City University of New York | June 11, 2015 | Media Release

The ninth annual NY Solar Summit, convened by the City University of New York (CUNY), highlighted the ongoing efforts that have led to unparalleled growth in solar energy and solar jobs across the State and previewed the NY Solar Map and Portal to a capacity crowd. The Map, when launched in September by Sustainable CUNY, will allow New Yorkers to see their roof’s solar potential, connect with local solar opportunities, and visualize market data. The Map and Portal is supported by both the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and the NY-Sun Initiative and is designed to be the State’s one-stop shop for customers, installers, and municipal leaders to access solar information, and will provide step-by-step guidance and information on permitting, financing, and more

Launching 9/2015

“Through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, solar has grown exponentially over the past few years in New York State,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). “The NY Solar Map and Portal is an innovative tool to help us continue that growth, drive economic development and add jobs to the clean energy economy.”

NYC has one of the fastest growing urban solar markets in the country. Rick D. Chandler, Commissioner at the NYC Department of Buildings delivered the lunch Keynote, reiterating the commitment to solar through Mayor de Blasio’s ‘One City Built to Last’ program.

“I applaud CUNY for their innovative development of a Solar Map which will help educate New Yorkers on their building’s solar energy potential,” said Commissioner Rick Chandler. “Our City’s buildings are the largest users of energy, and encouraging additional investment in solar power will play a pivotal role in accomplishing the goals outlined in Mayor de Blasio’s ‘One City Built to Last’ initiative.” 

The Summit featured presentations of ‘NY’s Solar Tools’, detailing projects that can further open NY’s market to connecting large scale installations such as NYC Grid Ready, as well as a multi-year project to create a pathway to the marketplace for solar plus storage.

“Actions we, or you, may take today and tomorrow will trigger many more jobs, and megawatts of clean renewable energy- and ideally, solar energy that also has a path to resiliency through the Smart DG-Hub Resilient Solar Project,” said Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability at CUNY and lead solar implementer. “Fortunately, we have a path to follow- the same collaborative platform of working together that helped lead NYC and NYS to be in the top ten for solar capacity, will enable us to provide solutions for resiliency.”

Utility leaders gathered for an onstage animated conversation on Governor Cuomo’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ (REV); the State’s comprehensive energy strategy to build a next generation energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.

“By installing 5,000 solar arrays, our customers have made it clear they want clean energy options,” said Matthew Ketschke, Con Edison vice president, Distributed Resource Integration and Planning. “REV is an opportunity for us to explore how we can make it even easier for our customers to use the power of the sun for electricity. We support policies that achieve that in ways that are fair to all of our 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County.”

A competitive pitch session aimed at bringing ideas to solar leaders that can help achieve the goals of REV rounded out the day. The judges included Minh Le, U.S. Department of Energy Director for Solar Technologies; Richard J. Dewey, Executive Vice President, New York Independent System Operator; David Gilford, Vice President, Director of Urban Innovation and Sustainability at the NYC Economic Development CorporationTria Case, University Director of Sustainability, City University of New York; and was moderated by John Mucci, former Con Edison VP, now Senior Advisor for Executive Energy Systems Advisors.

“When the first NY Solar Summit took place in 2007, you could count on one hand the number of solar installers active in the city,” said David Gilford, Director of Urban Innovation and Sustainability at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. “But ‎today, solar has grown into an industry of more than 500 companies across the state, with an economic impact of over $200 million right here in New York City—and it continues to grow at a triple-digit pace.‎ The innovative ideas and partnerships formed through the NY Solar Summit will help New Yorkers literally harness the power of our communities, shining a whole new path for the rest of the country.”

The judges voted Sunverge the 500 dollar first prize winner for their integrated storage management and load optimization model system.

 The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority along with Consolidated Edison were prime sponsors of the New York Solar Summit, with additional support by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Challenge II and a host of other supporters. Sponsor List


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