Solar in New York City

Since 2006 Sustainable CUNY has led the implementation of multiple U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) solar initiatives, working with the Mayor's Office, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Con Edison, NYSERDA, NYPA and over 30 partners to strategically remove barriers to large scale solar deployment.

NY Solar Map and Portal

mapicon Sustainable CUNY launched the comprehensive NY Solar Map and Portal on June 20, 2016. The portal contains all the latest information that can help you 'go solar' whether you live in NYC, Long Island or in upstate New York.


In 2006 solar production was negligible in NYC due to extensive barriers including: technical, policy and lack of incentives, standardization or cohesion among agencies and utilities. CUNY, as an objective and trusted university, convened the stakeholders to collaborate on drafting and implementing the strategic solar plans for NYC. This work includes multiple reports, tools such as the NYC, and now NY State Solar Map and Portal, analytics and the creation of Solar Empowerment Zones, now known as Strategic Zones. The result to-date of collective efforts with our partners is an exponential increase in solar production and solar jobs.

NYC Solar Partnership

Strategic Zones

NYC Solar Map

NYC Solar Installers

NYC Grid Ready

Group Purchasing

NYC Solar Thermal

NYC Resources