NYC Solar Partnership


The NYC Solar Partnership is led by Sustainable CUNY who works collaboratively with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and the City University of New York (CUNY) to promote an equitable and self-sustaining solar market in pursuit of the city’s goal of installing 250 MW on private buildings by 2025.

Focus Areas

Expanding the NYC Solar Partnership provides a platform to coordinate solar programs and streamline processes to sustain the local solar industry’s growth, expand equitable access to solar power, and promote communityshared solar projects and group purchasing of solar power. Through One City: Built to Last,  the NYC Solar Partnership goals include:

•    Continuing to Reduce Costs of Installing Solar in NYC

•    Assisting with Targeted Community Shared Resilient Solar Projects
  • The NYC Solar Partnership issued a “Request for Information” (RFI) with respect to supporting a market for community shared solar in NYC in January and is preparing to launch the program shortly.

•    Promoting Group Purchasing of Solar Power – NYC Solarize
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of Solarize NYC on April 21, 2016. Media Release  Communities can apply through Successful applicants can expect financial support, marketing materials and technical assistance


NYC Solar Ombudsmen

The City funds the NYC Solar Partnership in its efforts to continue to reduce market barriers for investing in solar power, attracting solar energy companies to New York City, and increasing solar energy production capacity. This includes a team of NYC Solar Ombudsmen who provide assistance with permitting for solar installations, coordinating solar projects between City-owned properties and other entities, connecting installers and their customers to financing and incentive opportunities, and providing installers, businesses, and residents with educational resources to help accelerate investments in solar power.

In addition to these services, the expanded NYC Solar Partnership will focus on increasing the resiliency of communities by identifying and coordinating opportunities for targeted installations of solar power with battery backup storage. The NYC Solar Partnership will also expand solar access to ensure it is more equitably distributed by targeting additional assistance for communities that have historically had limited access due to financial hardship, technical constraints, or other reasons. This includes scaling up innovative solar programs, including community-based group purchasing and shared solar programs, which would provide more New Yorkers with the opportunity to benefit from this renewable energy source.


Sustainable CUNY initially formed the NYC Solar Partnership in 2006, leading the Mayor’s Office and NYC EDC in developing and implementing comprehensive plans for large-scale solar integration and associated economic development in New York City. This strategic approach has resulted in multiple U.S. DOE grant awards, which Sustainable CUNY implements on behalf of NYC, in collaboration with over 40 key partners. In addition to the Department of Energy, funding partners include the NY-Sun Intiative through New York Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, the City of New York. the City University of New York and Consolidated Edison, Inc.


U.S. Department of Energy Initiatives



Smart DG Hub - Resilient Solar Project


SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II


SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge I


ARRA ‘Special Projects’


Solar America City


Million Solar Roofs