Become a Participating Contractor

NY-Sun depends on a network of qualified contractors and builders to install new grid-connected solar arrays for customers throughout New York State. Participating contractors gain access to our incentive program, which subsidizes the cost of installation and makes the prospect of going solar more attractive to potential customers.

Residential & Nonresidential Program

The Residential & Nonresidential Program incentivizes installations of solar panel systems that generate up to 750kW in Upstate and Long Island regions, and up to 7.5MW in Con Edison regions.

Residential & Nonresidential Program participants can register as contractors, builders, or both. Contractors are responsible for the contracting process with the customer, whereas builders are responsible for installing the system.

  • Companies approved as both contractors and builders are responsible for all aspects of their projects.
  • Before a contractor and builder can work together, they must establish a contractor-builder relationship agreement through the NY-Sun program.
  • For details on the roles and responsibilities of each, see the “Qualifications, Roles, and Responsibilities” section of the applicable program manual for the region your project is located within: Con Edison Program Manual [PDF] or Upstate and Long Island Program Manual [PDF].
  • Incentives are available only for new solar panel systems installed by participating contractors and builders.

Whether applying to be a contractor, builder, or both, applicants must include:

Experience—Prior experience with installation, shading analysis, or relevant skills; credentials; employment history; customer satisfaction; and other pertinent experiences will be considered. Applicants are also evaluated on past performance in this or other NYSERDA programs, if applicable. Applicants are required to submit a quality assurance plan, an organizational chart, and resumes of key personnel.

Customer References—Applicants must provide three verifiable solar customer references (customer name, address, phone, and email) for completed, grid-connected solar panel installations. System size (in terms of kW), interconnection date, and the applicant’s role in the project must be specified. NYSERDA may request construction photos for the projects listed as a reference.

Builder Qualifications—Builders are responsible for maintaining an individual on staff who has fulfilled at least one of the credentialing paths detailed below and must include a copy of his or her credentialing certificate as proof:

  1. NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Installation Professional Certification
  2. IBEW-NECA Electrical Journeyman and Apprentice Training (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association)
  3. UL (Underwriters Laboratory) PV System Installer

How to Apply

To participate, a company must submit an online application. Once a company is approved as a participant, it will be given access to the NYSERDA Portal to begin submitting project applications.

Commercial & Industrial Program

The Commercial & Industrial Program incentivizes installations of solar panel systems in Upstate region that are greater than 750kW. These incentives are based on the performance of the system. Applicants interested in receiving incentives for solar panel systems greater than 750kW in Con Edison region should submit a contractor application to the Residential & Nonresidential Program.

Applicants must include:

Experience—Prior experience with installation or shading analysis, or relevant skills; credentials; employment history; customer satisfaction; and other pertinent experiences will be considered. Applicants are also evaluated on past performance in this or other NYSERDA programs, if applicable. Applicants are required to submit a quality assurance plan, an organizational chart, and resumes of key personnel.

Qualifications—Applicants must fulfill one of the following qualifications:

  • Complete three commercial-scale projects in the last three years that total at least 3MW. These projects must provide verifiable references and be accompanied by a brief description of the systems installed and the applicant’s role in the project. NYSERDA may request construction photos for the projects listed as a reference.
  • Complete installation of a solar project under any of NYSERDA’s prior Customer-Sited Tier Competitive Program Opportunity Notices (PONs). This project must have reported data to the NYSERDA DG Integrated Data SystemLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. website for at least three months.

How to Apply

To participate, a company must submit an online application. Once a company is approved as a participant, it will be given access to the NYSERDA Portal to begin submitting project applications.

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