Installing Solar in NYC
Sustainable CUNY and its partners have been working to reduce barriers to solar in NYC since 2007. The information in this section of the website will help system owners and installers understand the NYC installation process for both solar PV systems.
Sustainable CUNY can help with the initial steps of investigating the feasibility of solar on your home or business. The NYC Solar Ombudsman primarily target sites in the Solar Empowerment Zones; however please feel free to Contact Us for general information or fill out our project inquiry form for assistance with a virtual site survey and consultation wherever your building is located.
Before going solar:
- Consult a professional prior to installing a solar PV system about home energy efficiency . Obtain an understanding of your energy use by looking at the last year of your electricity bills. A solar installer or general contractor should also check to see if your roof needs to be reinforced or replaced.
- Seek bids from multiple solar companies and installers that guarantee their work and whenever possible use professionals certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) who are on New York State Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Approved PV Installers list .
- Learn about solar technologies , available PV incentives , and financing options to ensure that you have the information you need to make the best decisions.
Resources for installing solar
Solar America City Video Tutorials
NYSERDA Eligible PV Installers