Technical Assistance and Workshops

NYSERDA works with local governments one-on-one to help them meet their clean energy goals. Free technical assistance is available to local governments on clean energy zoning, permitting, property taxes, procurement, State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), or any other question your municipality may have. Below is our listing of free workshops that are available for local governments that qualify for Continuing Education Credits. 

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Workshops for Continuing Education Credits

Understanding Solar PV Permitting and Inspecting in New York State

Accredited by: NY Dept. of State Division of Building Standards & Codes (DOS BSC) 2 in-service hours

Provides an in-depth review of the entire process of permitting and inspecting solar systems in New York State from start to finish, including the NYS Unified Solar Permit. Workshop includes topics on code enforcement and administration, uniform fire prevention, and building code.

Understanding New York State's Real Property Tax Law Section 487

Accredited by: NY Dept. of Taxation and Finance Office of Real Property Tax Services 3 in-service hours

Helps to better understand the Real Property Tax Law 487 and how it relates to solar energy projects including an overview of solar project economics in NYS and guidance on appropriate payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) rates.

Overview of the Model Solar Energy Law

Annual Training for Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals Members: 2 in-service hours

Offers a review of the Model Solar Energy Law developed by NYSERDA as a best practice guidance. NYSERDA reviewed solar laws statewide and nationally to develop an all-inclusive model for municipalities to use to adopt a solar law.

Understanding Wind Energy in your Community

Annual Training for Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals Members — 2 in-service hours

Delivers information on wind energy basics and the processes and regulations, along with other important considerations involved in siting wind farms.

Overview of the Model Battery Energy Storage Law

Annual Training for Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals Members — 2 in-service hours

Offers a review of the Model Battery Energy Storage Law developed by NYSERDA as best practice guidance. This course also reviews battery energy storage technology basics, along with important code considerations with regard to siting battery storage projects.

Battery Energy Storage for First Responders

Accredited by: NY Dept. of State, Division of Building Standards & Codes (DOS BSC) — 2 in-service hours

Identifies potential hazards and safety considerations associated with battery energy storage systems. This course covers fire prevention, compliance with the updated New York State Uniform Code, and emergency response considerations