Solar Energy could provide a significant fraction of New York's electricity generation requirements and, in concert with other generation sources, provide more reliable power. Solar Energy or photovoltaics (PV) is a semiconductor technology that converts sunlight directly into electricity while using no moving parts, consuming no fuel, and creating no pollution. Historically, the US has been a global leader in PV technology but has been losing ground to Germany and Japan over the past decade. Aggressive state programs such as the California Solar Initiative as well as federal tax credits have stimulated renewed growth of the solar industry in the US. New York was an early leader in state-sponsored solar subsidies and net metering policies but more recently, other states have seen more rapid growth.
To assist in raising awareness of the role of PV in New York and to obtain views and insights of key stakeholders, the Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) in partnership with the New York Solar Energy Industries Association and New Energy New York created the Solar Initiative of New York (SINY). Now partnered with other groups, including the New York Solar Energy Society, SINY organizes forums and workshops to identify and address patterns and opportunities within the solar industry.
With the aim of preparing a framework to increase the adoption of solar PV in New York, E2TAC at College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany, together with 30 industry partners, prepared New York’s Solar Roadmap, the first of its kind, in 2007. The roadmap set a target of 2000 MW of grid-connected solar installations to be achieved by 2017, and put forward four recommendations to achieve this target:
Five years after its initial release, E2TAC announced the publication of the New York Solar Roadmap 2.0, released in July 2012. This updated version includes an overview on progress to date, major projects and policies around solar in New York State, and revised charts and targets. Download the 2007 New York Solar Roadmap Download the 2012 New York Solar Roadmap 2.0
Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable
E2TAC at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE), Department of Energy's Sunshot Program, U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, New York Solar Energy Society, Business Council of NYS, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, and New Energy New York and its partners hosted a series of Roundtables at CNSE's Albany Nanotech Complex from March-August 2012 in order to identify challenges to be addressed and potential opportunities for gigawatt scale PV deployment in the northeastern U.S.
The outcomes from the Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable August 2012 session, which built upon the previous two events in March and April, are detailed in the document Outcomes of the Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable. This document serves to engage in follow-on discussions, opportunities and collaborations amongst the various stakeholders to address key issues that emerged from the Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable program. Download the Outcomes of the Northeast Photovoltaic Roundtable
Information For more information on the Solar Initiative of New York, its partners or its events, please contact Emily Behnke at [email protected]. For information on incentives or installing solar panels on your residential home, please visit NYSERDA's Solar Technologies page.