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.


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Green NYC 2025: The Future of Green Technologies in NYC


Green NYC 2025 Report

Earlier this month, NYCEDC released Green NYC 2025 – Opportunities in Cleantech’s Digital Evolution, a report on how NYC can play a leading role in urban sustainability innovations over the next decade. 

Green NYC 2025 identified an emerging segment of the industry as particularly favorable for NYC: “Green 2.0,” or digitally-enabled products and services that use information, data and technology to address environmental, energy and resource constraints.

With the...

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NYC BigApps and Cleanweb: Can Our Smartphones Make Us Greener?


Cleanweb Developer Day at New Work City in Chinatown, NYC. Photo credit: David Gilford/NYCEDC

By Betsy Scherzer, Senior Project Manager and David Gilford, Assistant Director

Many of us have heard about cleantech, imagining that clever scientists will eventually solve all our environmental challenges with shiny hardware. But what if the power to start addressing these challenges is already in our pocket? Smartphones have brought us useful and amusing apps, but now a new category aims to transform how we relate to the environment. “Cleanweb” uses mobile and internet technologies, from social media to data visualization, to improve resource efficiency,...

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Solar Sandy Project Brings Power to Storm-Affected Areas


Solar generators post Sandy

Installing mobile solar generator in a retired firehouse, now a community center in Rockaway Beach, Queens, November 11, 2012. Photo courtesy Solar One.

By David Gilford, Assistant Director, and Luke Clause, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

Solar technology is helping New Yorkers recover from the unprecedented power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. With several of the City’s hardest hit areas still without power, businesses, nonprofits and volunteers have come together to install mobile solar generators where they are...

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Green, Energy

Cleanweb Hackathon NYC: September 28-30


Cleanweb Hackathon

This week is Climate Week NYC, an annual summit bringing focus to clean technologies and how they can create jobs, stimulate the economy, and make the world a little greener. In keeping with the green theme, this weekend, Cleanweb Hackathon NYC will bring together software developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to brainstorm and create innovative products, apps, and solutions to global resource constraints. At the Hackathon, participants are challenged to build applications that tackle sustainability...

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Green, Entrepreneurs

NYC Cleantech Innovators Compete in New Energy Symposium


Solar Panels

By David Gilford, Assistant Director, Center for Economic Transformation

Each summer, New York's top clean technology startups come together to pitch to a panel of the industry’s leading investors. The event is the New Energy Symposium, a statewide collaboration led by the New Energy New York and the Energy & Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) of the ...

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Energy, Green



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