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NYSERDA Announces Solar Training for Local Officials to Support Creation of Sustainable Solar Industry Under NY-Sun

Training to Help Streamline Local PV Permitting and Inspections, and Teach Firefighters How to Safely Work Around PV

August 04, 2014

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the launch of the NY-Sun PV Trainers Network to provide training to help local officials streamline permitting and inspection processes and to help firefighters safely work on buildings where solar is installed. The training is part of a statewide strategy to create a sustainable solar industry that will not rely on government subsidies and is an element of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative.

The program aims to reduce some of the obstacles to mainstream adoption of solar energy by local governments, particularly those related to the time and costs associated with PV permitting, installation, inspection and approvals by local municipalities. The training is designed to help streamline the approval process for local communities and will enable them to meet their community economic development, job creation and sustainability goals while stimulating wide-scale adoption of cost-effective solar electric installations.

The workshops will begin in August, and will be provided to participants for free or at a minimal cost.

"Providing tools and training for local officials involved in approving solar installations will help overcome market barriers for installers and will streamline the process and reduce costs,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "Governor Cuomo has made a major commitment to the scale-up of a sustainable, subsidy-free solar energy industry, and the PV Trainers Network will help New York State accelerate those efforts."

The training is a partnership of NYSERDA, Meister Consultants Group, Entech Engineering, the City University of New York (CUNY) and other academic institutions.

“NYS is currently fifth in the country for solar jobs, with a significant amount of PV applications in the queue,” said Tria Case, lead implementer of the NYSolar Smart Program and University Director of Sustainability. “CUNY is proud to have teamed up once again with NYSERDA and our many partners to provide a training network for officials across the state that will open the door to more clean renewable energy and enable jurisdictions to send the message that they are open for solar business.”

The NY-Sun PV Trainers Network offers training to a wide variety of audiences involved in solar energy permitting, installation, inspection and approval processes, including local policy makers, code enforcement officials, inspectors, engineers, architects and first responders. The training will be provided over a three-year period across New York State.

The training and workshops offered include:

  • Introduction to Solar Policy for planners, administrators and code officials
  • Developing a Solar Strategy for planners, administrators and code officials
  • Solar Electric Permitting and Inspection Methods for electrical and building code officials
  • Solar Electric Engineering Structural Considerations & Plan Review for architects, engineers and installers (in some instances)
  • Safety and Fire Considerations for Solar Electric for firefighters and first responders

Training classes will range from one-hour webinars to half-day workshops and two-day advanced training, each tailored to the needs of the audience.

In addition, the Network offers in-depth technical training assistance on solar electric policy-related topics such as:

  • Incorporating solar energy into a comprehensive plan
  • Drafting solar development regulations
  • Streamlining and troubleshooting support of solar permitting and inspection processes
  • Identifying local solar financing options
  • Procuring solar for municipal facilities

For more information about the NY-Sun PV Trainers Network visit https://training.ny-sun.ny.govLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative provides long-term funding certainty that will boost existing businesses and attract new investments to New York from global solar companies for greater economic growth. NY-Sun is part of the Governor’s commitment to protect the environment and lower energy costs for all New Yorkers by improving the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. A portion of the initiative’s funding provides for consumer education efforts.

With this initiative, New York’s role as a leader and first mover in shaping the future of energy remains firmly in place. By developing innovative market solutions, the State is delivering on Governor Cuomo’s commitment to transform the energy industry into a more resilient, clean, cost-effective and dynamic system. Working with State, citizen and industry stakeholders, New York’s energy policy is moving to a more market-based, decentralized approach. This means preserving the environment, decreasing energy costs, and creating opportunities for economic growth for current and future generations of New Yorkers. In advancing these new energy systems and solutions, New Yorkers will have improved energy affordability and efficiency without sacrificing the ability to live in a cleaner, resilient and more sustainable environment.

As this nation's largest urban university, the City University of New York (CUNY) plays a transformational role in our sustainable future with an educational footprint that spans 24 academic institutions and over half a million students, faculty and staff. Since 2006 Sustainable CUNY has led the implementation of multiple Federal and State solar initiatives, working with partners to strategically remove barriers to large scale solar deployment across New York State. To learn more about NYSolar Smart and resiliency efforts through the Smart DG Hub visit sustainablecuny.orgLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on TwitterLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., FacebookLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., YouTubeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., or InstagramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Last Updated: 10/22/2014

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