar on May 3rd on NYCHA's ACCESSolar Program.  ACCESSolar offers teams of community organizations and solar developers the opportunity to install community shared solar systems on NYCHA's smaller rooftops at low or no lease rates in return for enrolling low to moderate-income households as subscribers and hiring NYCHA residents NYCHA Solar Program

NYCHA iSupplier Tutorial

Webinar: 17:51

In order to participate in NYCHA’s Commercial Solar Initiative RFP, solar developers must first register in NYCHA's iSupplier system and New York City's PASSPort system.   NYCHA and Sustainable CUNY have recorded this tutorial to guide developers through the registration process. NYCHA Solar Program

Solar on NYC Public Housing Opportunity

Webinar: 55 min PDF of Q & A 

Sustainable CUNY is supporting the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) in its initiative to install 25 MW of new solar PV capacity by 2026 across its portfolio of buildings and parking lots in the five boroughs. This ambitious initiative will consist of opportunities for community shared solar projects. This webinar provides an overview of the initiative. NYCHA Solar Program

Disclaimer: The webinar mentions opportunities for net-metered and remote net-metered solar projects. Those opportunities have been determined to not be viable at present. Projects will only consist  of community shared solar projects.