U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative
The United States Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. DOE is supporting a range of key activities by private companies, academia, and national laboratories to drive down the installed cost of solar. The non-hardware, balance of systems costs associated with solar energy systems represent as much as 40% of the total installed system price.
Rooftop Solar Challenge 1
CUNY, on behalf of NYC, won an award supported by over 30 organizations to utilize strategic working groups to streamline the NYC permitting and interconnection processes; identify and implement improvements to interconnection and net metering standards; design and implement financing programs and policies and remove zoning obstacles. The program began in February of 2012.