NYC Solar Partnership

New York City has been actively engaged in solar initiatives since 2005, when the City University of New York (CUNY) launched the Million Solar Roofs Initiative (MSRI) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

In 2007 Sustainable CUNY formed the NYC Solar Partnership, leading the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS), the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the City University of New York (CUNY) in developing and implementing comprehensive plans for large-scale solar integration and associated economic development in New York City. This strategic approach has resulted in multiple U.S. DOE grant awards, which Sustainable CUNY implements on behalf of NYC, in collaboration with over 40 key partners.

In addition to the Department of Energy, funding partners include the New York Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, the Mayor's Office of New York and Consolidated Edison.


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U.S. Department of Energy Initiatives



SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II


SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge I


ARRA ‘Special Projects’


Solar America City


Million Solar Roofs


nyc solar platform


additional activities

Solar Summit The annual NY Solar Summit is a conference focused on implementing solar in New York with leaders from utilities, industry, government, and academia attending and presenting.

Training the Solar Workforce CUNY, through the Center for Sustainable Energy at the Bronx Community College, providesNYSERDA-supported PV installation courses on three CUNY campuses.