Program Updates

This page contains program updates such as program monthly conference call notes, webinars, solar announcements, and updates on the Commercial and Industrial stakeholder meeting.

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Program Monthly Conference Calls

Monthly conference calls for Participating Contractors and Builders in NY-Sun occur the 2nd Thursday of every month from 9:00AM-10:00AM. Join us via conference call: 1-866-394-2346 and conference code#: 3950554767

Conference Call Agenda [PDF]

Webinars

Value of Distributed Energy

Residential Financing Updates

Community Distributed Generation (CDG) Webinar (8-27-2015)

C/I Stakeholder Meeting Webinars

Commercial and Industrial Stakeholder Meeting Updates

Review meeting updates from the semi- annual Commercial and Industrial Stakeholder Meetings where attendees share information on program activity, regulatory developments, and market conditions.

Stakeholder Meeting -April 5, 2016

Stakeholder Meeting- October 26, 2015

Stakeholder Meeting- April 7, 2015

Announcements


4/20/17 - VDER Summary for PV Developers

Dear Participating Contractors and Builders:

The New York Public Service Commission recently approved an order to more precisely value solar resources that may have an effect on your business model. NYSERDA has provided a VDER basic summary for solar developers [PDF] to better understand its potential impacts.The NY-Sun summary does not include all aspects of the Order; however, it covers most of what you need to understand. More details can be found, including the complete Order, on the VDER pageLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. on the Department of Public Service website.

If you have any questions about VDER, please do not hesitate to contact communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

Sincerely,

NY-Sun team

4/13/17 - Residential Small Comercial Program Changes

Dear Participating Contractors and Builders:

NYSun is always striving to improve the Program by periodically making updates to help the solar industry while protecting the consumer's investment. Based on a review of our current process and talking with many installers we have made the following changes to the Residential Small Commercial Program effective immediately:

  • Customer Signature is no longer required on project invoices for Residential projects, with a few exceptions:
    • Projects utilizing Green Jobs Green New York financing,Affordable Solar incentive and nonresidential projects will still be required to obtain customer signature on the projectinvoice(s)
  • Green Jobs Green New York loan payments will be released only after approval of final incentive payment. The Request for Release of Loan Form will no longer be accepted.
  • Electrical inspection certificate is no longer required with the project invoice submission
  • All Residential projects will be required to utilize 100% project invoice request (The 75% / 25% two payment option is no longer available for Residential projects.)
    • Nonresidential projects may continue to utilize the 75% / 25% OR 100% project invoice request
  • The project completion timeline will change from 210 calendar days to 365 calendar days as of the project Approval date
    • All projects that are going to be overdue (past the 365 days) at the time of this announcement will have until May 15th to either cancel, submit final invoice or request an extension.
  • Project extensions will be granted only in circumstances beyond the Contractor, Builder or Customer's control and must include proof backing up the reason for the extension
    • NYSun will be strictly enforcing this rule
    • Residential projects may be granted an additional 90-day extension only once
    • Small Commercial projects may be granted an additional 180-day extension, with the option for requesting a second 180-day extension
  • PSEG Long Island Small Commercial MW Block project incentive cap  will increase from 200kW nameplate capacity to 500kW

 Please review the updated Program Manual [PDF] inclusive of all the new NY-Sun Website.

As always, thank yo for your participation in the NY-Sun Program.

 

Sincerely,

NY-Sun team

3/22/17 - DPS Webinar Information on the VDER Order

Webinar details for Phase One Order on Net Metering on Friday, March 24th from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm can be accessed currently on the Department of Public Service (DPS) website . For individuals unable to join the webinar, you may access a recording on the DPS website for future viewing. A copy of the order may be accessed here.

We hope you can join us and look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

NY-Sun team

3/13/17 - Important Net-Meetering Rule Change

Dear Contractors,

We are writing to notify you of some time-sensitive developments regarding Net Energy Metering (NEM). On March 9, 2017, the New York State Public Service Commission issued an order that initiates a transition from NEM to compensation mechanisms more consistent with the objectives of the state's Reforming the Energy Vision policies and the continued development of distributed energy resources. Over the coming weeks we will be working with Commission Staff to provide a practical explanation of how the order affects solar resources and to answer questions, but in the meantime we wanted to make you aware of an immediate change that may directly impact some of your projects.

In-service projects and projects that have completed construction as of March 9, 2017 have the opportunity to be grandfathered under the existing NEM tariffs (Public Service Law §66j).
Projects that had not completed construction by March 9, 2017 will be compensated under the new Value of DER (VDER) Phase One tariff. Under the new tariff, there is a compensation mechanism available for certain projects, referred to as Phase One NEM, which is similar to the current NEM but subject to a 20-year compensation term. In order to be grandfathered for NEM, for projects that had
completed installation construction as of the date of the Commission's decision, March 9, 2017, but have not yet been interconnected, MUST notify the interconnecting utility by March 17, 2017. Specific requirements are as follows.

  • Projects that either are in service or that have completed Step 8 of the SIR for projects larger than 50 kW or Step 4 of the SIR for projects smaller than 50 kW by the close of business on March 9, 2017 and that provide written notice to the interconnecting utility by March 17, 2017 will receive NEM based on existing tariffs; all other projects will receive service based on the VDER Phase One tariff.
  • Written notice to the interconnecting utility of complete installation on or before March 9, 2017 should be provided in accordance with Step 9 of the SIR for large projects or Step 5 of the SIR for small projects, and must be provided to the interconnecting utility by March 17, 2017. This will ensure that projects for which all development activity is complete will retain their expected  compensation mechanism.

We appreciate your commitment to helping solar energy grow in New York State and thank you for your continued support of the NY-Sun Initiative.

3/7/17 - Interconnection Updates and QA

Dear All,

NYSERDA and Department of Public Service (DPS) ombudspersons will be hosting a monthly webinar to communicate information on the process and timeline for interconnections per the Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR) and will be available to answer questions. The first monthly call will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:30am. In order to address the main issues of importance to the group, please send topics you would like to discuss at this meeting to the following contact information prior to the meeting:

Houtan Moaveni, (518) 862 1090 x 3016
houtan.moaveni@nyserda.ny.gov

Elizabeth Grisaru, (518) 486 2653
elizabeth.grisaru@dps.ny.gov

 

 

Thank you,
NYSun team

2/17/17 - Interconnection Queue Management Webinar

Good Morning,

The New York State Public Service Commission updated the rules and requirements for interconnection to the electric grid applicable to solar power projects greater than 50 kW on January 25, 2017. The new rules are designed to clear out a backlog of inactive project proposals, and allow well developed projects to proceed. The new rules include fixed deadlines for developer action and cost sharing requirements for any system upgrades necessary to safely connect projects to the grid.

 On February 16 at 1 p.m., the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the NewYork State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will hold a webinar providing an overview of the new rules and how they will apply to solar projects.

12/5/16 - Commercial/Industrial Stakeholder Meeting

Scheduled for December 9, 2016 1:00pm-3: 00pm

The third semiannual NYSun Commercial/Industrial stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Friday December 9, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the NYSERDA Boardroom at 17 Columbia Circle, Albany NY. These meetings are an opportunity to share information on program activity, regulatory developments and market conditions. Your participation and feedback is vital to the success of the program and a self-sustaining solar industry in New York.

In order to address the main issues of importance to the group, NYSERDA is requesting agenda items prior to the meeting. Please send topics you would like to discuss at this meeting to  Commercial.IndustrialPV@nyserda.ny.gov by Monday, December 5, 2016.

Participation is welcome either in person or via teleconference.

Join the Meeting
Event number: 669 169 822
Event password: mwblock

Audio conference: +14156550001
Access code: 669 169 822

 

Please be considerate of other participants and mute your line upon entry.

Slides and the meeting recording will be posted after the meeting on the NYSun website.

Thank you,
David Sandbank
Director, NYSun

11/28/16 - Onsite Power Conference & Expo

Onsite Power Conference & Expo: Integrating Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Solar PV, and Energy Storage

New York Hilton Midtown
Sixth Avenue between 53rd and 54th

Generate new ideas, new connections, and new opportunities.

NYSERDA, along with cleantech industry partners, is hosting an OnSite Power Conference & Expo featuring the integration of clean energy solutions and systems. These include combined heat and power (CHP), solar PV, and battery/fuel cell technologies.

9/8/16 - New NYSERDA Portal is Open

Dear Participating Contractors and Builders:

 

NYSERDA greatly values your participation in our programs and appreciates your partnership in building the market for clean energy. We are pleased to announce that the new NYSERDA portal (Salesforce) has launched! You should have received an email in the last twelve (12) hours letting you know that your account has been created and is ready to use. (Please remember to check your "junk" folder) if you have not received. Moving forward, please use this URL to log in: NYSERDA Portal

Change Orders Request functionality will be made available shortly and a separate updated announcement will follow.

As a reminder we have released revisions to the PON 2112 (Residential/Small Commercial) and PON 3082 (Commercial/Industrial) programs outlining these changes which can be found here: Funding Opportunities

The revised Participation Agreement is located here: Participation Agreement

Updated Program Manuals and revised Addendums for both Programs are located here: Residential and Small Commercial and Commercial/Industrial

The NYSun team is here to support you with any questions you may have. In order to assist you please visit the Salesforce Training and Resources Page. This page includes reference guides for processes and a Frequently Asked Question and Answer section. Salesforce Training and Resources

We appreciate your support in the transition of this successful program.

We are here to help if you need us, and we have a team in place to facilitate your issues should you encounter them. Please contact PVprocessing@nyserda.ny.gov. and provide a detailed message including how best to reach you so that we can attend to it as fast possible. Our goal is to respond within 1 hour during business hours.

Thank you,

The NY-Sun Team

8/25/16 - GJGNY loan payment milestone

Dear Participating Contractors and Builders:

Eight months ago, NYSERDA put a process in place that allowed Contractors to receive Green Jobs ‐ Green New York loan payments upon submission of only the electrical inspection. This process has required some homeowners to make loan payments prior to solar  interconnection and sign‐off on project completion. Therefore, after further review, we are ‐ effective immediately ‐ requiring customer sign‐off when a contractor requests a loan payment prior to utility interconnect. NYSERDA will release the loan only after it receives and approves the following documents:

  • Signed Request for Release of Loan Form
  • Electrical inspection

The Financing Only‐No Incentive process remains the same, please see the Program Manual, section 2.9.3 for detailed requirements.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to expand solar energy in New York State.


Thank you,

David Sandbank
Director ­ NY Sun

8/25/16 - Salesforce Transition Postponed ­- Powerclerk and Inboxes Open for All Submissions

Dear Participating Contractors and Builders:

The rollout of the new Salesforce platform (NYSERDA Portal) has been postponed in order to ensure a smooth transition for all of our contractors and partners.

Due to this change, Powerclerk will remain open for new project submissions and will not close on 8/12/16. The inboxes for Change Requests and Invoices will reopen immediately. You may also continue to submit requests for the Release of Green Jobs Green New York projects per program rules.

The last day for submissions through Powerclerk and program inboxes will now be Wednesday, August 31, and the new NYSERDA Portal will open on Thursday, September 8. As a reminder, projects in unsubmitted status in Powerclerk will not carry over to the NYSERDA Portal.

The Salesforce "sandbox" will also remain open. The sandbox is a test environment that is available prior to the launch of the actual Salesforce platform. Users can play in the sandbox to become familiar with the new platform. All applications created in the sandbox will not carry over to the actual Salesforce platform after the launch date. As a reminder if you have any issues with the sandbox environment, please send to PVProcessing@nyserda.ny.gov.

NY­Sun is dedicated to training and supporting program contractors during this transition. Salesforce training and resources can be found at http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All­Programs/Programs/NY­Sun/ProjectDevelopers/Salesforce­Training­and­Resources, and this page will be updated regularly with additional resources and information as it becomes available  

 

We appreciate your patience during this transition and will do our best to answer any and all questions.

 

Thank you,

The NY-Sun Team

8/25/16 - Updated Salesforce Transition Information

Dear Participating Contractors and Builders:

The Salesforce "sandbox" will remain open until Wednesday, August 31, 2016. We highly encourage you to utilize this period to become familiar with the new platform if you have not done so already.

Very Important for Residential/Small Commercial Contractors and
Builders Only: All relationships established in the sandbox will carry over to the new Portal. In order to hit the ground running upon portal launch, it is important to establish all your relationships in the sandbox to begin project application submissions on September 8th. The Project applications created in the sandbox are for testing purposes only and will not carry over to the new Portal.

The Salesforce Training and Resources webpage has been updated with important transition information and training resources. Materials available now includes:

  • Recorded Contractor
  • Training Webinar FAQ's
  • Step­-by­-Step guides to assist in navigating the NYSERDA Portal


This page will be updated regularly with additional resources and information as it becomes available.

As a reminder, if you have any questions or issues, please email PVProcessing@nyserda.ny.gov. We will do our best to answer any and all questions.

Again, we appreciate your patience during this transition!

 

Thank you,

The NY-Sun Team

7/25/16 - Transition to Salesforce

Dear Participating Contractors and Builders:

 

The NYSun Residential/Small Commercial <200kW Program and Commercial/Industrial >200kW Program will transition from Powerclerk to Salesforce on Monday, August 15, 2016.

In order to provide the most seamless transition possible it is important that you attend at least one Training and Q&A session prior to launch.

For each training session, the first hour will focus on the Residential/Small Commercial Program, and the second hour will focus on the Commercial/Industrial Program

 

Upcoming Contractor and Q&A sessions:

Contractor Training Session #1
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1pm to 3pm
Webinar
Event Number: 661 311 637
Event Password: 1234
Audio Conference:+14156550001  Access Code: 661 311 637

Contractor Training Q&A Session #1
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10am to 12pm
Webinar
Event Number:664 098 969
Event Password: 1234
Audio Conference:+14156550001  Access Code: 664 098 969

Contractor Training Session #2
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 1pm to 3pm
Webinar
 Event Number:664 359 847
Event Password: 1234
Audio Conference:+14156550001  Access Code: 664 359 847

Contractor Training Q&A Session #1
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 1pm to 3pm
Webinar
Event Number: 664 923 906
Event Password: 1234
Audio Conference:+14156550001  Access Code: 664 923 906

 
Salesforce Sandbox
In addition, all participating Contractors and Builders will have access to a
Salesforce test environment "sandbox" prior to launch. The purpose of this
sandbox is intended for users to become familiar with this new platform.
The sandbox will be available from Thursday, July 28 to Wednesday,
August 10, 2016. All applications created in the test environment will not
carry over to the actual Salesforce platform after the launch date. Approved
Contractors and Builders in Provisional and Full status will be able to begin
establishing relationships as detailed in the Updated Contractor/Builder
PDF presentation. Relationships approved in the sandbox will transfer to
the actual Salesforce platform.

Access to Salesforce
Each participating company will receive one Salesforce login that can be
used for access to the sandbox. A different login will be provided to
companies for use in the actual Salesforce platform. Companies are
responsible for updating their own company information (i.e. address,
phone #'s, users) and can create additional logins in the actual Salesforce
platform.

Last Day to Submit New Project Applications into Powerclerk
In order to properly migrate existing Powerclerk project information and
documents, new Project Applications will not be accepted after 3pm on
Friday, August 12, 2016. Projects in Unsubmitted status in Powerclerk will
not carry over to the actual Salesforce platform after the launch date.

 Last Day to Submit Existing Approved Project Documents
Friday, July 29, 2016 will be the last day to submit Change Requests
including Extension Requests, Incentive Requests and new applications to
participate as a Contractor in the Program. Staff will be working diligently to
process and approve all requests submitted. Once Salesforce launches new
forms will be required and additional information will be shared shortly.

Please know the NYSun team is here to support you in this transition. We
will do our best to answer any and all questions.

Thank you,

David Sandbank
Director, NYSun

7/22/16 - Announcement: NY-Sun –Program Changes Applicable to Residential/Small Commercial <200kW Program

NY-Sun program changes[PDF] applicable to residential/small commercial <200kW program

5/23/16 - Announcement: Green Jobs-Green New York Loan Fund Update

NYSERDA greatly values your participation in our programs and appreciates your partnership in building the market for clean energy. The Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) residential revolving loan fund has filled a gap in the market for residential energy efficiency and PV loans for several years. Since the inception of NYSERDA's loan program, more than 14,500 On-Bill Recovery and Smart Energy loans totaling more than $170 million have been issued across all of the residential programs! This is a great accomplishment - thank you for making these options available to your customers.

The availability of the expanded loan underwriting criteria ("Tier 2" criteria) offered through GJGNY has enabled households who cannot qualify for traditional lending to participate in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The availability of On-Bill Recovery (OBR) loans provides an alternative repayment method attractive to consumers. Overall, the demand for loans has increased dramatically over the past two years. However, the current interest rates do not fully cover the costs of providing the loans, and as a result, the residential loan fund is not sustainable as currently designed.

As you are a valued partner, we want to make you aware that we will soon be implementing changes in the GJGNY residential loan program that are needed to ensure its long-term sustainability. Interest rates will be adjusted as described below effective September 1, 2016. In addition, to manage the increase in loan volume, we are implementing improvements in loan processing and queue management.

Changes in Interest Rates

By adjusting the interest rates, NYSERDA can continue to offer financing, including OBR loans, to all income sectors, while focusing attention on households that otherwise lack access in the private lending marketplace. In consultation with the GJGNY Advisory Council, NYSERDA has established the following new interest rates[1] for loan applications received on or after September 1, 2016:

  • 3.49% for households with incomes up to 80% of the area median income (AMI), which is the same as the current interest rate
  • 4.99% for households with incomes above 80% AMI up to 120% AMI
  • 5.99% for households with incomes above 120% AMI who are only eligible through Tier 2 criteria
  • 6.99% for energy efficiency only projects for households with incomes above 120% AMI who qualify through Tier 1 criteria
  • 7.99% for PV projects or projects including renewable energy systems for households with incomes above 120% AMI who qualify through Tier 1 criteria.

Additional detail regarding loan fund sustainability can be found in the presentations provided at the recent GJGNY Advisory Council meetings at http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/About/Green-Jobs-Green-New-York/Advisory-Council/Meetings.

Managing the Loan Application Queue

NYSERDA's loan origination contractor, Energy Finance Solutions (EFS), recently launched a new streamlined loan origination system. The system provides an improved application and approval process, better access to loan application status information, and improved loan queue maintenance.

Maintaining accurate information about the loan application queue is important to effective loan fund management. As you know, loan applicants receive letters from EFS regarding loan application status and timeframes within which the applicant must provide certain documentation to move ahead with the loan. NYSERDA has updated the timeframes based on historic project timeline data:

  • Pre-approved loan applications will now have 180 days (compared to 60 days previously) to provide required documents, including project approval, before the loan pre-approval expires.
  • Once loan documents are signed, the applicant and/or their contractor will have 240 days (as opposed to 180 days previously) to provide project completion documents before the loan approval expires.

The new loan origination system will have an automated feature that enables NYSERDA to regularly review application pipeline status. Applicants not meeting the stated timelines will have their application withdrawn unless they have requested an extension. This process will enable NYSERDA to provide better customer service, have a more reliable estimate of loan fund budget needs, and better maintain loan fund sustainability.

Additional Financing Options

A number of new private sector financing options for energy efficiency and renewable energy have emerged in New York State over the past year. These loan products may offer features that better meet the needs of some of your customers. From time to time, we will sponsor webinars in which those lenders will provide information about their products. We will notify you of the dates and times of those webinars, and will post the information on our program partner portals. We expect these additional financing options will help support the continued growth of the energy efficiency services and renewable energy industries in New York.

New York is making great strides to accelerate and expand private investments in the clean energy economy, to support and attract new business models and market participants, and to continue focusing public resources on underserved areas of the market. We look forward to continuing to work with you to significantly build scale in energy efficiency and solar markets.

[1] This interest rate applies to On-Bill Recovery Loans and Smart Energy loans, which include automatic payment deduction from a checking account. Interest rates for Smart Energy loans that include standard billing by mail from the Loan Servicer are 0.5% higher than the rate shown here.

5/2/16 - Announcement: Home Performance, Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal and Renewable Heat Financing Webinar

In response to requests, NYSERDA is conducting a webinar on Monday, May 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to inform partner contractors and installers about additional financing options available to residential customers. New York's Home Performance, PV, Solar Thermal and Renewable Heating contractors are invited to hear from private sector lenders interested in providing financing options for residential energy efficiency retrofits and solar projects. Each lender will discuss their financing product and will provide their contact information if you would like to speak with them in greater detail about their products.

Following the webinar, each presentation will be posted at the following online sites:

The webinar is for informational purposes only. NYSERDA is in no way endorsing or promoting any of the lenders participating in this webinar, nor any of their products. If you are interested in participating in the financing webinar, contact Deidre Maturo at (518) 8621090, ext. 3121, or Deidre.Maturo@nyserda.ny.gov.

Webinar access information will be provided to participants on Friday, May 6. When responding, please indicate if you want your contact information shared with the lenders presenting at this webinar.

We hope that you will be able to attend this important webinar to learn about financing opportunities available for energy efficiency and solar projects in New York.

4/21/16 - NY-Sun New Website, New Email List

Dear Contractors, Installers, and other Project Development Teams, 

The NY-Sun website has a new look and its address has changed. Visit
nyserda.ny.gov/ny-sun to access NY-Sun information and resources. Installers,
developers, contractors, and project development teams can find information
they need under the Project Developers section in the left-side navigation
(formerly called "For Installers").

Frequently visited pages include:

In addition, we are transitioning to a new email list. If you are still interested in receiving solar announcements and updates about NY-Sun, you must sign up for our NEW email lists by June 1, 2016. Solar Announcements sent after this date will be sent to the new email list only.

Contact Lillie Ghobrial (Lillie.Ghobrial@nyserda.ny.gov) if you have questions about finding resources on the new web pages.

Thank you, NY-Sun Team

4/18/16 - Long Island MW Block Completely Allocated

To Solar Contractors:

NYSERDA, LIPA and PSEG Long Island continue to monitor the Long Island PV market, and we are pleased to announce that Powerclerk is still available to allow eligible contractors to submit project applications for the Affordable Solar incentive (currently 20 cents a watt) for Long Island residential low and moderate income customers. The new Finance Request Form  as well as the revised Program Manual is currently live on the NY­ Sun website.

In addition, the LIPA Board recently approved Community Net Metering on Long Island, which allows you to build projects that residents can buy into or lease parts of to reduce their energy bills.

NY­-Sun will also continue efforts to reduce balance of system costs, including streamlining the inspection and permitting process, and reducing customer acquisition and equipment costs.

We appreciate your commitment and work to advance New York's energy goals and build a clean energy economy, and expect you will have future success as solar continues to expand on Long Island.

Thank you,
David Sandbank Director, NY­-Sun

4/13/16 - Monthly Installer Conference Call Agenda

Monthly Installer Conference Call Agenda

Call In Number: 18663942346
Conference Code #: 3950554767

PV PORTION: 9:00AM 10:00 AM

1. Egan Waggoner, PV Trainers Network
2. David Limbach and Joe Trainor PSEG LI CDG
3. Bob Boerner PSEG LI Forthcoming Solar Loan Program
4. Mike Mahon and Jon Sharp, 2014 NEC Rapid Response Shutdown
5. Program Announcements
6. Operations Updates <200kW Program
7. Technical Updates <200kW Program
8. >200kW Program Updates
9. Open Q&A
 

4/13/16 - C/I MW Block Stakeholder Meeting Follow-Up

Dear Stakeholders,

Thank you for joining us at the second semiannual Commercial Industrial stakeholder meeting held on 4/5/2016. We value the opportunity to work with stakeholders to build a self-sustaining
solar industry in New York and help develop a clean energy economy.

The slides and webinar recording from the meeting can be found on our NY-Sun C/I Stakeholder Meeting Page.

Because of your hard work New York has made substantial progress to expand its solar capacity. New York's solar industry is currently the fourth largest in the nation and employs more than 8,250 workers, an increase of more than 3,000 jobs since 2013. In 2016, double-digit
job growth is expected to continue with another 1,000 additional jobs created as a result
of the state's robust solar project pipeline.

We acknowledge that there is a lot more work to be done and to build on this success, we welcome your input on actions that should be considered to minimize solar development barriers and reduce solar project costs. We value our partnerships with stakeholders, and want to maintain ongoing communication throughout the year, in addition to our semiannual
meetings.

We have a new email list we are transitioning to. If you are still interested in receiving updates and information about NYSun, you will need to sign up by June 1, 2016.

We encourage you to provide feedback on the NYSun program by emailing: Commercial.IndustrialPV@nyserda.ny.gov

We look forward to working with you to maintain this strong momentum and help New York residents, businesses and organizations realize the benefits of clean, sustainable solar power.

Thank You,
David Sandbank
Director, NYSun

4/13/16 - Hire Solar Ready Vets

Are you planning on hiring workers in 2016?

Solar Ready Vets might be the answer if you are interested in interviewing job candidates who have experience working in teams, can follow orders, are physically fit, and accustomed to working in all kinds of weather. While in the Army these candidates worked toward developing disciplined work habits and are now excited about pursuing opportunities offered in the solar industry. Many have management experience, while others like working with their hands. Some have experience with electrical and power systems.

Candidates with these attributes will be available for interviews with your companies on February 16 and 17 at Fort Drum. The first class of Solar Ready Vets from Fort Drum, Watertown, NY will graduate having received an intensive 5-week training that includes: tested classroom PV training; hands-on training; the OSHA 30-hour course, and attainment of NABCEP EL.

These veterans are leaving the Army and transitioning to civilian life, bringing their mission-oriented approach to new careers after serving in the military. A resume book containing information on all of the candidates is available upon request.

For more information or to request a copy of the resume book and schedule an interview with a Solar Ready Vet at Fort Drum, please contact Mike Stangl or Vicki Colello.

Contact information:

mstangl@rpdg.us.com: 518.369.9960
vicki.colello@nyserda.ny.gov: 518-862-1090, ext. 3273

4/13/2016 - Solarize RFP Deadline Extended

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

See a full list of the 2016 Solarize campaigns in Governor Cuomo's press release.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.


Open RFPs RFP
Solarize Southampton II, April 14 (addendum added) https://southamptontownny.box.com/s/r2gcueho4bi87s68nx95z42l9i8i69fr
Solarize Albany CDG, April 15 (deadline extended) http://www.helderbergcommunityenergy.com/
Solarize Orleans, April 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vpjvk0d9ca6yisq/AACZJ7kxe2w5zn00b7xQfbpIa?dl=0
Solarize Chautauqua (CDG), May 9 https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B9xou9LozQVWmpKbEtHZ1pjUzQ& usp=sharing
Canton Community Solar
CDG, May 19 (deadline
extended)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dxplpnkduvkp1jn/Canton%20Community%20Solar%20RFP%20Final%204.13.16.pdf? dl=0

Contractors are also invited to submit information in response to the BRSC Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) 2016 Campaign Request for Qualifications.

The deadline for submission March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.

All instructions, requirements and procedures are contained within the RFQ.

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • If applying to a shared solar projects in excess of 200kW, applicant must be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial > 200kW PV Systems program.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

4/11/16 - Additional Solarize RFPs Released

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

See a full list of the 2016 Solarize campaigns in Governor Cuomo's press release.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFP
Solarize Southampton II, April 14
https://southamptontownny.box.com/s/r2gcueho4bi87s68nx95z42l9i8i69fr

Solarize Albany CDG, April 15 (deadline extended)

http://www.helderbergcommunityenergy.com/
Solarize Orleans, April 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fu5qpt4ogcbc5ny/AABEDdNJf7FR1JvH7dE9BUxRa?dl=0

Solarize Chautauqua CDG,
May 9

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B9xou9LozQVWmpKbEtHZ1pjUzQ&
usp=sharing

Contractors are also invited to submit information in response to the BRSC Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) 2016 Campaign Request for Qualifications.

The deadline for submission March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.

All instructions, requirements and procedures are contained within the RFQ.

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • If applying to a shared solar projects in excess of 200kW, applicant must be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial > 200kW PV Systems program.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

4/5/2016 - Solarize RFP Deadline Extended

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

See a full list of the 2016 Solarize campaigns in Governor Cuomo's press release.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.


Open RFPs RFP
Solarize Southampton II, April 14 https://southamptontownny.box.com/s/r2gcueho4bi87s68nx95z42l9i8i69fr
Solarize Albany CDG, April15
(deadline extended)
http://www.helderbergcommunityenergy.com/
Solarize Orleans, April 21 Solarize Orleans, April 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fu5qpt4ogcbc5ny/AABEDdNJf7FR1JvH7dE9BUxRa?dl=0

Contractors are also invited to submit information in response to the BRSC Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) 2016 Campaign Request for Qualifications.

The deadline for submission March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.

All instructions, requirements and procedures are contained within the RFQ.

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize Orleans
Solarize Southampton II
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • If applying to a shared solar projects in excess of 200kW, applicant must be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial > 200kW PV Systems program.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

3/29/16 - March Monthly PV Installer Conference Call Summary

Guest Speakers

Daniel Farrell,
Project Manager NYSERDA

P: 518-862-1090 x3490 daniel.farrell@nyserda.ny.gov

LED Lighting Opportunities and NYS Stretch Code

  • NYSERDA LED lightings demonstration projects - Proving that LED lighting saves energy and money for homeowners (average of $140 per year relative to code baseline lighting requirements), with high-quality lighting with much longer life expectancy
  • DOE rulemaking on General Service Lighting efficiency levels - Proposed Lumens per Watt (lpw) requirements, to be effective 1/1/2020, will essential make CFLs obsolete as they will not be able to meet the proposed lpw requirements. GE exiting the CFL manufacturing space, signaling broad technology shift to LEDs.
  • NYS Energy Code updates - Requirement for high-efficacy (CFL or LED) lamps installed in permanently wired fixtures increase from 50 percent to 75 percent. 2015 IECC is expected to be adopted as the Energy Conservation Construction Code of NYS (ECCCNYS) in June, 2016 in NY.
  • NYS Stretch Code - NYStretch will be developed/written in code language; will be adoptable by local jurisdictions in NY as a "more restrictive local standard." Solar-ready provisions are likely to be included (such as unobstructed solar-ready zone on roof, and reserved and clearly labeled space on the electric service panel). This work is to be complete by June (when new ECCCNYS becomes effective).

Marko Rosenfeldt, Enphase
mrosenfeldt@enhpase.com
https://enphase.com/support

Micro Inverters
Utility-Interactive Inverters Explained

  • Solar electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, are comprised of PV modules that produce DC power from sunlight and inverters that convert this DC power to AC power. The most common systems currently installed use utility-interactive inverters that produce utility grid-compliant AC power.
  • Section 100 of the National Electric Code (NEC) defines "Utility-Interactive Inverter" as "an inverter intended for use in parallel with an electric utility to supply common loads that may deliver power to the utility." For utility-interactive inverters to interconnect to the existing AC electric service, they must meet strict regulatory and safety requirements. This ensures they will export AC current only when the utility grid source is operating within specific voltage and frequency limits.
  • IEEE 1547 defines these operating limits. For an inverter to receive the "Utility-Interactive Inverter" marking, it must be tested to the UL 1741 standard to verify, amongst other safety tests, that the inverter product meets the IEEE 1547 utility protective functions.

How an Microinverter System Works

  • Solar electric systems with Microinverters typically have one utility-interactive inverter located directly underneath each solar module, converting low voltage DC to utility grid-compliant AC. When the utility grid is available and the sun is shining, each microinverter verifies that the utility grid is operating within the IEEE 1547 requirements. Only then will the microinverter connect to the utility and export AC power for use by loads onsite or to the utility grid for others to use. When the utility grid has a failure, or the solar electric system is disconnected from the utility service via an AC breaker, AC disconnect, or removal of the main utility service meter, the microinverters stop producing AC power in fewer than six AC cycles (0.1 seconds). Enphase Microinverters do not operate as an AC voltage source. This means that when the AC utility source is not present, Enphase Microinverters do not energize connected wiring and no AC voltage or current is injected into the PV system AC output circuits or the grid.

NEC 2014 Section 690.12 Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings

  • Enphase Microinverter Systems fully meet the rapid shutdown requirement without the need to install additional electrical equipment. Properly labeling the PV system power source and rapid shutdown ability is required per NEC Section 690.56 (B) and (C).
  • When the AC utility source is removed from the inverter output circuits via any means, such as an AC breaker, AC disconnect or removal of the solar or main utility service meter, this equipment performs the rapid shutdown function per 690.12. With an Microinverter System this shutdown occurs well within the 690.12 required 10 seconds, and there are no other conductors energized more than 1.5 m (5 ft) in length inside a building or more than 3 m (10 ft) from a PV array.
  • Document for more detail: https://enphase.com/sites/default/files/Enphase_NEC_2014_Compliance.pdf

Grounding - Enphase Integrated Ground

  • Electrical code requires two types of grounding conductors: the Grounding Electrode Conductor (GEC), which is used between the grounding electrode and the point where a normally current carrying conductor is intentionally bonded to ground and the Equipment Grounding Conductor (EGC), which grounds noncurrent carrying metal parts of the system, such as the racking and module frames.
  • Because Microinverters with Integrated Ground have DC integrated ground, i.e. they isolate the DC conductors from ground, they do not require a GEC. NEC 690.35 Ungrounded Photovoltaic Power Systems states that "Photovoltaic power systems shall be permitted to operate with ungrounded photovoltaic source..."
  • Microinverters with Integrated Ground offer advanced features to detect DC ground faults on either DC positive or negative conductors and always check the insulation resistance before exporting power.
  • Electrical code does still require that exposed metal in the array be grounded (NEC 690.43 and 250.136(A)). This requirement is met for the microinverter because the ground conductor internal to the Engage Cable acts as the EGC. It may be met for racking and modules with use of an EGC or WEEBs to provide bonding to this ground system.

Grounding - UL 2703

  • Racking systems with UL 2703 certification utilize hardware that meet the bonding and grounding for the equipment grounding requirements.
  • Enphase Microinverters, the Engage cable and Frame Mount are now certified components for use in UL 2703 racking system. Certificate of Component Compliance for UL 2703: https://enphase.com
  • In an Enphase Microinverter System, if the microinverters and modules are bonded to the racking assemblies with the use of listed and approved grounding clips or grounding components to UL 2703, the equipment grounding conductor in the Enphase Engage cable, which bonds to the microinverter, may also be used to ground the other photovoltaic system components.

Breaker Size

  • Enphase AC branch circuits must be protected by overcurrent protection devices, e.g. circuit breakers. The maximum rating for a branch circuit is 20 A due to the 12 AWG conductor in the Engage cable. It is possible and allowed by electrical code to downsize this breaker, depending on the number of microinverters on that circuit.
  • The 20 A breaker is a maximum rating only. The overcurrent protection device may have a lower ampacity rating if the AC branch circuit is not fully populated with microinverters. The requirements for overcurrent protection ratings are called out in 690.8(A)(3) and 690.9. The OCPD must be rated at a minimum of 125% of the Inverter Continuous Output Current Rating, which is 1.0 A for the M250, and 0.9 A for the M215 at 240 V.
  • Example OCPD Calculation for 11 M250 microinverters on a 15A breaker # of M250 x 1.0A x 1.25 safety factor = Minimum OCPD Rating 11 x 1.0 x 1.25 = 13.75 A. Therefore a 15 A breaker is allowed.

Fort Drum Solar Ready Vet's Update

When you hire a Solar Ready Veteran, you get;

  • A hard working and reliable employee
  • Someone who has already received basic training in PV installation work,
  • A worker who has their 30 hour OSHA Safety certification
    Also,
  • Companies receive a $2,400 Federal Tax Credit for each veteran they hire,
  • Veteran relocation costs are paid for by the U.S. Army,
  • Retired veterans already have their own health insurance coverage.

Job interviews for the next class of Solar Ready Vets will be held on April 12th, 2016. NYSERDA PV installers are invited to participate in the job interviews either in-person or virtually over the Internet.

Contact Info: Vicki.Colello@NYSERDA.ny.gov

Updates and Reminders

If you are not receiving the Solar Announcements e-mail updates and you wish to be included, contact Maryfrancis Keegan at mary.keegan@nyserda.ny.gov

**UPDATE** Please stay tuned for an update announcement in regards to our email lists

Events/Miscellaneous

The Central New York Community Solar Forum
March 18th 9:00am
Genesee Grande Hotel - 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse N.Y.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-community-solar-forum-tickets-21305755087

There are a limited number of tickets available, and there is no waitlist available. Please email Katelyn at kkriesel@cnyrpdb.org for more information.

Design Review and Technical Assistance

Contractors are encouraged to visit the NY Sun website at http://ny-sun.ny.gov to review the manuals and the other resource materials. As the industry and the program continue to evolve to meet the industry needs, it is important that you stay current. If you haven't visited the website in a while you should take some time and do it now.

IREC FREE online training course for Code Officials

This is a series of short videos on specific topics relation to PV inspection, with a QA test component. IEAI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors) members can qualify for CEU's for a nominal fee. http://www.pvonlinetraining.org

This is a great quick review that details many of the same code items that will appear in a NY Sun QA reports.

It is important that when responding to a QA report that you use the CAR format. The CAR is place to upload the correction photos and or challenge an item.

QA updates

Long Inspections Summary:Inspections occurred from February 15th through March 11th.

During this time frame we inspected 60 completed projects from 20 Companies.

Inspections Completed 60

Scores

1 9
2 10
3 18
4 15
5 8

Overall Average Score 3.05

Installers w/ Avg. Score <3.09

Commercial/Industrial (>200kW) Program Updates

The next semi-annual C/I MW Block Stakeholder Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 from 1:00-3:00pm. Participation is welcome either in person or via teleconference. An email with teleconference information was sent out on March 16, 2016. Please contact Maryfrancis Keegan at mary.keegan@nyserda.ny.gov for details if you interested in joining.

3/28/16 - Additional Solarize RFPs Released

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

See a full list of the 2016 Solarize campaigns in Governor Cuomo's press release.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFP
Solarize North Hempstead, March 28
Solarize Southampton II, April 14 https://southamptontownny.box.com/s/r2gcueho4bi87s68nx95z42l9i8i69fr
Solarize Orleans, April 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fu5qpt4ogcbc5ny/AABEDdNJf7FR1JvH7dE9BUxRa?dl=0

Contractors are also invited to submit information in response to the BRSC Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) 2016 Campaign Request for Qualifications.

The deadline for submission March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.

All instructions, requirements and procedures are contained within the RFQ.

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • If applying to a shared solar projects in excess of 200kW, applicant must be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial > 200kW PV Systems program.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

3/24/2016 - Updated Residential GJGNY Proforma Worksheet

The Proforma Tool for Residential Green Jobs-Green NY Financing has been revised to reflect recent utility rates.

The revised Proforma Tool, which has a purple color scheme, will be posted to the NY-Sun website shortly. Please use the updated tool for all project applications moving forward. Effective April 11, 2016, NYSERDA will no longer accept new project applications using the old Proforma Tool, which has a red color scheme.

3/23/2016 - MW Block capacity allocation

Uncommitted megawatts remain in various MW Block sectors, regions and blocks due to solar project cancellations, system size reductions, and/or residual capacity remaining when Commercial/Industrial blocks close. We are now adding those uncommitted megawatts to the current MW Block within the same sector and region so they will be available for use.

The following current block is affected:

  • Rest of State Commercial/Industrial (Block 2): Increase from 120 MW to a total of 130 MW

The NY-Sun team will continue to monitor the progress of canceled projects and make additional changes as necessary in the same manner as described above. The updated dashboard can be found here: https://www.powerclerk.com/nysuninitiative/dashboard200.aspx

We appreciate your commitment to helping solar energy grow in New York State. From 2012 to 2015, New York saw a 575 percent growth in solar. The State now ranks fourth in the number of people employed in the solar industry and fifth in total annual solar installations, up from ninth in 2013.

Thank you for your continued support of the NY-Sun Initiative.

3/22/2016 - Additional Solarize RFPs Available

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

See a full list of the 2016 Solarize campaigns in Governor Cuomo's press release.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFPs
Solarize Tri-Lakes, March 25 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oba4lFdZTtE8EG3pwUP6CPI7yOE4DkC1ElXEaY2HgmU/edit
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YB1z22aczrXH6rs9ZCXCIF4XCx_79GfiVk2NfBfGzuw/edit#gid=659945682
Solarize Brownsville, March 25
(deadline extended)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/161Iob88MlQv66bQT_ryFyA0NHj5W6DYDoJWTCvAs8IY/edit?usp=sharing
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Cg0fp_fv75aZ-HVIO6wssemEz-K-voZkaVqdNdD62C8/edit?usp=sharing
Solarize North Hempstead, March 28
Solarize Orleans, April 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fu5qpt4ogcbc5ny/AABEDdNJf7FR1JvH7dE9BUxRa?dl=0

Contractors are also invited to submit information in response to the BRSC Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) 2016 Campaign Request for Qualifications.

The deadline for submission March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.

All instructions, requirements and procedures are contained within the RFQ.

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize Southampton II
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • If applying to a shared solar projects in excess of 200kW, applicant must be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial > 200kW PV Systems program.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

3/18/2016 - DPS & NYSERDA designate interconnection ombudspersons

Thank you for your efforts in helping New York State achieve 575 percent growth in solar between 2012 and 2015. New York State is committed to taking steps to further advance installation and interconnection of solar and other distributed energy resources building on the success already achieved. As part of these efforts, we are pleased to inform you that NYSERDA and the Department of Public Service (DPS) have designated an ombudsperson at each agency to assist solar developers and utilities with interconnection-related questions and help to resolve related issues.

The ombudsperson will serve as a liaison to communicate information on the process and timeline for interconnections, and work with all parties to advance projects currently in the queue. NYSERDA has designated Houtan Moaveni, while Elizabeth Grisaru has been designated as the Acting Ombudsperson at DPS.

These individuals will help investigate complaints and offer problem-solving assistance to minimize delays associated with project applications. In addition, they will recommend changes to the Standardized Interconnection Requirements (SIR) and other regulations or practices to improve and better streamline the process, work with stakeholders to develop training on the interconnection process and procedures, and address issues to better manage the interconnection queue.

Please find the following contact information to reach an ombudsperson:

Houtan Moaveni, (518) 862-1090 x 3016 houtan.moaveni@nyserda.ny.gov
Elizabeth Grisaru, (518) 486-2653, elizabeth.grisaru@dps.ny.gov

In addition to Houtan and Elizabeth, each investor-owned utility has appointed an ombudsperson. The State has also created the New York State Interconnect Technical Working Group, which is made up of representatives from DPS, NYSERDA, the Joint Utilities, New York Solar Energy Industry Association, and a few individual installers. While the ombudspersons will work on issues regarding individual installations, the Technical Working Group will work to solve technical interconnect problems that affect large numbers of projects.

The growth of solar is a critical component to achieving Governor Cuomo's clean energy goals as part of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), while also creating jobs and a clean energy economy. As New York continues its efforts to expand solar and distributed generation across the State, please do not hesitate to contact either ombudsperson to improve the interconnection process and help New York achieve its energy goals.

Regards,
David Sandbank
Director- NY Sun

3/16/2016 - Second Semiannual NY-Sun Commercial/Industrial Stakeholder Meeting

Commercial/Industrial Stakeholder Meeting
Scheduled for Tuesday - April 05, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The second semi-annual NY-Sun Commercial/Industrial stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 5, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the NYSERDA Boardroom at 17 Columbia Circle, Albany NY. These meetings are an opportunity to share information on program activity, regulatory developments, and market conditions. Your participation and feedback is vital to the success of the program and a self-sustaining solar industry in New York.

In order to address the main issues of importance to the group, NYSERDA is requesting agenda items prior to the meeting. Please send topics you would like to discuss at this meeting to Commercial.IndustrialPV@nyserda.ny.gov by Monday, March 28, 2016. Participation is welcome either in person or via teleconference.

Join the Meeting
Event number: 668 112 369
Event password: mwblock
Audio conference: +1-415-655-0001
Access code: 668 112 369

Once again, please be considerate of other participants and mute your line upon entry. Slides and the recording will be posted after the meeting on the NY-Sun website.

Please direct any questions you may have to Commercial.IndustrialPV@nyserda.ny.gov

3/16/2016 - Solarize RFP Deadline Extended

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

See a full list of the 2016 Solarize campaigns in Governor Cuomo's press release.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFP
Solarize Albany, March 17
(deadline extended)
http://www.solarizealbany.org/rfp-docs
Canton Community Solar, March 18
(deadline extended)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/unmhx4io2g4cowz/Canton%20Community%20Solar%20RFP%20Final.pdf?dl=0
Solarize the Adirondack Coast, March 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pxqywb0q4zc7bgn/AABBjqueaOEKGcONbxt22Nd3a?dl=0
Solarize Ogdensburg, March 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g5nul02x6bwzcy4/AAAy7p2LEDxhlnkNgIitrBxIa?dl=0
Solarize Tri-Lakes, March 25 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oba4lFdZTtE8EG3pwUP6CPI7yOE4DkC1ElXEaY2HgmU/edit
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YB1z22aczrXH6rs9ZCXCIF4XCx_79GfiVk2NfBfGzuw/edit#gid=659945682
Solarize Brownsville, March 25
(deadline extended)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/161Iob88MlQv66bQT_ryFyA0NHj5W6DYDoJWTCvAs8IY/edit?usp=sharing
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Cg0fp_fv75aZ-HVIO6wssemEz-K-voZkaVqdNdD62C8/edit?usp=sharing
Solarize North Hempstead, March 28 http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/2015-RFPs

Contractors are also invited to submit information in response to the BRSC Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) 2016 Campaign Request for Qualifications.

The deadline for submission March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.

All instructions, requirements and procedures are contained within the RFQ.

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize Orleans
Solarize Southampton II
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • If applying to a shared solar projects in excess of 200kW, applicant must be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial > 200kW PV Systems program.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

2/29/2016 - Additional Solarize RFPs Available

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

Installers that were not able to attend the webinar on January 25th, are encouraged to the review the presentation before considering to participate in a campaign.

See a full list of the 2016 Solarize campaigns in Governor Cuomo's press release.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFPs
Solar Chautauqua, February 29 https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-9xou9LozQVdkpaZVh3SlpDMTg&usp=sharing
Solarize Schenectady County, March 1 http://solarizeschenectadycounty.org/#post-52
Solarize Albany, March 3 http://www.solarizealbany.org/rfp-docs
Solarize the Flower City, March 4 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8B8h3BnRKf3OWU1N3F5YnpVcjg
Solarize Albany CDG, March 14 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7wu7kqraok5ft9c/Solarize%20Albany%20Shared%20Solar%20RFP%20021516.docx?oref=e
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2g3b1kw80pufyz5/Shared%20Solar%20Profile%20and%20Pricing%20Form%20(1).xlsx?oref=e
Canton Community Solar, March 18
(deadline extended)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/unmhx4io2g4cowz/Canton%20Community%20Solar%20RFP%20Final.pdf?dl=0
Solarize Brownsville, March 11 https://docs.google.com/document/d/161Iob88MlQv66bQT_ryFyA0NHj5W6DYDoJWTCvAs8IY/edit?usp=sharing https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Cg0fp_fv75aZ-HVIO6wssemEz-K-voZkaVqdNdD62C8/edit?usp=sharing
Solarize the Adirondack Coast, March 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pxqywb0q4zc7bgn/AABBjqueaOEKGcONbxt22Nd3a?dl=0
Solarize Ogdensburg, March 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g5nul02x6bwzcy4/AAAy7p2LEDxhlnkNgIitrBxIa?dl=0
Solarize Tri-Lakes, March 25 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oba4lFdZTtE8EG3pwUP6CPI7yOE4DkC1ElXEaY2HgmU/edit
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YB1z22aczrXH6rs9ZCXCIF4XCx_79GfiVk2NfBfGzuw/edit#gid=659945682
Solarize North Hempstead, March 28 http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/2015-RFPs

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize Orleans
Solarize Southampton II
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • If applying to a shared solar projects in excess of 200kW, applicant must be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun Commercial and Industrial > 200kW PV Systems program.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

2/22/16 - Shared Solar Events

NY-Sun would like to highlight two upcoming events regarding Community Distributed Generation (Shared Renewables). Event details are below. For more information regarding Community Distributed Generation, please see the Community DG Overview for Project Developers.

Shared Solar Events

Community Solar Forum
Friday, March 18th at 9:00 am, Syracuse, NY

Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, in partnership with NYSERDA and the Energy Democracy Alliance, will host the Central New York Community Solar Forum on March 18 at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse. Bringing together local government representatives, community stakeholders and the solar industry, this all-day workshop will feature presentations from national experts and facilitated roundtable discussions.

Community Energy Summit

Thursday, March 31st at 9:00 am, Tupper Lake, NY

Come learn from and network with installers, investors, land owners, policy experts, and utilities. Time has been scheduled to support connections that will lead to the development of potential projects.

2/22/16 - Advanced Residential Troubleshooting Course

Interplay Learning has developed the Solar3dSim, which is an Advanced Residential PV Troubleshooting Course providing 12 Hours of NABCEP-approved Continuing Education training. The simulation-based learning program progresses the student through troubleshooting over 50 faults on 4 different system types. This simulation was built with support from NYSERDA, and is the first training course of its kind using simulations to improve your or your team's troubleshooting skills.

NYSERDA's support in building the simulation has enabled the first 150 installers (New York State residents whose companies participate in NYSERDA's PV incentive programs) to receive a 50 percent discount on the course fee.

To receive this discount just use the code NY50 at check out.

Please watch an overview video of the course: http://bit.ly/solar3dsimvideo

To learn more and purchase, please visit the website: http://www.solar3dsim.com

Interplay Learning will assist all customers with any needs or questions while purchasing or taking the course. Please feel free to reach out anytime to Craig Carter: ccarter@interplay-learning.com, (310) 662-1767

2/19/16 - Additional Solarize RFPs Announced

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

Installers that were not able to attend the webinar on January 25th, are encouraged to the review the presentation before considering to participate in a campaign.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFP Links
Solar Chautauqua, February 29 https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-9xou9LozQVdkpaZVh3SlpDMTg&usp=sharing
Solarize Schenectady County, March 1 http://solarizeschenectadycounty.org/#post-52
Solarize Albany, March 3 http://www.solarizealbany.org/rfp-docs
Solarize the Flower City, March 4 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8B8h3BnRKf3OWU1N3F5YnpVcjg
Solarize Albany CDG, March 14 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7wu7kqraok5ft9c/Solarize%20Albany%20Shared%20Solar%20RFP%20021516.docx?oref=e
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2g3b1kw80pufyz5/Shared%20Solar%20Profile%20and%20Pricing%20Form%20(1).xlsx?oref=e
Canton Community Solar, March 11 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/46s7llv0zf3wa0l/AACZeSshgM0SXqqN5zRc2bzIa?dl=0
Solarize Brownsville, March 11 https://docs.google.com/document/d/161Iob88MlQv66bQT_ryFyA0NHj5W6DYDoJWTCvAs8IY/edit?usp=sharing
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Cg0fp_fv75aZ-HVIO6wssemEz-K-voZkaVqdNdD62C8/edit?usp=sharing
Solarize the Adirondack Coast, March 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pxqywb0q4zc7bgn/AABBjqueaOEKGcONbxt22Nd3a?dl=0
Solarize Ogdensburg, March 21 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g5nul02x6bwzcy4/AAAy7p2LEDxhlnkNgIitrBxIa?dl=0
Solarize Tri-Lakes, March 25 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oba4lFdZTtE8EG3pwUP6CPI7yOE4DkC1ElXEaY2HgmU/edit
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YB1z22aczrXH6rs9ZCXCIF4XCx_79GfiVk2NfBfGzuw/edit#gid=659945682

RFPs TBA

Solarize CNY
Solarize North Hempstead
Solarize Orleans
Solarize Southampton II
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
2016 Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

2/9/16 - Additional Solarize RFPs Announced

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

Installers that were not able to attend the webinar on January 25th, are encouraged to the review the presentation before considering to participate in a campaign.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFP Links
Canton Community Solar, March 11 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/46s7llv0zf3wa0l/AACZeSshgM0SXqqN5zRc2bzIa?dl=0
Solarize Albany, March 3 http://www.solarizealbany.org/rfp-docs
Solarize Schenectady County, March 1 http://solarizeschenectadycounty.org/#post-52
Solar Chautauqua, February 29 https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-9xou9LozQVdkpaZVh3SlpDMTg&usp=sharing

RFPs TBA

Solarize Brownsville
Solarize CNY
Solarize North Hempstead
Solarize Orleans
Solarize Southampton II
Solarize the Adirondack Coast
Solarize Ogdensburg
Solarize the Flower City
Solarize Tri-Lakes
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
2016 Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.
  • Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program
  • Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign
  • Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce
  • Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

2/3/16 - Solar Ready Vets Interviews

Are you planning on hiring workers in 2016?

Solar Ready Vets might be the answer if you are interested in interviewing job candidates who have experience working in teams, can follow orders, are physically fit, and accustomed to working in all kinds of weather. While in the Army these candidates worked toward developing disciplined work habits and are now excited about pursuing opportunities offered in the solar industry. Many have management experience, while others like working with their hands. Some have experience with electrical and power systems.

Candidates with these attributes will be available for interviews with your companies on February 16 and 17 at Fort Drum. The first class of Solar Ready Vets from Fort Drum, Watertown, NY will graduate having received an intensive 5-week training that includes: tested classroom PV training; hands-on training; the OSHA 30-hour course, and attainment of NABCEP EL.

These veterans are leaving the Army and transitioning to civilian life, bringing their mission-oriented approach to new careers after serving in the military. A resume book containing information on all of the candidates is available upon request.

For more information or to request a copy of the resume book and schedule an interview with a Solar Ready Vet at Fort Drum, please contact Mike Stangl or Vicki Colello.

Contact information:

mstangl@rpdg.us.com: 518.369.9960
vicki.colello@nyserda.ny.gov: 518-862-1090, ext. 3273

2/2/16 - Updated Incentive Request Form <200kW Program

After taking into consideration feedback from Contractors, PSEG staff and other industry stakeholders, we have reviewed our processes and have updated the Incentive Request Form to allow Customers to sign prior to the interconnection date. The utility interconnection letter will still be required in order to process the 100% or 25% final incentive payment. The updated incentive request form is currently available on the NY-Sun website.

We will no longer be denying incentive requests that have already been submitted where the customer has signed prior to the interconnection date.

Going forward, please be sure to use the updated version of the form. If you are using an older version of the form, you may cross off the following language: "Customer/Contractor certifies that all responsibilities have been completed by the Installer/Contractor as outlined in the Solar PV Program Manual. I attest that the PV System is operational, and further agree to notify NYSERDA should the PV system be non-operational for any 4 week period of time going forward." (and have customer initial changes)

As usual, you must submit the incentive request and all supporting documents in a single PDF to PVInvoices@nyserda.ny.gov or PVInvoiceLI@pseg.com accordingly.

Thank you for providing feedback and your commitment to the success of the Solar PV industry!

2/2/16 - Solarize Round 2 Community RFPs Available

This spring, approximately 31 local community solar projects known as "Solarize" campaigns will launch across the State with support from NYSERDA. These campaigns will run through late summer/early fall, and will bring together groups of potential solar customers through widespread outreach and education.

Each Solarize community will select the installer (or installers) for their campaigns through a competitive proposal process. Solarize installers are typically selected based on experience, qualifications, capacity to serve the anticipated volume of customers, pricing, and financing options. Some campaigns may also consider factors such as whether an installer is locally based or offers additional options like North American-made panels.

Installers that were not able to attend the webinar on January 25th, are encouraged to the review the presentation before considering to participate in a campaign.

Below is a list of the campaigns that are currently accepting proposals.

Open RFPs RFP Links
Canton Community Solar, March 11 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/46s7llv0zf3wa0l/AACZeSshgM0SXqqN5zRc2bzIa?dl=0
Solarize Albany, March 3rd http://www.solarizealbany.org/rfp-docs

RFPs TBA

Solarize Brownsville
Solar Chautauqua
Solarize CNY
Solarize North Hempstead
Solarize Orleans
Solarize Schenectady County
Solarize Southampton II
Solarize the Adirondack Coast
Solarize Ogdensburg
Solarize the Flower City
Solarize Tri-Lakes
Solarize Troy's Business Improvement District
2016 Solarize Williamson

As a service to Solarize communities and the installers, NYSERDA will be pre-qualifying installers before proposals are submitted. In order to pre-qualify you must submit the name of the business, address, FEIN, and all installer IDs to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

Installer Role in Solarize

  • Play active role in select Solarize events
  • Manage leads
  • Perform site assessments
  • Provide general customer service
  • Provide "Solarize Team" with relevant data
  • Contract and install PV systems, managing all local permits and interconnection process

Installer Qualifications

  • Be a NY-Sun Participating Contractor in full compliance with all NY-Sun program rules.
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory average QA inspection score in the NY -Sun program. Unsatisfactory QA scores may result in denial of participation.

Maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts specified in Article 6 of the PV Contractor's Participation Agreement with NYSERDA under the NY-Sun Incentive Program

Hold all relevant licenses and other requirements for the jurisdiction(s) served by the Campaign Demonstrate financial strength and credit relationships by providing a financial plan that accounts for the volume Solarize campaigns produce

Submission of proposal that meets all set requirements by deadline

If you have any questions, please email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov

1/28/16 - Uncommitted Megawatts Added Back to Long Island MW Block Program to Support Additional Installations

Uncommitted megawatts remain in various MW Block sectors, regions and blocks, due to past solar project cancellations. We are now adding those uncommitted megawatts to the current MW Block within the same sector and region so they will be available for use.

The following current block is affected:

  • Long Island Residential (Block 4): Increase from 68 MW to a total of 77 MW

The NY-Sun team will continue to monitor the progress of canceled projects and make additional changes as necessary in the same manner as described above. View the updated dashboard.

1/25/16 - Incentive Request Reminders

In order for our team to process incentive payments in a timely manner, please keep in mind the following when submitting incentive requests: 

  • Customer and Contractor Signatures - All signatures must be in hard copy form or a verifiable electronic signature as determined by NYSERDA. Signatures that have been copied and pasted from another document, such as the Project Application, are NOT acceptable.  
  • Electronic Signatures - Currently EchoSign, DocuSign and CudaSign are acceptable e-signature products. Electronic signatures must be verifiable. Incentive requests that have been e-signed then printed and scanned in are NOT acceptable and will be denied. If you would like to use a different e-signature product, please email Leslie.Polsinello@nyserda.ny.gov. Please note that the review of another e-signature product may take several weeks. 
  • Proxy Statements - Proxy Statements are NOT accepted in lieu of actual customer signatures on any Program document. The Program requires customer sign off at certain milestones of the project, including the incentive request. All signatures must be in hard copy form or a verifiable electronic signature. 
  • Customer Signature Date - For 25% and 100% incentive requests, the Contractor and Customer are required to sign the incentive request AFTER the system has been interconnected. The incentive request will be denied if the customer has signed the form prior to the interconnection date. 
  • As-Built Shading Analysis - If you were notified that an as-built shading analysis is required prior to payment approval, please be sure to submit the updated shading analysis with the incentive request.
  • Change Orders - Incentive requests cannot be processed for projects with pending change orders. You will be required to resubmit the incentive request after change order approval.

If the incentive request is denied, a reply email will be sent to the individual who originally submitted the form. You must resubmit the revised incentive request form and all attachments in a single PDF to PVInvoices@nyserda.ny.gov.

We strongly encourage you to submit 100% incentive requests only, in order to avoid processing delays!

1/20/16 - Sustainable Hudson Valley RFP for Ulster, Dutchess and Rockland Counties

Sustainable Hudson Valley has announced the launch of wave 3 of Solarize Hudson Valley. Interested solar installers should respond to the RFQ and RFP.

Please direct all questions to John Wackman at jwackman.solarize@gmail.com

1/15/16 - Green Jobs-Green New York financing terms on hold

After further consultation with stakeholders over the past month, we have decided to put on hold the previously announced interest rate changes for Green Jobs-Green New York loans. Until further notice, financing terms, including interest rates, will continue as they are today.

David A. Sandbank, Director of NY-Sun

1/11/16 - Solarize Webinar for Installers

Are you interested in becoming a 2016 Solarize installer? Please join us on Monday, January 25th from 12-1 pm to learn more. This one-hour webinar will cover eligibility criteria, RFP requirements, and campaign expectations.

You must register in order to participate in the webinar. Round 2 Solarize communities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Questions regarding the Solarize program may be directed to communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

1/7/16 - PV Installer Monthly Conference Call

The next conference call will now be January 21, 2016 at 9:00am. Agenda to follow.

12/30/15 - Uncommitted Megawatts Added Back to MW Block Programs to Support Additional Installations

Uncommitted megawatts remain in various MW Block sectors, regions and blocks, due to past solar project cancellations. We are now adding those uncommitted megawatts to the current MW Block within the same sector and region so they will be available for use.

The following current blocks are affected:

  • Upstate Residential (Block 6): increase from 31 MW to a total of 35 MWs
  • Con Edison Residential (Block 5): increase from 15 MW to a total of 17 MWs
  • Upstate Non-Residential (Block 7): increase from 26 MW to a total of 31 MWs
  • Con Ed Non-Residential (Block 3): increase from 6MW to a total of 7.5 MWs

At this time, the following has no change:

  • Long Island Non-Residential

As a reminder:

  • Long Island Residential unused funds have already been added to Block #4 as announced on November 5, 2015

The NY-Sun team will continue to monitor the progress of canceled projects and make additional changes as necessary in the same manner as described above. The updated block structure can be found on the Residential and Small Commercial Megawatt Block Incentive Structure Dashboard.

12/14/15 - Solar Ready Vets

Are you planning on hiring workers early in 2016?  Would you be interested in interviewing job candidates who are:

  • Disciplined in their work habits
  • Physically fit
  • Work well in teams
  • Are accustomed to working in all kind of weather
  • Have management experience
  • Like working with their hands
  • Are excited about solar energy
  • Can follow orders
  • Often have experience in electrical and power system work

Beginning in mid-February, candidates with these attributes will be available for interviews with your companies. The first class of Solar Ready Vets from Fort Drum, Watertown, NY will graduate having received an intensive 5-week training that includes: tested classroom PV training; hands-on training; the OSHA 30-hour course, and attainment of NABCEP EL.

These veterans are leaving the Army and transitioning to civilian life, bringing their mission-oriented approach to new careers after serving in the military.

To find out more and schedule an interview with a transitioning veteran, please contact Vicki Colello at:  vicki.colello@nyserda.ny.gov

12/9/15 - Project Applications & Eligible Incentives

As a reminder, incentives are not guaranteed for project applications which have not been "Approved". In addition, project applications that are submitted to Powerclerk after interconnection are NOT eligible for incentives.

Please refer to Section 2.1 of the Program Manual:

'Any Contractor/Installer who moves forward with the installation of a project that has not been funded (has not obtained a status of "Received" in the program database) and has a status of "Submitted via Internet" does so at their own financial risk, as there is no guarantee of incentives until the project is both "Received" and "Approved." Also, projects completed prior to being submitted to NYSERDA (prior to obtaining a status of "Submitted via Internet") are not eligible to receive Program incentives.'

11/30/15 - New York State sales tax exemption: sales of electricity under a solar power purchase agreement

Effective December 1, 2015, the Tax Law provides an exemption from sales and use tax for certain sales of electricity generated by residential or commercial solar energy systems equipment and sold under a written solar power purchase agreement (PPA). The new law also provides an option for localities to elect this exemption.

For more information see TSB-M-15(5)S, Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Solar-Generated Electricity Sold Under a Solar Power Purchase Agreement, and Publication 718-PPA, Local Sales and Use Tax Rates on Sales of Electricity under Solar Power Purchase Agreements, available on the Tax Department's Web site at www.tax.ny.gov.

If you have questions, call the Tax Department at 518-485-2889.

11/5/15 - Extension of Long Island Region Block 4

Due to Long Island's enormous interest and success in adding solar power, the final residential MW Block for that region is nearly filled, however I am pleased to announce that NY-Sun is adding approximately 18 more MW. The additional megawatts are from unfulfilled residential projects. Based on the current rate of applications, we expect these additional megawatts to extend the residential MW Block for another three to four months, at which time no more State residential solar incentives will be available as Long Island progresses to a self-sustaining solar market. Thank you for your continued partnership in accelerating the growth of solar energy in New York State.

10/29/15 - Extension of Long Island Region Block 4

NYSERDA greatly values your participation in our programs and appreciates your partnership in building the market for clean energy. As a valued partner, we want to make you aware that we will soon be implementing changes in the Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) residential loan program that are needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the GJGNY revolving loan fund.

The GJGNY residential revolving loan fund has filled a gap in the market for residential energy efficiency and PV loans for several years. The availability of the expanded loan underwriting criteria ("Tier 2" criteria) offered through GJGNY has enabled households who cannot qualify for traditional lending to participate in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The availability of On-bill Recovery (OBR) loans provides an alternative repayment method attractive to consumers. The low interest rate also has been a means to encourage consumers to move ahead with their projects. However, the current interest rates do not fully cover the costs of providing the loans, and as a result, the residential loan fund is not sustainable as currently designed. At the same time, NYSERDA also understands that lower-income households continue to need access to lower-cost financing to afford investments in clean energy.

To continue offering GJGNY loans to all households in a sustainable manner, NYSERDA has applied the following guiding principles:

  • Subsidized financing will continue to be offered to low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers (those with household income less than or equal to 80% of the area or state median income - AMI or SMI) for energy efficiency and PV loans on the current terms.
  • Expanded access to subsidized interest rate loans will be available for consumers with household income up to 120% AMI or SMI.
  • Interest rates for consumers with household income greater than 120% AMI or SMI will be revised so that the interest rate on these loans fully covers the cost of providing loans to this segment of the consumer market.

In consultation with the GJGNY Advisory Council, NYSERDA has established the following transition timeline to the new interest rates. For loan applications received on or after February 1, 2016:

  • Consumers with household income less than or equal to 80% AMI or SMI -- No change in 3.49% interest rate*
  • Consumers with household income over 80% to 120% AMI or SMI -- Change to 4.99% interest rate*
  • Consumers with household income over 120% AMI or SMI -- Change to 5.99% interest rate*

Furthermore, to bring the interest rate to the point where the loans for consumers earning more than 120% of AMI or SMI are sustainable and are no longer subsidized, it is necessary for these loans to increase again for loan applications received on or after April 1, 2016 as follows:

  • For energy efficiency loans, the rate will be 7.99%*
  • For PV loans, the rate will be 9.99%*
  • Combination PV and energy efficiency projects will receive the PV interest rate of 9.99%*
  • Solar Thermal and Renewable Heat NY projects will receive the energy efficiency interest rate of 7.99%*

*This interest rate applies to On-Bill Recovery Loans and Smart Energy loans which include automatic payment deduction from a checking account. Interest rates for Smart Energy loans that include standard billing by mail from the Loan Servicer are 0.5% higher than the rate shown here.

This two-step increase will allow contractors and installers more time to evaluate other financing products as an alternative to the GJGNY loans if desirable.

NYSERDA will continue to facilitate the introduction of private lender products to our partners through webinars and other means. Additional detail regarding loan fund sustainability and other loan options can be found in the presentation provided to the GJGNY Advisory Council on October 23, 2015.

New York is making great strides to accelerate and expand private investments in the clean energy economy, to support and attract new business models and market participants, and to continue focusing public resources on underserved areas of the market. We look forward to continuing to work with you to significantly build scale in energy efficiency and solar markets.

9/9/15 - GJGNY Financing - Change to Submission Process - Effective Friday 9/18/15

Effective Friday, September 18, 2015 project applications that select GJGNY financing will be able to upload the proforma tool in excel format and pre-approval letter in pdf format directly into Power Clerk at time of submission.

This change will allow applications to be processed quicker. If GJGNY is selected under the Customer Site Info tab in Power Clerk either (Residential or Non-Residential), the proforma tool and pre-approval letter will be required to reserve the incentive and successfully submit an application.

An updated Manual v17.2 will be released shortly to outline these changes.

8/31/15 - Community Distributed Generation Webinar follow up

Thank you for participating in the Community Distributed Generation Webinar on August 27th.

8/27/15 - NYSERDA & DPS shared solar webinar - August 27th at 10:30am

As many of you may know the Public Service Commission has approved the Implementation of a Community Distributed Generation Program . NYSERDA and Department of Public Service staff will be hosting a webinar on the approved order and will be available to answer program questions. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:30am.

Log-In Details:
Register here
Duration: 2 hours

Description: NYSERDA and Department of Public Service staff will be hosting a webinar on the approved Community Distributed Generation order and will be available to answer program questions.

Event number: 660 792 791
Event password: solar1
Audio conference:
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+1-415-655-0001
Access code: 660 792 791

We will not be holding our regularly scheduled conference call on August 13th.

The next PV Installer Monthly call will be held on September 10th at 9am.

8/18/15 - Change to Extension, Change Request and Incentive Requests

Due to the success of the NY-Sun program and the large amount of applications that NYSERDA receives on a daily basis, to ensure the integrity of the program we have modified our current extension, incentive requests and change request procedures.

Effective immediately, an updated Program Manual v17.1 and new project related forms are posted on the NY-Sun website for the Residential/Small Commercial Program.

For all changes to approved system designs or to cancel a project, please use the NY-Sun Change and Cancel Request Form. For all extension requests, please use the NY-Sun Extension Request Form. You will notice that rules for the extension requests have changed and you must provide necessary documentation for all extension requests.

8/6/15 - NYSERDA & DPS shared solar webinar - August 27th at 10:30am

As many of you may know the Public Service Commission has approved the Implementation of a Community Net Metering Program. NYSERDA and Department of Public Service staff will be hosting a webinar on the approved order and will be available to answer program questions. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:30am.

Complete webinar information will be emailed out next week.

We will not be holding our regularly scheduled conference call on August 13th.

The next PV Installer Monthly call will be held on September 10th at 9am.