NYS Solar Permits

nysolarpermitpic2 CUNY, in a collaborative effort, conducted a state-wide survey addressing planning and zoning, financing options, and interconnection and net metering, in addition to permitting processes related to solar.

Working with NYSERDA, NYPA and municipalities across the state, CUNY developed a streamlined solar permit form for small-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems. NYS Unified Solar Permit. <pdf> The NYS Unified Solar Permit was based upon the Long Island Unified Solar Permit Initiative (LIUSPI) <pdf> as well as the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards’ national best practices.

Municipal Incentives Available for Permit Adoption

Municipalities in Long Island that adopt the LIUSPI, and municipalities in the remainder of the state that adopt the NYS Unified Solar Permit are eligible for between $2,500 and $5,000, depending on population, through the New York State Cleaner, Greener Communities program to implement the new procedures. Guidelines for municipal adoption <pdf>

The CUNY NYSolar Smart Team, together with NYSERDA and NYPA, conducted regional workshops across New York to encourage the adoption of the permit.  Regional Workshop Presentation. <pdf>  Additional information can be found on NY-Sun Initiative Community Tools.