In the Field: Solar Resiliency in New York
MARCH 15, 2016, BY HENDRIK RICHERT
While interning with Global Green’s New York Office, I attended the NYC Solar Installer Workshop: Solar and Storage, organized by Sustainable CUNY (City University of New York) as part of their long-term commitment to develop the city’s energy resiliency. The workshop was designed to improve knowledge on current solar energy systems and energy storage, and for attendees to gain a better understanding of relevant NYC permitting and code requirements related to solar systems.
Leaders from the energy industry presented on topics including:
- NYC fire code rooftop access requirements by the Fire Department of New York
- The New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) presented their roadmap for a more sustainable New York, along with a goal of achieving 50% of the city’s energy needs through renewable technology by 2030.
- Interconnection processes for solar energy storage by Con Edison
Global Green has been at the forefront of efforts to improve New York City’s preparedness for future disasters at community centers. This annual event is instrumental in ensuring we stay informed of new policies, emerging programs and the applicable permitting requirements as we continue installing solar resiliency projects in NYC through Solar for Sandy. The Solar for Sandy initiative provides essential back-up energy capacity to disaster resiliency hubs for the community through solar with backup systems. The first Solar for Sandy installations were in Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway Beach Surf Club, located in some of the areas hardest hit by the superstorm. To expand on this, Global Green also serves as an advisory board member of CUNY's NYSolar Smart DG Hub with the goal of establishing a more resilient distributed energy system in New York.
Jeffrey Irvine from Sustainable CUNY described their online consumer tool, the NYC Solar Map, as a one-stop-shop for solar. Using state of the art LIDAR laser mapping they were able to build a user-friendly tool “to map out the solar potential of all of the million buildings across New York City." Giving users the ability to look up things like zoning classifications and payback information simply by clicking on a building, they are able to establish if their home is a good fit for an installation. Ultimately this system aims to connect customers with qualified, registered installers.