U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative
The United States Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. DOE is supporting a range of key activities by private companies, academia, and national laboratories to drive down the installed cost of solar. The non-hardware, balance of systems costs associated with solar energy systems represent as much as 40% of the total installed system price.
Rooftop Solar Challenge I February 2012
CUNY, on behalf of New York City, won a U.S. Department of Energy award supported by over 30 organizations to utilize strategic working groups to streamline the NYC permitting and interconnection processes; identify and implement improvements to interconnection and net metering standards; design and implement financing programs and policies and remove zoning obstacles.
Rooftop Solar Challenge II November 2013
CUNY, on behalf of New York State won a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award to support NYSolar Smart, a project to streamline the solar installation process in the state and lower the cost of solar using innovative financing mechanisms and information technology (IT) solutions. DOE Media Release; NYS Media Release