NYSERDA and Open NY Expand Access to Information on Solar Projects in Development to Accelerate Solar Industry Growth

Government transparency effort to help solar industry, financiers and researchers better serve future solar market opportunities in New York State

June 16, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has made data available on residential and small commercial solar projects currently in development in New York State through NY-Sun, an integral component of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). The data are publicly available on Open NY, Governor Cuomo's comprehensive open data portal.

The inclusion of solar pipeline projects will add almost 15,000 projects to Open NY and presents a clear and transparent picture to help the private sector scale up New York's sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Industry growth supports the State's Clean Energy Standard, which mandates that 50 percent of electricity generation come from renewable energy sources by 2030. Previously, NYSERDA provided details on Open NY about 44,000 solar projects installed since 2003.

"The availability of this information will help the solar industry and clean energy technology companies to better target business opportunities in the State," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "This is one of many activities New York State is taking under Governor Cuomo to spur renewable energy development as we work toward the Clean Energy Standard goal."

NYSERDA anticipates that the data will be widely used by various segments of the public.

  • Local communities can know what projects are underway to prepare for permitting and other activities.
  • Developers can see where projects are being successfully interconnected to help target future projects. 
  • Companies and academic institutions can use the data to create mapping tools (e.g. solar interconnection potential, customer acquisition solutions).
  • The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) can inform their energy production forecasting.
  • Potential participants in Shared Solar can view where these types of projects are coming on line. 
  • Residents and businesses can learn who in their neighborhood or larger community is installing solar projects.
  • Job seekers can become aware of projects coming to their market and make themselves available for project construction. 

The solar pipeline includes all residential and small commercial solar projects that have submitted applications for incentives to NYSERDA. Among other formats, the data is available as a data set and as a bar chart that shows the expected kilowatt hour annual production by county. Additional information related to the data set is available in the 'About' section on the site. Projects will be updated on the site monthly.

Individual project information for pipeline and installed projects includes city, county, zip code; whether the project is residential, small commercial or government facility; and whether the project is located at the site of the building that will use the power or at a different location (i.e., remote net metering). It also includes the total project cost, the NY-Sun incentive, the system size in kilowatts, the expected annual electricity production in kilowatt hours, equipment manufacturers and other categories of data.

NYSERDA has also included on the Open NY site a map of project locations and a stacked bar graph of megawatts in the pipeline by sector and by county.

In addition to adding the solar pipeline data to Open NY, NYSERDA has added U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center data on more than 20,000 public alternative vehicle fueling stations nationwide, including almost 1,000 biodiesel, compressed natural gas, E85 (ethanol) and electric charging stations in New York State. The alternative fuel stations in New York State are available here.

Putting this data on Open NY is one of many approaches to spur the use of alternative vehicles, as New York advances development of a cleaner, more efficient transportation system. Each electric charging station is counted once in this data set, no matter how many electric outlets are on the stations. NYSERDA estimates there are more than 1,500 electric vehicle charging station outlets in the State, including both public and private stations. Most of the private stations are at workplaces.

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