NYC Solar Partnerships

In 2006, solar electricity production was negligible in New York City due to extensive technical and policy barriers and a lack of incentives, standardization or cohesion among agencies and utilities.

Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York, an objective and trusted university, formed the NYC Solar Partnership in 2006, working collaboratively with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to develop and implement comprehensive plans for large-scale distributed solar generation and the associated economic development in New York City. This strategic approach has resulted in federal, state and city support for key programs that Sustainable CUNY implements on behalf of NYC, in collaboration with over 40 key partners.

In 2014 Mayor Bill de Blasio committed to continuing the New York City Solar Partnership and incorporated a comprehensive initiative under One City: Built to Last that includes the Solarize NYC and the Shared Solar NYC community shared solar programs, both led by Sustainable CUNY. The plan also included the largest commitment by any Mayor in the Country: 100 MW of solar on city-owned buildings and 250 MW of solar in the private sector by 2025.