Clean & Renewable Energy


DEM's Clean Energy Program is charged with developing a clean energy strategy for the City of New York to expand solar photovoltaics and other distributed energy resources across the City’s portfolio of municipal buildings. The Clean Energy Program was created in 2014 to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipal buildings as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce New York City’s 2005 carbon footprint 80 percent by 2050, as described in the One City: Built to Last plan. The program’s primary goal is to install 100 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) on City-owned buildings by 2025, as well as improve resiliency and energy reliability. 

To date, the City has installed 10 MW of solar on City-owned buildings, and will begin construction at 88 City facilities through a large-scale solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in 2018. These installations will total an estimated 15 MW, bringing the City’s total to 25 MW across 145 buildings. In addition, DEM released its Solar100 report in December 2016, identifying solar-ready roofs across the City’s building portfolio and outlining new and innovative strategies to reach more municipal facilities throughout the City. From the findings, DEM has targeted over 100 projects for initiation in 2018, including solar parking lot canopies and solar + storage technologies. Upon completion, the installations will bring the City’s total to approximately 40% of the 100MW goal.



Solar100 Report

Solar100: New York City's Municipal Solar Strategy

Current Solar Project Facts
Total Completed Projects 57
Total Capacity 10.34 MW
Estimated Annual Production 12,134,653 kWh
Estimated Annual Emissions Reduction (CO2e) 3,717 Metric Tons
Estimated NYC Residencies Powered Equivalence* 2,890
*Estimated using EPA Greenhouse
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