NY-Sun Solar PV Competitive Program (New York)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place New York

Name NY-Sun Solar PV Competitive Program
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Construction, Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Anaerobic Digestion
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Depends on the bid amount

Eligible System Size Minimum: 200 kW

Maximum: Must be sized to produce no more than 110% of historic or calculated on-site energy use

Equipment Requirements PV modules must meet IEEE and UL 1703 standards,

Inverters must be listed on the NY PSC certified equipment listing
Inverters must be listed on the NY PSC certified equipment listing

Start Date 2011
Expiration Date Overall Program: 12/31/2015
Current Solicitation: 08/29/2013
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Funding Source System Benefit Charge
Installation Requirements PV systems should be installed in NYISO load zones A through J and Biogas facilities must be located in load zones G through J.

System must be grid connected and installed behind the electricity meter of a single customer.

Maximum Incentive 6 million per applicant

3 million per project site
Additional 15% bonus incentive for facilities located in Strategic Locations

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits NYSERDA

Program Budget $106,900,000 (2013)

Terms Incentive payments last up to 3 years
Program Administrator NYSERDA
Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Closed-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2589-New-York-Sun-Competitive-PV-Program.aspx

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Note: The deadline for submitting proposal for the program expired on August 29, 2013. NYSERDA is no longer accepting additional proposals at this time.

NY-Sun Solar PV Competitive Program is a part of the New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer- Sited Tier program. The program is designed to encourage development of PV and Renewable Bio-gas electric generation facilities through competitively awarding of contracts for electric generation of size greater than 200 kW.

Program Description

Applicants must submit a bid to NYSERDA as a $/kWh incentive request. The proposals will be ranked in order of incentive bid and the awards will be granted from lowest to highest of the bid amount. The award will include two up-front payments and three performance payments. Up-front payment is calculated by multiplying the bid amount times the amount of KWh the project is expected to produce over 3 years. Capacity factor of 11% for PV and 75% for Renewable Biogas will be used in this calculation. Performance payment is calculated based on the amount of actual kWh produced by the site during each 3 year of its operation. Additional incentive of factor 1.15 will be added to the performance incentive if the site is project is located in identified Strategic Location. The amount of incentive is capped to $3 million per project site and $6 million per applicant. Under Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2589, $106 million is available for the year 2013.


The eligibility for project installation is specific to different geographical regions called “load zones”. Customer-sited PV program incentive is available in load zones A through J, and Renewable Biogas fueled electric generation projects in load zones G through J. The amount of funding available for each of the load zone is specified on a per calendar basis. Projects funded through System Benefit Charge (SBC) funding and systems installed prior to the issuance of contract are not eligible for funding.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Pete Savio
Department NYSERDA

Place Albany, New York
Phone (518) 862-1090 Ext:3554

Email peter.savio@nyserda.ny.gov

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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