A. NY-Sun is an initiative announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to increase solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in New York State. The goals of the NY-Sun Initiative are to install in 2012 twice the customer-sited PV capacity that was added during 2011 and to quadruple that amount in 2013 through expanded competitive and open enrollment opportunities. This is to be accomplished while continuing to establish New York’s technology leadership in this emerging market and keeping an eye on costs to protect the rate payer.
Q. What is NY-Sun?
Q. How much solar capacity will New York State have because of NY-Sun?
A. Approximately 30 megawatts (MW) of customer-sited solar capacity were added in New York State during 2011. Based on NY-Sun goals, NY-Sun requires that 60 MW be added in 2012, and 120 MW be added in 2013.
Q. How is New York State going to accomplish these goals?
A. The state is (1) expanding existing PV incentive programs and (2) investing in research to find ways to decrease the cost of PV systems by reducing “balance-of-system costs,” which include costs of installation and PV components other than the solar module.
Q. What is meant by Balance-of-System?
A. Balance-of-System refers to technology advancement and system cost-reduction programs to reduce PV costs in New York, including installation and all non-module costs.
Q. How much additional PV funding has been approved for NYSERDA, and how much in total PV funding will NYSERDA have as a result?
A. In 2011, NYSERDA had $54 million annually for PV incentives - $24 million for its open enrollment program for smaller and medium-scale PV systems, and up to $30 million for its competitively bid performance-based program for larger-scale PV systems. In 2012, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) doubled this funding to $108 million per year. Through 2015, NYSERDA’s PV programs will have a total of $432 million available for incentives.
Q. What will be the split between upstate and downstate in the program for the larger scale NYSERDA competitive bidding program going forward?
A. See the chart below for funding in different NYISO zones. A-F are upstate, G and H are Hudson Valley, I and J are New York City and Yonkers.
*Totals may not sum exactly due to rounding
|Zone Group||2011||2012||2013||2014 (est.)||2015 (est.)||Total 2012 - 2015* (est.)|
|A - F||-||$18.2 M||$20.3 M||$20.3 M||$20.3 M||$79.0 M|
|G & H||$5 M||$8.0 M||$8.4 M||$8.4 M||$8.4 M||$33.2 M|
|I & J||$25 M||$40.2 M||$41.9 M||$41.9 M||$41.9 M||$165.8 M|
|Total||$30 M||$66.4 M||$70.5 M||$70.5 M||$70.5 M||$277.9 M|
Q. How can I participate in NY-Sun Competitive PV Program?
A. Program Opportunity Notice (PON) for the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program is available on NYSERDA's web site, http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Current-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2589-New-York-Sun-Competitive-PV-Program.aspx.
Q. What is included in balance-of-system (BOS) costs?
A. Balance-of-system includes installation and all components of a solar energy system other than the modules (solar panels). Under NY-Sun, NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will collaborate and work with private and public partners across the State to build on balance-of-system advances made by universities across the State. This initiative is expected to include standardization and streamlining of procedural requirements for permitting of solar and interconnections to the grid; development of educational and training programs for local government planners, code officials and others; research to develop innovative, cost-saving PV equipment such as mounting racks, power inverters, monitoring devices and other system components; and demonstration projects to validate performance, system integration strategies, cost reductions and safety
Q. How much funding is there for balance-of-system (BOS) projects and what is the time frame for completion?
A. Between NYSERDA and NYPA, there is currently at least $50 million allocated for balance-of-system activities through 2016.
Q. How is NYPA involved in NY-Sun?
A. NYPA and NYSERDA are working together to advance technology and reduce the balance-of-system PV costs (BOS) in New York, including installation and all non-module costs. This is part of NYPA’s Solar Market Acceleration Program (Solar MAP). The program will provide funding for the NYPA-NYSERDA collaborative (NY-Sun BOS) and for additional solar research and demonstration projects aimed at reducing solar costs and for improving solar integration with the electricity grid.
Q. How is LIPA involved in NY-Sun?
A. LIPA is expanding its solar deployment programs—both its open enrollment program for small- to medium-scale systems funding, which provides $27 million annually (subject to annual LIPA Board approval), and its Clean Solar Initiative (CSI) Feed-In Tariff (FIT) for medium- to large-scale systems
Q. What is the CLEAN Solar Initiative (CSI) Feed-In Tariff (FIT)?
A. The CSI is New York State’s first feed-in tariff program. Also called a “standard offer,” the feed-in tariff program is a performance-based incentive to help grow mid-to-large solar installations. Through June 20, 2014, LIPA will purchase up to 50 MW of solar generation produced on its customers' premises. Through a Power Purchase Agreement, LIPA will pay the customer a fixed rate for every solar kilowatt hour generated over a 20-year term. The CSI builds off the success of LIPA's Solar Pioneer and Entrepreneur Program and its first 50 MW utility-scale project, which was achieved through the issuance of a Request for Proposal.
Q. What is a feed-in tariff program?
A. Also called a "standard offer," the feed-in tariff program is a performance-based incentive to help grow mid-to-large solar installations.
Q. How much funding will LIPA now have for its open enrollment program for small- to medium-size solar installations?
A. $27 million annually (subject to annual LIPA Board approval).
Q. Are there any other changes to expect from LIPA solar programs?
A. LIPA continues to work with local municipalities to streamline and standardize permitting for installations of residential solar electric and solar hot water systems across Long Island.