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Sunshine in the City: The Power of Solar in NYC


When you think about solar panels, a New York City rooftop is likely not the first place you envision. But NYC’s high costs of electricity and progressive renewable energy policies make going solar in the five boroughs not only feasible, but economical.

As a member of the NYC Solar Partnership, NYCEDC works to support the deployment of renewable energy and the companies that make solar possible in New York City.

Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced Solarize NYC, a citywide program designed to increase access to solar and reduce costs through multiple community group-purchasing campaigns over the next nine years. This flexible model was specifically designed to overcome the major barriers to going solar in New York City.

For potential solar customers, Solarize NYC will lower the costs of solar installations, minimize the interconnection and permitting timeline, and provide technical assistance to choose qualified installers.

Solarize NYC will also support solar installation companies that work in New York City. By aggregating customers and lowering customer acquisition costs, performing initial customer intake, and providing extensive customer education resources, Solarize NYC will cut costs and red tape for both installers and customers.

Along with the NYC Solar Partnership’s other initiatives, including the NYC Solar Map, Solarize NYC works toward Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

For more information on Solarize NYC and to learn how your community can go solar, please visit



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