NYS Solar Job Opening
New ! New York State Solar Ombudsman
CUNY is now leading its fifth DOE supported program to implement NYSolar Smart, which includes a strategy for statewide expansion. CUNY developed the NYSolar Smart plan and was awarded a competitive grant from the DOE’s SunShot Initiative as part of its two- phased ‘Solar Rooftop Challenge’. NYSolar Smart is a strategic, replicable plan with 30 partners collaborating to systematically address the non-hardware Balance of Systems (BOS) challenges in America’s largest city of one million rooftops and to bring that model state-wide with 16 municipal partners representing over half of the residents of New York State.
In order to leverage existing efforts in New York City, and to deploy NYSolar Smart statewide, CUNY is hiring a New York State Solar Ombudsman. It is preferred that this Ombudsman sit in Albany or New York City, however, other partner NYS municipal locations will be considered as appropriate. Travel throughout New York is required.APPLY HERE
New York State Solar Ombudsman Responsibilities:
The New York State Solar Ombudsman will work closely with existing New York State Ombudsmen (currently based in New York City and Albany). The Ombudsmen are responsible for creating and maintaining a networkof stakeholders across the State, as well as leveraging successful work to-date in New York City. The Ombudsman to be hired will have a prime focus of working with stakeholders to lead two Working Groups addressing BOS challenges and supporting municipal partners to implement NYSolar Smart BOS cost reduction strategies.
Responsibilities will include:
- Lead NYS Working Groups focused on net metering, interconnection and zoning codes.
- Support NYS bulk purchasing programs.
- Support municipal outreach and assistance including lead responsibility for working with 5 NYSolar Smart partner jurisdictions to improve DOE benchmarked scores of BOS components.
- Gathering information regarding local online resources, including permitting information, and installations, for inclusion on the NYS Solar Map.
- Support development of a network of municipalities and utilities willing to work toward the adoption of a streamlined permit form for residential installations.
- Mapping out existing permitting process in jurisdictions and working with jurisdictions to fit standardized permit form into this process.
- Acting as a liaison between solar installation companies and jurisdictions as needed.
- Assisting with statewide event coordination and trainings as needed.
Experience and Qualifications
Applicants must have proven experience with or knowledge of several of the following:
• New York State energy policy, programs, and incentives
• Best practices for permitting and/or interconnection processes
• Working with a range of stakeholder groups and levels
• Process mapping
• Residential PV installations
Successful applicants will have excellent writing skills, public speaking ability in both large and small settings, and project
management experience. This position will require the ability to work independently as well as collaborate with multiple stakeholders. Two to five years’ experience in a relevant field is required.Graduate degree preferred in energy policy or similar focus. Applicants must be able and willing to travel across the State.