NYC Solar Map

The NYC Solar Map launched on June 16, 2011 and was created by CUNY as lead of the New York City Solar Partnership, along with the Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability and the NYC Economic Development Corporation. At the time it was the largest liDAR based solar map in the world.

The NYC Solar Map was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and NYSERDA. The NYC Solar Map was built in the Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI) at CUNY’s Hunter College with data collected in April of 2010 by Sanborn Map Company, and technical support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Consolidated Edison Company of New York. The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services supported the acquisition of LIDAR data for the map.

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Expanding on the success of the NYC Solar Map, Sustainable CUNY received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of New York to develop the first state-wide Solar Map and Portal.

The NY Solar Map and Portal was launched in June of 2016 and incorporates and expands on the NYC Solar Map. The statewide map and portal allows all New Yorkers across the state to realize their solar potential with detailed technical and economic calculations and the ability to connect with accredited solar installers. Distinguished from other solar maps, the NY Solar Map and Portal provides consumers with localized information, market statistics and flexible analytics.  Consumers, installers and municipal leaders can also access information on resources and programs available in their local community through the ‘In Your Area’ feature. This tool connects consumers to local ‘solarize’ group purchasing campaigns and community shared solar opportunities, which are open to renters, investors and those with non-viable roofs.

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major media coverage of the NYC Solar Map


With Flyovers, a Solar Map of New York >>

New York Times
A plane equipped with a laser system made nine post-midnight flights recently...

A 'Solar Map' of New York City >>

New York Times
The view during an aerial mapping mission over New York City. Using a technology called Light Detection and Ranging, the city plans to...

Solar Maps HelP Foster Sustainable Cities >>

Renewable Energy World
Solar energy is more accessible to Americans than ever before. There are federal tax credits, rebates....

A solar map of the new york skyline >>

The Wall Street Journal
As part of an effort to convince more New Yorkers to install solar panels on rooftops, the City University of New York has created a color coded digital map of the city...