Through the Clean Energy Program, DCAS works to expand distributed energy resources, including solar cells, across the City's portfolio of buildings. The City has established a goal of installing 100MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) on City-owned buildings by 2025. In 2016, DCAS assessed all City-owned buildings larger than 10,000 gross square feet for solar readiness and identified nearly 55MW of rooftop solar potential. DCAS also works with City agencies to broaden solar beyond rooftops, into other types of installations, such as solar parking lot canopies.
DCAS also incorporates educational and workforce development opportunities into its clean energy efforts. DCAS fund solar training for teachers in public schools in partnership with the not-for-profit organization Solar One, and offer solar training for City employees with a focus on operations and maintenance.
Download Solar 100: New York City's Municipal Solar Strategy Report (2018)
Watch on YouTube: The City of New York: Bringing Solar Power to Government Buildings
In April 2019, the New York City Council passed Local Law 92 (LL92) and Local Law 94 (LL94). These laws require all buildings undergoing roof decking replacement and any newly constructed buildings to have a sustainable roofing zone—a solar photovoltaic system, a green roof, or a combination of both.
As of April 2018, DCAS has installed 10.7 MW of solar PV panels across 67 buildings, fulfilling 10% of the City's goal to install 100 MW of solar by 2025. This represents a ten-fold increase in installed solar capacity on City-owned buildings since 2014, when there was less than one MW installed.
DCAS selects City buildings for solar installations in close coordination with our agency partners. In general, we prioritize City buildings that are 10,000 gross square feet or larger, have roofs no more than 10 years old, and that are in a state of good repair. Working closely with our agency energy partners, we identify facilities across our entire portfolio based on these criteria and install solar PV projects with an approved pre-qualified contractors list (PQL). The PQL is updated semi-annually.
The following map shows the locations of current solar installations. Visit the borough links near the bottom of this page to go to an accessible version of the list of solar installations in each borough.