NYS Solar Permits
CUNY, in a collaborative effort under the NY-Sun Initiative, worked with NYSERDA, NYPA and municipalities across the state to develop a streamlined solar permit form for small-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems. The NYS Unified Solar Permit was based upon the Long Island Unified Solar Permit Initiative (LIUSPI) 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. NYSERDA will accept applications through the existing program, PON 2721 until 4:00 PM Eastern Time on September 30, 2019, until funds are exhausted, or until the solicitation is revised by NYSERDA, whichever comes first.
NYS Unified Solar Permit <pdf>Updated 10/31/2014
Long Island Unified Solar Permit <pdf>
Quick Checklist for Municipal/Jurisdiction Adoption <pdf>
Complete Jurisdictional Guidelines for Permit Adoption <pdf> 5/18/2015
Regional Workshop Presentation <pdf>
NY-Sun Initiative Community Tools
Contact a NYS Solar Ombudsman for assistance in adopting the NYS Unified Solar Permit.