Installing Solar in NYC

Sustainable CUNY and its partners have been working to reduce barriers to solar in NYC since 2007. The information in this section of the website will help system owners and installers understand the NYC installation process for both solar PV systems.

Sustainable CUNY can help with the initial steps of investigating the feasibility of solar on your home or business. The NYC Solar Ombudsman primarily target sites in the Solar Empowerment Zones; however please feel free to Contact Us for general information or fill out our project inquiry form for assistance with a virtual site survey and consultation wherever your building is located.

Before going solar:

  1. Consult a professional prior to installing a solar PV system about home energy efficiency . Obtain an understanding of your energy use by looking at the last year of your electricity bills. A solar installer or general contractor should also check to see if your roof needs to be reinforced or replaced.
  2. Seek bids from multiple solar companies and installers that guarantee their work and whenever possible use professionals certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) who are on New York State Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Approved PV Installers list .  
  3. Learn about solar technologies , available PV incentives , and financing options to ensure that you have the information you need to make the best decisions.


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Solar Installation

Empower, Queens, 4.95 kW

Resources for installing solar

U.S. Department of Energy
A Homeowner's Guide to Grid Connected PV <pdf>

Solar America City Video Tutorials
Video tutorials providing basic information on solar energy created under the Philadephia Solar America City Program.

NYSERDA Eligible PV Installers
Find an eligible PV installer through the NYSERDA approved installer list.

National Renewable Energy Lab PV Consumer Guide
This Consumer Guide <pdf> provides basic information about buying a solar electric system.

NYSERDA Powerclerks
The Powerclerks website is a great resource for finding average installation costs throughout the state by county.