Become a Participating Contractor and Builder

NYSERDA relies on qualified contractors and builders to install new grid-connected solar electric systems for customers through the NY-Sun Incentive Program. Interested companies may apply to the Residential and Small Commercial (<200kW) Program, the Commercial and Industrial (>200kW) Program, or both.

Contractors and builders have different roles and responsibilities in the Program. Contractors are responsible for the contract with the customer, while Builders are responsible for the installation of the system. A company that is approved as both a contractor and builder is responsible for all aspects of the project. For details on the roles and responsibilities of each, see the Qualifications, Roles and Responsibilities sections in the Program Manual. Before a contractor and builder can work together, they must establish a contractor-builder relationship agreement through the Program.

Incentives are only available for new solar electric systems designed and installed by participating contractors and builders. Incentives will be provided directly to the contractor of record for the project, not to the customer or builder. To participate in the program, a company must submit a contractor application as participating contractor, builder, or both at any time while the program is open.

Once a company is approved as a contractor and/ or builder in the program, they will be given access to the NYSERDA Portal to begin submitting project applications.

Commercial and Industrial Program

The Commercial and Industrial Program incentivizes solar electric systems that are greater than 200 kW. These incentives are performance-based.

Applicants to become a Contractor 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.

Qualifications – Applicants must fulfill one of the following qualifications:

  • Complete three commercial-scale projects in the last three years that total to at least 500 kW. 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 a solar electric project under any of NYSERDA’s prior Customer-Sited Tier Competitive PONs. This project must have reported data to the NYSERDA DG Integrated Data System website for at least three months.

How to apply

Residential and Small Commercial Program

The Residential and Small Commercial Program incentivizes solar electric systems that are less than 200 kW. This Program also allows for small commercial projects up to 500 kW in the PSEG Long Island region.

Applicants to become contractor, builder or both 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.

Customer References – Applicants must provide three verifiable solar electric customer references (customer name, address, phone, and email) for completed, grid-connected solar electric installations. System size (kilowatts), 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 on-staff individual who has fulfilled one of the credentialing paths detailed below and must include a copy of their credentialing certificate as proof:

  1. NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Installation Professional Certification
    Builders who choose to become credentialed through NABCEP must have a NABCEP certified PV installation professional on staff.
  2. IBEW-NECA Electrical Journeyman & Apprentice Training (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association)
    Builders who choose to become credentialed through the IBEW must have a journeyman electrician who has completed an IBEW/NECA, NABCEP, or UL approved 40-hour PV training course on staff.
  3. UL (Underwriters Labs) PV System Installer
    Builders who choose to become credentialed through UL must have a UL certified PV system installer.

How to apply