NYC Solar Summit
Smart. Resilient. Solar.
June 4, 2013
The Graduate Center
City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Smart. The City University of New York (CUNY), and its partners*, have successfully led the implementation of four U.S. Department of Energy initiatives to address barriers to solar and support market growth in NYC. Over the last 6 years NYC has seen an 8-fold increase in installation companies and a growth in rooftop solar capacity from 1 MW to 14 MW by the close of 2012, adding over $116 million to the local economy. At the 2013 NYC Solar Summit, CUNY will showcase the programmatic and IT tools developed for NYC that aim to further reduce the soft costs of solar in the five boroughs, and now, throughout New York State. NYSolar Smart is a state-wide effort to address the non- hardware balance of systems costs of installing solar such as permitting, zoning, interconnection, outreach, policy and financing. NYSolar Smart is supported by State and City agencies as well as over 40 partners across New York.
Resilient. Never has integrating the power of solar into the mainstream been more important. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy it was determined that while the 672 solar arrays on NYC rooftops at that time sustained little or no damage during the storm, they were unable to supply critically needed power during the subsequent outage. While the capability exists, in order to tap into this resource on a broad scale, key issues such as system design, costs, technology integration, incentive structure, codes and regulations need to be addressed. America is waking up to the fact that solar and other distributed generation (DG) could be a valuable source of back-up power for the public. CUNY is leading the push to integrate solar and DG into emergency and resiliency planning and has formed the Smart DG Hub. At the Summit, CUNY will outline the changes needed in order to ensure that solar power can also be utilized as a source of emergency power.
Solar . Markets are growing in the United States due to low photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from the federal government, states, cities and utilities. The need for a streamlined infrastructure capable of handling the continued rapid scale up of solar is paramount in order for New York to emerge as a leader. CUNY, together with partners from across the City and the State, is aggressively addressing this need in New York with support from the NY-Sun Initiative as well as the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.
* The NYC Solar Partnership, led by Sustainable CUNY is comprised of the City University of New York, the NYC Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, with considerable collaboration from Con Edison. Funding for City and State programs are provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York Power Authority.