NYC Community Shared Solar

aeonsolarcityview NYC releases rfi for community shared solar

January 28, 2016 | The NYC Solar Partnership (Partnership), consisting of Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York, New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is issuing a  “Request for Information” (RFI) with respect to supporting a market for community shared solar in NYC. NYC Community Shared Solar RFI <pdf>

What is community Shared Solar?

 “Community shared solar” refers to solar projects utilizing the Community Net Metering Program, also referred to as Community Distributed Generation, approved by the Public Service Commission in Case 15-E-0082. Such projects normally involve an arrangement in which multiple utility account-holders each subscribe to a portion of production from a solar array located at a site associated with a separate utility account, and they are also commonly referred to as “community solar,” “shared solar,” or “community solar gardens.” The Partnership seeks information from solar installers, developers, and industry professionals on (1) Barriers to community shared solar development in NYC and (2) Integration of community shared solar into the NYC Solar Partnership suite of initiatives and education campaigns.

Request for Information

This RFI is issued solely for informational and planning purposes. Response information will be reviewed for the purpose of educating the Partnership in incorporating community shared solar into the Partnership’s efforts to support the NYC solar market and expand access to solar. NYC Community Shared Solar RFI <pdf>

Due Date February 29, 2016 | This is not a Request for Proposals, Request for Quote, or other form of solicitation and does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, that any procurement action will be taken in this matter.  Respondents are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI. All questions regarding the Partnership Request for Information must be submitted in writing, via e-mail to

Why Community Shared solar in NYC?

Community Shared Solar programs are ideal in areas with low home ownership or for interested parties who have no control over their own roof space. Community Shared Solar also offers low cost options for those interested in solar for a wide variety of reasons such as environmental concerns, as a renewable energy source, as an investment, or as a way of supporting schools, community facilities, churches or other not-for profit entities who wish to install solar.NYC solar energy benefits all New Yorkers. Every kilowatt of solar in NYC helps improve air quality, reduces electric grid congestion and creates green workforce jobs that power the local economy.