NYC Solar Summit 2011
The NYC Solar America City Partnership, comprised of the City University of New York, the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, launched the world's largest LiDAR-based solar map at the 5th annual NYC Solar Summit on June 16th. The NYC Solar Map is an interactive online tool that allows users to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in New York City’s five boroughs by inputting an address. The map is hosted by CUNY at nycsolarmap.com and also highlights existing solar installations, displays real-time solar energy production, and shows the user the costs, incentives, and payback period for investing in solar. Media Release <pdf>
Speakers at the press conference included Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Allan Dobrin, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky, U.S. Department of Energy Market Transformation Lead for Solar Jennifer DeCesaro, NYC Department of Building Commissioner Robert LiMandri, Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Director David Bragdon, Con Edison Vice President of Manhattan Operations John Mucci, NYSERDA VP for Technology and Strategic Planning Janet Joseph, CUNY University Director of Sustainability Tria Case, and Hunter College C.A.R.S.I Director Sean Ahearn.
Con Edison and NYSERDA were major sponsors of the fifth annual NYC Solar Summit. The Summit presented an update on the NYC Solar America City progress and detailed the roll out of the NYC Solar Empowerment Zones and the NYC Solar Map; part of the platform that establishes solar as a smart energy choice in New York City. Panel discussions featured a 'Solar Strategy' debate on financing solar in the future, 'Clean Tech and Solar', and 'Analytics Matters', a panel on utilizing data to impact NYC energy choices and inform urban communities across the country. The day also featured a morning and afternoon 'Conversation With...’ NYC leaders including Richard Kessel, President of the New York Power Authority and Maria Gotsch, President & CEO of the New York City Investment Fund. Presentations