NY-Sun PV Incentive Program (New York)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place New York

Name NY-Sun PV Incentive Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Institutional
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Incentive rates will step down over time as MW goals are met. Incentive rates as of 8/14/14:

0.50/W - 1.00/W, varies by region

Base Incentive .050/W - 1.00/W for the first 50kW of installed capacity per meter, varies by region
Second Tier Incentive: 0.50/W - 0.60/W for installed capacity over 50kW and up to 200kW per meter, varies by region

Eligible System Size None specified, but systems may not exceed 110% of demonstrated energy demand.
Equipment Requirements Systems and components must be new; modules and inverters must meet applicable UL and IEEE standards; monitoring equipment with accuracy of +/- 5% required; minimum five-year system warranty against breakdown or degradation of more than 10% from original rated output; two-year warranty on battery back-up systems.
Start Date 08/12/2010 (current PON)
Expiration Date 12/29/2023 or when funding is fully allocated, whichever comes first
Funding Source RPS surcharge and RGGI funding.
Installation Requirements System must be a grid-connected, end-use application; be installed by a pre-approved contractor; and comply with New York's Standard Interconnection Requirements and all federal, state and local codes.

Maximum Incentive Residential: Maximum incentive based on the lesser of 25 kW or 110% of demonstrated energy demand

Commercial: Maximum incentive based on the lesser of 200 kW or 110% of demonstrated energy demand

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits NYSERDA for first 3 years of system operation, customer/generator thereafter

Program Budget $762 M through 2023

Program Administrator New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-Efficiency-and-Renewable-Programs/Renewables/Solar-Technologies/NY-Sun-Incentive-Program.aspx

References DSIRE[1]


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides an incentive for the installation of approved, grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems, with a goal of supporting 3.175 GW of installed capacity. NYSERDA has established separate megawatt (MW) budgets for different regions of the state: areas served by Con Edison, areas served by PSEG Long Island, and the balance of the state. These separate budgets are referred to as MW Blocks. The incentives available within each MW Block are scheduled to step down over time as certain targets are met.

Incentive Amounts

The non-residential incentives consist of a base incentive, which varies depending on the MW Block. Larger systems will also receive a second tier incentive for installed capacity over 50kW and up to 200kW per meter. Customers of investor-owned utilities, including Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation, and PSEG Long Island are eligible to participate, as well as customers of NYPA and municipally-owned utilities.

Residential, small business, and not-for-profit organizations are also eligible for low-interest rate financing. More information about financing is available here.

System Eligibility

The maximum capacity supported by the program is 25 kilowatts (kW) for residential systems and 200 kW for non-residential systems. Incentives are only available to eligible installers, and incentives must be passed on in full to customers. PV systems must be sized to meet specific site energy needs (local load or demand) and may not exceed 110% of the demonstrated energy demand for the site, taking into account any other on-site electrical power generation systems. Incentive levels will be reduced in proportion to potential output losses of greater than 20%. NYSERDA will hold the title to renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the system's energy production for a period of three years, after which REC ownership will revert to the customer/generator.

Installer Requirements

Installer eligibility will be determined and maintained based on factors such as acceptance of all program terms and conditions, training, installation experience, track record related to utility interconnections, overall performance, monitoring, customer references, customer satisfaction, and commitment to become certified through a national certification program. NYSERDA is providing accredited training opportunities for PV installers to the greatest extent possible. Training opportunities are posted on NYSERDA's Renewable Energy Training web site. All installers must have credentialing from Underwriters Labs (UL), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) in order to qualify for the program. The program website (listed above) provides a list of more than 125 fully eligible installers and many others with provisional approval.

Incentive Payment

Once eligible, installers reserve incentives for approved systems for specific customers on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as funds are available. Prior to installing a PV system, contractors must provide customers with information and basic assistance in understanding possible energy efficiency improvements and benefits, although energy efficiency measure installation is not required for program participation.

Incentives are paid to installers in two increments and are tied to specific installation milestones. The first incentive payment, or 75% of the total incentive amount approved by NYSERDA, will be paid after all system components have been delivered to a customer’s site and the appropriate form is completed, submitted and approved by NYSERDA. The second incentive payment, or the remaining 25%, will be paid after a PV system has been connected to the utility grid and/or inspected by NYSERDA or its representatives and the appropriate form has been completed, submitted and approved by NYSERDA.


During 2008 and 2009, the published program budget totaled $75.3 million, and the PSC later authorized additional interim funding of $2 million per month to allow the program to continue from through June 2010. The total 2010-2015 budget is $175 million, including the interim funding from the first half of 2010 and additional funding allocations of $31.1 million made during 2012 for the 2012 and 2013 program years. The 2012 funding additions stemmed from New York's NY-Sun Initiative, which sets a goal of quadrupling 2011 annual PV capacity installation within the state by 2013.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - NYSERDA
Department New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Address 17 Columbia Circle
Place Albany, New York
Zip/Postal Code 12203-6399
Phone (866) 697-3732
Phone 2 (518) 862-1090
Email info@nyserda.ny.gov
Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/
Contact Name Frank Mace
Department New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Address 17 Columbia Circle
Place Albany, New York
Zip/Postal Code 12203-6399
Phone (518) 862-1090 Ext:3433
Phone 2 (866) 697-3732
Email fwm@nyserda.ny.gov
Website http://www.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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