Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, uses sunlight to produce electricity. Individual solar cells, each made from semiconductor materials, connect together to form PV modules and produce electricity. These solar modules, in turn, combine and connect to form PV arrays.
NY-Sun Competitive PV Program (for systems larger than 200 kW)
The New York Sun Competitive PV Program is part of the New York State RPS Customer-Sited Tier Program. NYSERDA invites proposals for the installation of customer-sited PV projects in New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) load zones A through J. All systems must be greater than 200 kW. Complete proposals that demonstrate project viability and capability will be competitively selected based on their incentive bid in dollars per kilowatt hour ($/kWh). All Projects must be installed within eight (8) months of the award date. For details, see PON 2589 New York Sun Competitive PV Program.
NYSERDA Standard Offer PV Program Incentives (for systems 200 kW and smaller)
The Solar Standard Offer PV Incentive Program offers homeowner incentives to help reduce the installation costs associated with photovoltaic (PV) or solar-electric systems 25 kilowatt (kW) and smaller. A 2 kW PV system provides about 20-30 percent of an average home’s energy needs. Incentives are also available for not-for-profit and commercial customers. For details, see Attachment H: NYSERDA Solar PV Program Manual [PDF] from PON 2112: Solar PV Program Financial Incentives.
- Save 40-70% off the purchase cost and install a solar electric system by combining this program with other New York Energy $martSM programs.
- Automatically receive a full five-year parts and labor warranty.
- Generate excess electricity with a system smaller than 25 kW and get credited on your utility bill for the amount of electricity you produce over and above what you use.
Standard Offer PV Program - Funding Balance
The Standard Offer PV Funding Balance displays up to date information on the Standard Offer PV Program Incentive Budget.
Clean Power Estimator
The Clean Power Estimator uses the data provided to gather information about your utility rates, available sunlight at your site, and all available incentive and tax credits to generate a customized estimate of the costs and savings of installing a PV System using an eligible installer under NYSERDA's PV incentaive program.
Solar Thermal (ST) Technology (Hot Water)
Solar thermal technology uses collectors to capture the heat from the sun to produce hot water.
NYSERDA Solar Thermal Program Incentives
Incentives are available to residential (single and multifamily), commercial, and non-profit customers for new end-use Solar Thermal water heating system. You may be eligible to receive incentives to help fund the installation cost of Solar Thermal (ST) for the production of hot water to displace electrically heated hot water. Systems are capped at $4,000.00 per site/meter for residential systems and $25,000.00 per site/meter for nonresidential applications.
- On average, incentives for a typical residential or commercial system are expected to cover approximately 15 to 20% of the installed cost of a ST system.
- Solar thermal systems can supply 50-80% of your hot water needs.
Last Updated: 10/07/2013