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Brooklyn Completes Largest Community Solar Project in New York City

Nearly 200 NYC Households and Small Commercial Businesses to Benefit from 1.2-Megawatt Solar Array

December 19, 2018

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that the largest Community Solar project in New York City has been completed and is operational. Located in Brooklyn, nearly 200 households and businesses are benefiting from the 1.2-megawatt solar array which supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable sources by 2030.

The solar array was developed by Daroga Solar. The project is fully subscribed with 196 total customers – 70 percent residential customers, 20 percent small commercial customers, and 10 percent low- to moderate-income customers.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Residents and small business owners throughout New York are rapidly embracing community solar as a means to lower their energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. I applaud Daroga Solar for their commitment to this project and the residents and small business owners in Brooklyn who have joined together to embrace renewable energy and support Governor Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals.”

NYSERDA through the NY-Sun program initiative provided over $850,000 in funding for the solar array, which includes a total of 3,325 solar panels on the rooftops of two locations on Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn. Combined, the 1.2-megawatt solar array will reduce greenhouse gases by 740 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 160 cars from the road. Projects of this size and capacity help to provide long-term certainty to New York’s growing solar market and lower costs for residents and businesses while supporting the ambitious goal to add more than 3 gigawatts of installed solar in the state by 2023.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Community Distributed Generation evolution, especially in New York. We haven’t scratched the surface of its potential and look forward to being a leader in its development. The more projects developed, the cleaner and greener our City will become,” said David Matt, Principal, Daroga Power.

NY-Sun is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the State closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased more than 1,000 percent, leveraged nearly $2.8 billion in private investments and has more than 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across the state.

Growing activity in community distributed generation (CDG) is in part due to the evolving Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) policies and Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which are driving greater investments in the CDG sector.

More than 84,000 solar installations have been supported by NYSERDA throughout New York State to date, with over 5,004 projects currently in the pipeline, including 700 megawatts of Community Solar. In 2018, through June, New York was ranked third nationally in residential and non-residential solar installed. In addition, during the months of July and August 2018, New York completed 80 megawatts of solar projects – the highest amount completed in two months in the state’s history.

An initiative of the NY-Sun program, Community Solar projects increase access to solar in areas where residents may not own property or have ideal conditions to install solar panels at their location by enabling them to subscribe to a community solar project. Once households and businesses subscribe, energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy while subscribers get credits on their electric bills. Individuals and families interested in learning more about this project should visit NYSERDA’s community solar webpage.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on TwitterFacebookYouTube, or Instagram.

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NY Announces Dramatic Increase in Energy Efficiency and Energy Storage Targets

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved the initiatives, which will aim to more than double utility energy efficiency progress by 2025 and set the state on a trajectory to build 1.5GW of storage by 2025, storing enough electricity to power 1.2 million homes, moving up to 3GW by 2030.

2025 Energy Efficiency Targets Will Reduce Energy Consumption by Equivalent of 1.8 Million Homes Annually and Create as Many as 50,000 New Jobs.

Albany, NY – December 13, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Public Service Commissionapproved two initiatives to dramatically increase New York’s energy efficiency and energy storage targets to combat climate change. The new energy efficiency target for investor-owned utilities will more than double utility energy efficiency progress by 2025, reducing the state’s energy consumption by the equivalent of fueling and powering 1.8 million homes. The energy storage initiative sets New York on a trajectory to achieve 1,500 megawatts of storage by 2025, enough electricity to power 1.2 million homes, and up to 3,000 megawatts by 2030. First announced as part of the Governor’s 2018 State of the State clean energy agenda, these energy efficiency and energy storage targets are vital to meeting New York’s clean energy goals.

“As the federal government continues to ignore the real and imminent dangers of climate change, New York is aggressively pursuing clean energy alternatives to protect our environment and conserve resources,” Governor Cuomo said. “These unprecedented energy efficiency and energy storage targets will set a standard for the rest of the nation to follow, while supporting and creating jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries.”

“We’re investing in projects and programs to advance our aggressive energy goals across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “While the federal government has turned its back on energy initiatives to reduce consumption and greenhouse gases, New York is leading the nation to ensure a cleaner and greener environment for future generations and combat climate change.”

Energy Efficiency

In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop an ambitious new energy efficiency target by Earth Day. In celebration of Earth Day, DPS and NYSERDA staff issued the New Efficiency: New York report to establish New York’s ambitious 2025 energy efficiency target of 185 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of cumulative annual site energy consumption by 2025 – equivalent to fueling and powering 1.8 million New York homes annually. New Efficiency: New York also identified a comprehensive set of actions to meet that target, with emphasis on increased energy savings throughinnovative utility efficiency programs, the first steps of which were approved by the Commission today.

The Commission order adopts 31 TBtu of additional site energy reduction by the state’s utilities, above existing utility efficiency goals and toward the achievement of the 2025 target. This goal is inclusive of a subsidiary annual three percent reduction in electricity sales by 2025 and 5 TBtu of savings from the installation of heat pumps, which will help further reduce emissions from the heating and cooling of buildings in a cost effective way.

The initiatives resulting from today’s order will deliver direct benefits to New York consumers through new building retrofits, upgrades to heating and cooling equipment, and innovative technologies like heat pumps. The Commission has required a minimum of 20 percent of any additional levels of public investment in energy efficiency to be dedicated to the low- and moderate-income sector, helping to ensure that all New Yorkers have equal access to clean, affordable energy.

The associated reduction of carbon pollution resulting from this nation-leading initiative will bring an additional $1.8 billion in societal and environmental benefits and will continue to grow employment opportunities in the energy efficiency field. Energy efficiency firms employed over 117,000 people in New York in 2017, and employers expect jobs to grow by nearly 6 percent by the end of 2018. If this rate continues through 2025, approximately 50,000 new jobs will be created. NYSERDA plans to provide training to at least 20,000 potential employees in the energy efficiency industry.

Energy efficiency is a vital and fundamental component of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system to combat climate change and meet New York’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

Energy Storage

In June, Governor Cuomo announced the State’s plan to jumpstart the development of energy storage in New York, calling for the deployment of 1,500 megawatts of energy storage by 2025, or enough electricity for 1.2 million average sized homes, while avoiding more than one million tons of carbon pollution.

To achieve the Governor’s goal, the Commission today adopted a comprehensive strategy to address barriers that have been impeding energy storage technologies from competing in the energy marketplace. These actions are intended to accelerate the market learning curve, drive down costs, and speed the deployment of the highest-value energy storage projects for maximum benefit to New Yorkers and the electric grid.

In addition to the 2025 goal, a secondary energy storage deployment goal of 3,000 megawatts for 2030 is being adopted, which was called for pursuant to legislation signed into law last year by Governor Cuomo. When implemented, the strategy adopted by the Commission today will establish a critical foundation for the emergence of this clean-tech industry across the state and support New York’s goal to create 30,000 jobs in this industry.

To further stimulate energy storage deployment across the state and spur private sector investment, earlier this week, New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced it will invest $250 million over the next five years to accelerate the flexibility of the electric grid to give New Yorkers greater access to renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power. This multi-pronged, collaborative effort by NYPA will harness the abilities of third-party providers to address key market and financial barriers, and accelerate implementation of 150 megawatts of grid flexibility projects and decrease market risk.

Both Commission actions today are the result of extensive public outreach, numerous public hearings, regional forums, active stakeholder engagement, and public comment review.

The Commission order also:

  • Authorizes a $310 million market acceleration bridge incentive to be administered by NYSERDA, in addition to $40 million announced in November for pairing storage with PV projects, and directs NYSERDA to file a market acceleration bridge incentive implementation plan; and
  • Directs the State’s six major electric utilities to hold competitive procurements for 350 megawatts of bulk-sited energy storage systems.

As more renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar, are brought online, energy storage will enhance efficiency of the electric grid to better integrate these variable resources. Importantly, energy storage will also enable these resources to meet periods of peak demand. Achieving the 2025 energy storage target will produce $2 billion in gross lifetime benefits to New Yorkers by reducing the reliance on costly, dirty and inefficient energy infrastructure, while also helping to scale up the clean energy industry.

According to a recent report by the American Jobs Project, New York is home to nearly 100 energy storage companies with expertise in hardware manufacturing, advanced materials, software development, and project management, and ranks fifth in the nation for energy storage patents due to the depth of research across its universities, national lab, and businesses.

Richard Kauffman, New York State Chairman of Energy and Finance, said, “Under Governor Cuomo, New York is taking the lead in fighting climate change and growing the clean energy economy. Today’s energy efficiency and energy storage actions continues our nation-leading progress to maximize and deploy these important clean energy resources and reduce the need for new infrastructure by integrating solar, wind and energy storage to enable a more reliable and resilient electric grid, ensuring power is delivered when and where it’s needed.”

Public Service Commission Chair John B. Rhodes said, “Energy efficiency is one of our most important clean energy resources and one of the smartest investments we can make. Energy storage is the key to unlocking renewables and reducing bottlenecks and costs on the grid. Today’s orders ramp up New York’s commitment and achievement, delivering bill savings for all New Yorkers while driving down carbon emissions.”

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “Under Governor Cuomo, New York is not waiting to address the challenge of global climate change—instead we are taking bold and immediate action today. Today’s decisions by the PSC solidify the role of energy efficiency and of energy storage each as an important foundation of the state’s transition to a clean energy-powered future, and will allow those resources to deliver on their potential—including a more reliable system than the one we have today, billions of dollars in cost savings for consumers and the creation of thousands of new, good clean energy jobs for New Yorkers.”

Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO of the New York Power Authority, said, “Increasing energy efficiency and accelerating energy storage deployment will significantly help in New York State’s transition to a clean energy economy. In support of Governor Cuomo’s energy storage target, the New York Power Authority’s new flexibility initiative will help spur the development of the storage and demand flexibility market in New York by working in collaboration with the public and private sector to demonstrate the most effective business models to ensure projects are compensated for the value they provide the electricity grid.”

Assemblymember Amy Paulin said, “Increasing our energy efficiency and energy storage targets is an important step toward meeting our clean energy goals. Not only do these projects help the environment, they also create jobs and opportunities for New Yorkers in the ever-growing green energy sector. I commend Governor Cuomo for setting these unprecedented standards for the rest of the nation to follow.”

Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, said, “The storage plans laid out in today’s PSC Order will allow the solar industry to better serve its customers and help bring energy storage to scale in New York. Battery storage helps diversify and strengthen the grid, saving customers money on their electric bills. This is a clear step in the right direction to achieving the state’s clean energy goals.”

Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, said, “New York State is leading the way by setting this bold target for energy storage. The target was developed through a robust and open stakeholder process, and was supported by strong economic modeling. The state’s actions will generate an important, long-term signal to the storage industry to invest and hire in New York, and can serve as a model for the rest of the nation.”

Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST, said, “NY-BEST applauds the Public Service Commission for its action today to establish an Energy Storage Roadmap for New York, codifying Governor Cuomo’s 1,500 MW energy storage target by 2025 and establishing a nation-leading 3 GW by 2030 energy storage deployment goal. The Roadmap’s new market bridge incentive program will jumpstart energy storage deployments in the state and we look forward to working with the Commission and NYSERDA on this program, as well as the Roadmap’s other ground-breaking initiatives, to unleash the benefits of energy storage for New York’s electric grid, economy and the environment.”

Andy Frank, Founder & President of Sealed, a New York-based energy and financial technology company, said, “Sealed applauds the New York Public Service Commission for taking the next step in reaching Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy efficiency goals. It is especially encouraging that the PSC continues to understand that reaching these goals enables both flexibility and innovative partnerships with private market actors like Sealed that provide homeowners with performance-based financing solutions. Reaching our state energy efficiency goals will require state, utility, and private investment working in concert, and this Order supports that vision.”

Jackson Morris, Eastern Director for Climate & Clean Energy at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said, “New York took a massive leap forward today, bolstering its status as a national leader on energy efficiency. Coupled with a nation-leading energy storage target for 2030, and with an eye toward pairing that storage with solar, Governor Cuomo has yet again demonstrated an unwavering commitment to growing the clean energy economy, delivering critical climate solutions, and creating a stronger New York for generations to come.”

Bill Nowak, Executive Director of NY-GEO, said, “NY-GEO applauds Governor Cuomo’s Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Initiative for recognizing the important role geothermal heat pumps will play in achieving New York’s ambitious goals. We commend the PSC for meshing greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency seamlessly in its actions today. The heat pump carve out sets an important precedent that our industry looks forward to fulfilling.”

David Hepinstall, Executive Director of the Association for Energy Affordability, said, “I’m very pleased the Public Service Commission has acted decisively on Governor Cuomo’s call for increased energy efficiency in New York State. Today’s Order provides the much needed near term direction for the utilities and creates a process for specific program developments to serve low income communities, which are vitally necessary to ensure energy efficiency for all New Yorkers.”

Anne Reynolds, Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, said, “New York’s clean energy industry welcomes today’s actions by the Commission as important steps forward for energy storage and energy efficiency policy. Both are critical as New York continues its transition to a cleaner, more renewable, and more efficient electricity system. Governor Cuomo’s clean energy goals are nation-leading and ambitious, and these types of implementation details are key to reaching those goals.”

Adam Procell, President of Lime Energy, said, “Well-structured targets and funding mechanisms that foster aggressive energy efficiency action among utilities bolsters New York’s economic growth, accelerates greenhouse gas reductions and are a great deal for the people of New York State. Lime Energy is grateful to Commissioner Rhodes, and the DPS and NYSERDA teams for the hard work – and extensive stakeholder engagement – that made today’s Order possible. We look forward to continuing to work with the State and the utilities to advance New York as a national leader in energy efficiency.”

Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York’s economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven growth of more than 1,000 percent in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor’s $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Con Edison Now # 2 Solar Energy Producer in North America

Company’s New Sustainability Report Also Details Operational and Environmental Improvements

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED) (“Con Edison”) announced today that its subsidiary has completed its previously announced purchase of a Sempra Energy subsidiary that owns 980 megawatts (MW) AC of operating renewable electric production projects and certain development rights for additional solar electric production and energy storage projects. The $1.6 billion acquisition brings the Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses portfolio of renewable assets to 2,600 MW AC in 17 states. The acquisition makes Con Edison the second largest solar energy producer in North America.

The announcement coincided with Con Edison’s release of its 2017-2018 Sustainability Report, https://bit.ly/2BcIVLV.

Among other highlights in the report, the company announced it has reduced its carbon footprint nearly in half since 2005, eliminating 2.52 million tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road. The company’s energy efficiency program initiated in 2009 also has helped 600,000 customers with upgrades preventing more than 1.4 million tons of carbon emissions, equal to sidelining another 300,000 cars.

“Our acquisition of these renewable energy assets builds on a strong record of environmental commitment, and our determination to be national leaders in clean energy initiatives,” said John McAvoy, Con Edison’s chairman and CEO. “Over the next three years, we will double the gas energy efficiency levels we offer customers and reduce overall usage during peak periods, while supporting the city and state’s climate and clean energy goals.

“We expect to invest $9.5 billion on our energy systems during this period to improve safety, maintain reliability, and reduce risk,” McAvoy added. “Our core energy systems remain the backbone of our operations, and will continue to serve as the platform for incorporating new renewable technologies.”

Included in the 980 MW AC purchase are a 379 MW share of projects that Sempra owned jointly with Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses.

“Sempra has been an excellent operating partner and they demonstrated the same high level of professionalism throughout this transaction,” said Mark Noyes, the president and CEO of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses. “The significance of the purchase is twofold for us. It increases our renewable energy production, enhancing our status as a market leader, and does so with assets close to where we operate other facilities, providing us with operating synergies.  Our combined solar and wind energy portfolio avoids 5.4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, on par with ushering 1.2 million cars to the curb.”

A slide presentation regarding the acquisition is available at www.conedison.com
(Select “For Investors,” “Press Releases,” and “3rd Quarter 2018 Earnings Release and Clean Energy Businesses Update Presentation”).

The company’s Sustainability Report also notes that:

  • Smart meters are improving control of voltage levels, improving energy efficiency and saving customers money, while also facilitating customer convenience with remote service turn-ons and automatic detection of outages.
  • The company joined 40 other companies as a founding partner in the EPA’s Natural Gas Star Methane Challenge with the aim of reducing methane emissions. R&D teams are using technologies that identify and estimate emissions from non-hazardous gas leaks to find and repair the non-hazardous leaks with the highest emission levels. (Hazardous leaks are repaired immediately.)
  • Collaboration with other energy companies and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are enhancing cybersecurity efforts to protect against intrusions.
  • R&D teams have deployed remote technologies, including sensors and robots, to inspect and/or repair transmission and distribution equipment as well as steam boilers.
  • Con Edison has invested over $5.2 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in its utility fleet and is offering incentives for customers who purchase electric vehicles.
  • Edison Electric Institute’s Environmental, Social and Governance Qualitative Template, which Con Edison is now utilizing with this report, is providing an industry standard for company reporting of comparative data on environmental, social and governance metrics.

Consolidated Edison Development, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc. that acquires, develops, builds and operates wind and solar electric generation facilities across the U.S. The portfolio includes renewable energy, as well as energy storage assets. Con Edison Development’s wind and solar assets now total approximately 2,600 MW AC across 17 states. The power produced by these projects is primarily sold through long-term contracts to utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers.

Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., through its three main subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates renewable and energy infrastructure assets and provides energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $50 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,300-square-mile-area in southeastern New York State and northern New Jersey; Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., which through its three main subsidiaries develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects and provides energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers; and Con Edison Transmission, Inc., which through its subsidiaries invests in electric and natural gas transmission projects.

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New York’s First Cooperatively-Owned Solar Project is Coming to Brooklyn!

NYCEDC selects UPROSE, Solar One, and Co-op Power to Develop Rooftop Solar Garden

Cooperatively-owned community solar project will connect Sunset Park residents, businesses to clean energy alternative

Sunset Park, Brooklyn – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the selection of UPROSE, Solar One and Co-op Power to develop and operate a community solar garden at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT). The rooftop solar array will be the first cooperatively-owned project if its kind in New York State, and will connect hundreds of New Yorkers and industrial businesses to sustainable energy through an affordable subscription-based service.

“The Brooklyn Army Terminal is one of the most innovative and accessible industrial campuses in the world. We’re using its vast rooftop space to create new capacity for solar power in New York City and deliver a sustainable energy alternative to the surrounding community,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “One hundred years after its groundbreaking, BAT continues to redefine itself and how it gives back to the city around it.”

While the use of solar technology has increased over the years, installation costs, space requirements, and a lack of rooftop ownership has made investing in solar energy challenging in New York City. By leveraging space at BAT, a City-owned asset, the solar garden will offset energy costs for subscribers. These subscribers will cooperatively own the solar array, participate in the project’s governance, and potentially earn dividends in the long-term.

Interested residents and businesses can visit SunsetParkSolar.org for more information.
UPROSE, along with partners Co-op Power, Solar One, 770 Electric Corp and Resonant Energy will develop an 80,000 square foot community solar garden on the roof of BAT’s Building B. Once up and running in late 2019, subscribers will join the New York City Community Energy Cooperative and make monthly payments in exchange for solar energy credits that reduce their energy bills. The project is expected to serve approximately 200 households and businesses, and result in more than $1 million in net electricity bill savings for New Yorkers over 25 years.

While similar programs have been launched in Minnesota, Colorado, and Massachusetts, all resulting in energy cost-savings, the project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal is unique for leveraging rooftop space in a dense urban setting and sharing its ownership with subscribers.

Solar installation company 770 Electric Corp. will hire local job trainees to help install the project. As part of their community engagement, UPROSE will also recruit residents to participate in a free solar installation training program facilitated by Solar One.

“I’m proud that two environmental organizations in my district, UPROSE, a leader in environmental justice, and Solar One, a leader in local shared solar, have been selected to partner in this innovative community solar project,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). “Community outreach, education and participation is key, and UPROSE is well suited to maximize local workforce development. I am particularly excited that they will be recruiting unemployed residents to participate in a free solar installation training program. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy, fueled by climate change, left its mark on the Sunset Park waterfront.  This project will help Sunset Park take advantage of that waterfront to harness solar power and be at the forefront of sustainable climate solutions.”

“One of my first initiatives as Brooklyn borough president was the creation of my Renewable and Sustainable Energy Taskforce (ReSET). I believe it is essential to clean and green Brooklyn’s energy consumption, making our borough a model for our city and country. Solar One and UPROSE are great non-profit organizations that are committed to advancing the twin missions of affordability and sustainability. The sun is rising on a new day on Sunset Park, and this community solar garden captures and harnesses that beautiful energy,” said Brooklyn Brough President Eric L. Adams.

“A working waterfront means a waterfront that works for every New Yorker, especially those who are often left behind by new investment and development. The new Community Solar Garden will advance that cause, and I am proud that Sunset Park will host the first-ever cooperatively-owned solar project in New York State. This is an example of what happens when government takes seriously its responsibility to give the community a seat at the table in every aspect of governance and maintenance of the City. However, we must ensure the promise is delivered, and I will work with NYCEDC, UPROSE, and Solar One to ensure local Sunset Park residents reap the benefits of this new and exciting solar project,” said City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.

“Not only will this project be the first of its kind in NYC, allow hundreds of New Yorkers and businesses to offset their energy costs and create new jobs, it will also help move our city closer to embracing clean energy and a green future,” said Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. “I look forward to the continued growth of solar power throughout NYC and to future projects at the Brooklyn Army Terminal that will help to grow our economy.”

“It is so appropriate that The Brooklyn Army Terminal is emerging as both a manufacturing and solar energy hub. We should be incorporating clean energy into development projects whenever possible. I am happy to see local grassroots organizations such as UPROSE taking part in this innovative project and I look forward to seeing long-term Sunset Park residents being trained and hired for the jobs to come,” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.

“Brooklyn can help lead the nation with this new solar power project. As we strive to end our reliance on fossil fuels and work to improve Planet Earth and the environment, use of solar power and other methods will help us in so many ways. Let’s make sure everyone knows about this new cost savings and energy efficient project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal,” said Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz.

“We are excited about the incredible opportunities provided to us by the development of community solar at Brooklyn Army Terminal. UPROSE has long held that the crisis of climate change must be addressed by expanding democratic control over resources and elevating community into positions of leadership and decision-making. This is particularly true in environmental justice communities like Sunset Park,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE. “We commend the NYC Economic Development Corporation for recognizing this opportunity, and we look forward to developing an innovative solar project that brings clean renewable energy to Sunset Park community members, utilizes public assets for maximum public benefit, and takes us one step closer towards climate justice and a just transition for a frontline neighborhood.”

“Ownership is the key! We want to thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation for working together with our partners and us to create an incredible opportunity for people in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn to own something of great value: a shared solar array. This project will provide not only the economic benefits of owning a large shared solar array but also the political and social benefits that go along with ownership,” said Shakoor Aljuwani, Coordinator, New York City Community Energy Cooperative (Co-op Power).

“Sunset Park Solar is a powerful example of community-driven renewable energy development. This project demonstrates that all New Yorkers, regardless of income, employment or homeownership status, can play a meaningful role in our transition to clean energy. We applaud NYCEDC for their leadership on this initiative and look forward to supporting its success,” Christopher J. Collins, Executive Director, Solar One.

“770 Electric Corp. could not be more proud to be part of this fantastic community-based solar project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. As a local Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) solar installer, we understand the importance of these projects to bringing renewable power to a broader demographic,” said Sandy Bar, President, 770 Electric Corp. This project will give many local electric rate payers access to clean renewable power at an affordable rate. We are honored to be a part of this team, and to support the proliferation of clean energy in many more communities throughout New York. We can only hope that with the success of this project, NYCEDC will continue to utilize its roofs to make solar more accessible across New York City.”

“It is long past time for low-income communities to start seeing meaningful benefits from the clean energy revolution. We are proud to bring our years of solar development expertise to this Brooklyn Army Terminal project, which demonstrates both the environmental and social impact that our industry is capable of,” said Isaac Baker, Co-Founder, Resonant Energy.

“Renewable energy is vital to meeting our urgent climate goals,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “As the first-cooperatively owned community solar garden anywhere in the state, this project will bring solar power to hundreds of families and businesses who otherwise lack access to clean energy alternatives. This groundbreaking project’s benefits don’t end there: it will also result in cleaner air, lower costs, and more jobs for New York City.”

“Sustainable CUNY is proud to be working with the NYC Economic Development Corporation through the NYC Solar Partnership to support shared solar projects like the Brooklyn Army Terminal Solar Garden,” said Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation. “Projects like this and the Partnership’s recently launched Shared Solar Gateway are helping to open the door to solar access for more New Yorkers.”

“The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance is enthusiastic to support UPROSE’s leadership in bringing the benefits of clean and renewable energy to deserving Sunset Park residents. This project, being the first of its kind, will provide essential lessons on how to expand renewable and clean energy opportunities to environmental justice communities long overdue for solutions that meaningfully dismantle disproportionate environmental, economic, and energy burdens. This project is a vital first step to addressing environmental justice and just transition goals across our City and State,” said Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.

BAT has emerged as a hub for modern manufacturing in New York, with over 100 companies making everything from high-end chocolate to 3D printed clothing and sustainable furniture. Earlier this year, NYCEDC celebrated BAT’s 100th year by unveiling half-a-million square feet of space for over 1,000 new jobs, welcoming an impressive roster of innovative tenants, and launching forward-looking initiatives to connect residents to modern skills and job opportunities. Today, the campus is home to nearly 4,000 jobs.

Since the start of the de Blasio administration, solar power capacity has more than quadrupled, providing more than 140 megawatts (MW) of electricity and directly supporting more than 2,700 jobs across the five boroughs. Another 60 MW are in the process of being installed. These efforts support the Mayor’s goal of installing 1 gigawatt of solar capacity citywide by 2030, enough to power 250,000 homes.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

About Brooklyn Army Terminal

The Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) is a modern industrial campus powered by the rich legacy of the South Brooklyn waterfront. The three million square foot campus is home to over 100 businesses and nearly 4,000 jobs. The de Blasio Administration has invested over $115 million into the Brooklyn Army Terminal to further transform the former U.S. military supply center into a hub for modern manufacturing and accessible jobs. Visit BklynArmyTerminal.comfor more information.

About UPROSE

Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization. An intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized organization, UPROSE promotes sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood through community-based planning, advocacy, popular education, organizing, and youth leadership development. To learn more about UPROSE, follow them on Twitter (@UPROSE), Facebook (UPROSE BK), and Instagram (@uprosebrooklyn).

About New York City Community Energy Cooperative

Sunset Park Solar participants will become owner-members of the newly founded New York City Community Energy Cooperative. They will receive approximately 20% off their electric bill each year. They’ll also have a say in their co-op’s priorities. Visit www.cooppower.coop/NYC_CEC for more information.

About Solar One

Founded in 2004, Solar One is an environmental nonprofit in NYC that runs diverse programs including K-12 environmental education, green workforce training, and programs that help New Yorkers adopt clean energy. Since 2014, Solar One has helped more than 250 NYC buildings install solar through its Here Comes Solar program. The organization also completes customer enrollment for community solar projects, and is providing technical assistance to some of NYC’s first community shared solar projects.

About Co-op Power 

Founded in 2004, Co-op Power is a network of consumer-owned community energy cooperatives serving Massachusetts, southern Vermont and New York. Members in NYC are represented by the New York City Community Energy Cooperative. Co-op Power is a multi-class, multi-racial movement building  a sustainable and just energy future through local ownership of sustainable energy generation, enterprises, and good green jobs.

About 770 Electric Corp.

Founded in 2006, 770 Electric Corp. (WBE) and its affiliate Grid City Energy, are a family-owned turnkey solar installation company. 770 Electric Corp. has over 12 years of commercial and residential solar experience in New York City and Long Island. The company has developed and installed hundreds of successful solar projects in partnership with affordable housing providers, non-profit partners and City agencies.

About Resonant Energy

Founded in 2016, Resonant Energy is a mission-driven, solar energy development company dedicated to making solar power accessible to urban low and moderate income communities. Resonant Energy was incubated by Co-op Power and provides financial modeling and project management expertise to support the successful implementation of solar projects.

New York City Council Holds Hearing on Landmark Retrofit Bill

Source: Urban Green Council

New York City Council hearings can sometimes be sleepy affairs, but this was not the case at yesterday’s Committee on Environmental Protection.

It was standing-room only for the hearing on a landmark retrofit bill introduced last week by Council Member Costa Constantinides. The bill, Intro. 1253, proposes new carbon emissions caps and energy performance requirements for the city’s large buildings starting in 2022.

The proposed legislation follows nearly a year of stakeholder engagement through the 80×50 Buildings Partnership and the release of Urban Green’s Blueprint for Efficiency. Over eight months and 85 meetings, with 70 experts from 40 groups, the Buildings Partnership developed 21 recommendations that will deliver the largest carbon reduction in the history of New York City. This shared thinking is the essential ingredient that’s been missing in global climate policy debates.

The bill is a good start and includes key recommendations from the Blueprint, such as a robust stakeholder advisory committee to develop a detailed energy performance metric that works for NYC’s large, dense and varied building stock. But, as our CEO John Mandyck outlined in Urban Green’s testimony, we still have work to do to reflect all elements of the Blueprint.

Many stakeholders at the hearing voiced strong support for the goals of the bill. But many also questioned its feasibility as currently structured. Key concerns include the bill’s accelerated 2022 timeline. Another is emissions limits set according to broad occupancy groups that cover buildings with very different space use and operating hours. These questions – and others – will need to be resolved in the legislative process in the weeks and months ahead.

Yesterday’s hearing also considered a bill that will open up a new, low-cost avenue to finance energy retrofits and revisions to Local Law 33 on building energy grades. We applaud the former and second the need to reconsider Local Law 33 in light of Intro 1253.

Intro 1253 is critical to the city’s mandate for 80 percent carbon reductions by 2050. Yet even when we get there, New York harbor will still rise if other cities around the world don’t follow. For others to do so, we need public policies that both work in New York and are exportable around the world – policies like the energy efficiency metric and credit trading recommended in the Blueprint.

We applaud Council Member Constantinides’ leadership on climate change policy and we look forward to working with all stakeholders as this bill develops.

What You Need to Know

Changes are expected before the bill passes into law. Here are the current terms:

  • Covers buildings greater than 25,000 square feet
  • Creates an office of building energy performance within the Department of Buildings to administer and implement the law
  • Sets mandatory carbon emissions limits for 2022 and 2023 based on building occupancy groups
  • Requires an advisory board of relevant stakeholders to develop recommendations for a building energy performance metric and requirements for 2024 and beyond
  • Sets default carbon emissions limits for 2024-2029 if no alternates are developed
  • Empowers the office of building energy performance to establish alternate methods of compliance, including green power purchase and credit trading
  • Provides penalties for non-compliance, as well as variances for hardship or significant weather variability
  • Exempts buildings with one or more rent-regulated units
  • Expands Local Law 87 retro-commissioning and audit requirements to buildings greater than 25,000 square feet (including buildings with rent-regulated units)
  • Requires the city to study the feasibility of a carbon trading program for compliance

See the full bill here.

NYSERDA’s REV Connect Wins Utility Dive’s 2018 Project of the Year Award!

On December 3, 2018 Utility Dive announced REV Connect as their 2018 Project of the Year Winner, stating: “The program represents a holistic way for utilities to approach problem-solving outside of the rigid formalities of an RFP process. New York’s undertaking prompted other states to follow suit with their own efforts.”

Highlights

Goal:

To help utilities source solutions without the rigid formalities of a request for proposal (RFP) process.

Progress:

Opened at least 16 major proceedings since launching in 2014.

Outlook:

The project’s energy storage Innovation Sprint is expected in the second half of 2019.

“Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York’s REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.”

REV Connect has been running for about a year now without an end-date, drawing 250 submissions that generated 150 connections between utilities and market participants. NYSERDA says there are currently 11 partnerships in development, and a couple others very close to that stage.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on TwitterFacebookYouTube, or Instagram.

NY Invests $40 Million in Solar Energy and Storage Projects

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in October 2018 that $40 million will be available in early November to support solar projects that integrate energy storage. This latest investment is aimed at helping the state reach its energy storage target of 1,500-megawatts by 2025.

“As we continue our aggressive pursuit of clean, renewable technologies, funding for projects like this will ensure New York remains at the forefront of the global fight against climate change,” Gov. Cuomo says. “The strategic pairing of energy storage and solar technologies moves us closer to building a clean energy economy that protects critical natural resources and benefits all New Yorkers.”

The State’s Reforming Energy Vision (REV) program has spurred the statewide solar market by 1,000 percent, improving energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers along with creating thousands of jobs. The program also aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and to reach 80 percent by 2050.

The announcement was made during the Alliance for Clean Energy – New York annual conference in Albany, New York. The funding will accelerate the deployment of at least 50 megawatts of energy storage and will boost the continuing growth of the state’s solar industry while reducing emissions. Such solar projects and additional energy storage, can increase the electric grid’s efficiency and reliability. The energy storage capability helps ensures that renewable energy can be shifted to times of highest customer usage, such as afternoon hours on summer days.

To inform New York communities about the benefits of adding energy storage to solar projects, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will conduct outreach and provide technical resources. This past June, In June, NYSERDA and the New York Department of Public Service developed the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap to identify policies, regulations, and initiatives needed to fulfill the 2025 energy storage target.

The state’s $1 billion investment in a self-sustaining solar industry in the state has already led to the creation of 85,327 solar projects with a capacity of 1,203.2 megawatts and an expected annual production of 1,395 gigawatts, enough to power about 200,000 homes and reducing emissions equal to 160,000 cars. New York is third highest state for solar installations to date.

NYC Green Leasing & Smart Submetering Webinar

High performance leases or green leases can reduce utility bills by up to $0.51 per sq. ft. and cut energy consumption by up to 22 percent, according to the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). Today’s smart submetering solutions enable landlords to maximize their building value with precise tenant billing that will reduce their operating expenses AND boost their bottom line.

On August 16th, 2018, The Institute for Market Transformation and CircuitMeter presented on how to identify, promote and implement strategies to align financial and NY energy incentives for landlords and tenants with high performance leasing and smart submetering solutions.

See the webinar below:

You can also download the presentation HERE

 

NYC 2030 District August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018 Newsletter

NYC Green Leasing & Smart Submetering Webinar: August 16th at 2:00 PM EDT

High performance leases or green leases can reduce utility bills by up to $0.51 per sq. ft. and cut energy consumption by up to 22 percent, according to the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). Today’s smart submetering solutions enable landlords to maximize their building value with precise tenant billing that will reduce their operating expenses AND boost their bottom line.

 

The Clinton Hill Co-Op Energy Assessment

NYC 2030 District member Clinton Hill is receiving a building energy assessment conducted by the District at no charge to help identify some of their best energy conservation measures (ECMs) and evaluate the current Con Edison incentives. We were also joined by two of our summer engineering interns, who gained some valuable real-world experience.

 

The NYC 2030 District Summer Reception Recap

On June 27, 2018, the NYC 2030 District held its first annual Summer Reception at the top of the Fujitsu Airstage in Times Square. The event was attended by our service professionals, sponsors and building owner stakeholders, where we discussed our latest initiatives and future plans.

 

Did you miss our Advanced RTU Webinar?

On July 10th, 2018, The Department of Energy’s Advanced RTU Campaign and PaceControls presented on the trends and drivers of RTU efficiency for commercial buildings in New York City. We discovered what are the latest resources, tools, and technologies in replacing or retrofitting RTUs, plus making a compelling business case with the robust RTU incentives from Con Edison.

 

Save the Date: September 19th, 2018!

The NYC 2030 District will co-produce an event with AIANY COTE (Committee on the Environment) ASHRAE, Sallan Foundation and Urban Future Labs.

Working title:
The Climate for NYC Distributed Energy:
Urban scale Resilience and Sustainability

Wed. Sept. 19th  4:00 – 8:00 PM Center for Architecture

 

For more information on our organization please contact us at info@NYC2030.org

 

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energy efficiency education, outreach, and project aggregation.

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Clinton Hill Co-op Building Energy Assessment

Located in a convenient, thriving and ‘happening’ neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Clinton Hill Cooperative Apartments are a 12 building, 1,200 unit pet-friendly community in a lush park-like setting, featuring beautifully renovated co-ops, 24-hour security, live-in staff and laundry rooms.  Affordable prices provide buyers with an incomparable value, without the hassle of board approval.

NYC 2030 District member Clinton Hill is receiving a building energy assessment conducted by the District at no charge to help identify some of their best energy conservation measures (ECMs) and evaluate the current Con Edison incentives. We were also joined by two of our summer engineering interns, who gained some valuable real-world experience.

We spent a great deal of time in their boiler room which provides the buildings with steam heat and domestic hot water. The NYC 2030 team also looked at their control systems, steam traps, and their pressure readings.

The NYC 2030 crew will also evaluate their solar PV orientation, plus their combined heat and power( CHP) options, as there are roof stacks and exhaust codes being in the Clinton Hill Historic District.

If you’d like more information on the NYC 2030 District please email info@NYC2030.org