City Partners with CUNY on Solar Initiative

The City of Poughkeepsie is pleased to announce a new partnership with City University of New York (CUNY) on an initiative to lower the cost and ease the process of solar installation in New York State.  CUNY is the recipient of a $1.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II.  The collaborative effort between CUNY; New York Power Authority (NYPA); New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); and 16 New York cities, towns and villages, including the City of Poughkeepsie, will establish best practices on solar installation and encourage the development of local solar markets.

“By working with CUNY and other partners on this initiative, the City of Poughkeepsie aims to demonstrate that our community is open for solar business,” Mayor John Tkazyik said.  “We want to remove barriers to local economic development opportunities such as solar, create local jobs and encourage clean, renewable energy at a lower cost.  The City is committed to supporting creative solutions to help standardize the process and make solar installation more user-friendly.”

Through March 2015, City staff will work with one of four working groups to develop strategies to reduce the “soft costs” associated with solar projects.  Soft costs are non-hardware costs like permitting, installation, design and maintenance.  Working group focus areas include:

  • Permitting & Interconnection
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Net Metering & Interconnection Standards
  • Financial Options

According to NYSERDA and NYPA, the City of Poughkeepsie currently has an installed solar capacity of 0.636 MW, equating to renewable power for 95 homes and $4.5 million in area economic development, with an additional 0.175 MW in the queue.

For more information on NY Solar Smart, please visit http://nysolarsmart.org.

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