Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

NYC Solar America Cities(19237)

Research Foundation of The City


In June 2007, New York City was designated a Solar America City under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America City Initiative. The NYC Solar America City Partnership, led by Sustainable CUNY, comprises the City University of New York, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability. The Partnership has been working together with key stakeholders, such as Con Edison, the Department of Buildings, the New York Power Authority and NYSERDA, to support large-scale solar-energy market growth in New York City. The City received additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for special projects that tackle specific barriers to urban solar-energy use.

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Project Description

Funding for this program helped in promoting the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. It was specifically used to support identification of installation barriers, development of a New York Solar Planning Map, development of a specification for a data-acquisition system, and investigation into building a community solar pilot.


Identifying barriers to installing solar PV technology allowed improvements to the permitting and approval processes, and made installations more attractive. A solar-planning map can help identify suitable locations for solar PV through estimation of the solar potential of any building in the City. The SMART Solar City Data Acquisition System provides real-time information on solar production in New York City. Investigation into the community solar pilot has shown how solar power can be made available for New Yorkers who do not have the resources necessary to build their own solar PV systems.

Project Results

A final report on long-term solar-policy evaluation was delivered identifying barriers that need to be addressed in implementing solar PV in the City. The New York Solar City Planning Map was launched at the 2011 New York City Solar Summit and has proven effective in identifying the solar potential of many sites in the City. A real time data acquisition system was developed and implemented on solar PV systems in the Solar Empowerment Zones. A report was generated that analyzes various models of Community Solar and identifies the most viable model for implementation in New York City.


Research Foundation of The City
University of New York 230 W 41st St., 7th Fl
New York, NY 10036

Principle Investigator

Allison Kling

Universities Involved



Project Type:

Research Study

Technologies Types:

NYSERDA Contact Information

Paul Vainauskas


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 12/31/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 19237

Last Updated: 11/29/2012