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2024 NYC Solar + Storage Summit

Thursday, June 27, 2024

John Jay College Gerald W. Lynch Theater

524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019 

All Decarbonization Pathways Run through NYC

Join Sustainable CUNY, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA), and hundreds of clean energy professionals from the public and private sectors for a full day conference focusing on the policies, programs and solutions needed for NYC’s rapid and equitable decarbonization. 

As NYC reduces its reliance on fossil fuels, electricity consumption will rise dramatically. Scaling up distributed solar + storage deployment will be key to ensuring that this transition is affordable, and also presents a once-in-a-generation economic opportunity for New York’s workers, entrepreneurs, andbusinesses. 

Reducing New York reliance on fossil fuels while incorporating building electrification, large-scale renewables, transmission, distributed solar, and energy storage will take strategic collaboration. The pathway to decarbonization runs directly through New York City. 

The 2024 NYC Solar + Storage Summit convenes the policymakers, business leaders and practitioners to chart this path and drive near-term progress toward the City and State’s ambitious clean energy goals.

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2023 NYC Solar + Storage Summit

Mayor Eric Adams Addresses Solar Stakeholders at Sustainable CUNY's 14th Summit

Mayor Adams Summit2023 CUNY Leaders w/Mayor Adams
NYC Mayor Eric Adams
 CUNY Executive VC & COO Hector Batista, John Jay President Karol V. Mason, Mayor Eric Adams,
CUNY VC for FPCM Dr. Mohamed Attalla, CUNY Univ Exec. Dir Tria Case, Esq.

New York City continues to play a pivotal role in scaling up solar and energy storage deployment locally and across the nation as evidenced by the record-breaking attendance at the 14th NYC Solar + Storage Summit on June 20th, 2023.  

Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York initiated the Summit in 2007 and co-hosted the event this year with the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA). Mayor Eric Adams echoed the theme for the day long summit, telling the crowd at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater that prioritizing energy equity, technology innovation and government investment were the three main pillars to unlocking more solar plus storage deployments across the densely populated city region.  The Mayor emphasized the importance of solar systems paired with distributed storage resources for resiliency measures.  

Attendees included over 600 solar professionals from public and private sectors, CUNY students, city finance and real estate leaders, and not for profit organizations. 


​NYC Solar + Storage Summit Opens

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tria Case, Esq. University Executive Director, Office of Sustainability & Energy Conservation, Sustainable CUNY, the City University of New York
Mohamed Attalla, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, City University of New York (CUNY)
Dan Montante, NYSEIA Board President
Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
NYC's Clean Energy Transformation

The morning conversation gave insights into how NYSERDA and Con Edison are approaching the ambitious project of decarbonizing America’s largest City. The discussion focused on how New York is advancing parallel efforts to reduce building emissions, electrify our buildings, prepare our grid for large-scale renewables and scale up local solar + storage deployment.

Tria Case, Sustainable CUNY (Moderator)
Anthony Fiore, Chief Program Officer, NYSERDA
Matthew Ketschke, President, Con Edison
 City Leadership to Accelerate Solar + Storage 

Leaders at the NYC Mayor’s office and key City agencies focused on NYC’s local laws, pending zoning/permitting improvements, and other initiatives designed to accelerate solar and storage deployment that can help ambitious climate and clean energy goals in the complex-built NYC environment.​

Emily Sweeney, Solar Ombudsman, CUNY (moderator)
Julia Casagrande, Deputy Director, Clean Energy, NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice
Gus Sirakis, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings
Julian Bazel, Counsel, Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
Steven Caputo, Assistant Commissioner, DCAS Division of Energy Management
Industry Innovation to Scale up Solar in the City 

With nearly 40,000 installations on NYC buildings to-date, this panel featured leaders from real estate and the solar industry who are scaling up solar in the City.

Luke Forster, Senior Business Analyst, DER, NYSERDA (presentation) 
Noah Ginsburg, Executive Director, NYSEIA (moderator)
Laura Humphrey, Director of Sustainability, L+M Development Partners
T.R. Ludwig, Founder and CEO, Brooklyn SolarWorks
Lincoln Xia, CEO, Accord Power
Noam Bar-Zemer, Northeast Policy and Strategy Manager, SunPower
 Distributed Conversations 

Facilitated Lunch conversations brought stakeholders and decision-makers together to discuss important issues related to solar and energy storage; identify the key challenges in those areas; and propose solutions to address those challenges. 

Afternoon Keynote 

The major role the EPA plays in our clean energy transition was highlighted, including regulating fossil fuel emissions and deploying the $27B Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, with the $7B earmarked for solar.

 Lisa Garcia, EPA Region 2 Administrator
Special Guest

City of YES Zoning for Carbon Neutrality

NYC Mayor Eric Adams
Financing Solutions to Accelerate Solar + Storage

This dynamic panel discussed how leading public, private and nonprofit clean energy financiers are harnessing opportunities such as the expanded federal tax incentives, the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and the Inflation Reduction Act to accelerate solar + storage deployment in NYC and across the nation.

Louise Yeung, Chief Climate Officer, NYC Comptroller (moderator)
Gregory Randolph, Managing Director, New York Green Bank
Winston Chen, Director, Capital Markets, CleanCapital
Jay Merves, Director, Business Development, NYCEEC
Adam Gilbert, Head of Sales, Greentech Finance Solutions
Expanding Access: Workforce, Housing and Community Solar

This panel focused on how leaders in affordable housing, community solar and workforce development are harnessing the Climate Leadership and Communities Protection Act, NYSERDA funding, and bonus tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act to bring the benefits of solar and storage to New York City’s low-income communities.

Gaspar Caro, CUNY (moderator)
Anika Wistar-Jones, Director, Here Comes Solar, Solar One
Jason Kaplan, COO and General Counsel, PowerMarket
Charles Callaway, Director of Workforce Development and Founder, WE ACT for Environmental Justice / SUN
Siobhan Watson, Deputy Director, Sustainability Programs, NYCHA
NYC Storage: Mission Possible 

Public and private industry leaders outlined how the City and State are providing incentives and working together to reform permitting and zoning to catalyze more in-City storage deployment.

Daniella Leifer, DG Ombudsman, CUNY (moderator)
Jon Carbajal, Director of Product Development, NineDot Energy
Bill Oberkehr, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA
Nilus Klingel, Senior Planner, NYC Department of City Planning
Paul Rogers, Co-Founder and Principal, Energy Safety Response Group
Kelly Sarber, CEO, Strategic Management Group

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