NY-Sun Solar PV Competitive Program

April 24, 2015


Note: The deadline for submitting proposal for the program expired on August 29, 2013. NYSERDA is no longer accepting additional proposals at this time.

NY-Sun Solar PV Competitive Program is a part of the New York State Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer- Sited Tier program. The program is designed to encourage development of PV and Renewable Bio-gas electric generation facilities through competitively awarding of contracts for electric generation of size greater than 200 kW.

Program Description

Applicants must submit a bid to NYSERDA as a $/kWh incentive request. The proposals will be ranked in order of incentive bid and the awards will be granted from lowest to highest of the bid amount. The award will include two up-front payments and three performance payments. Up-front payment is calculated by multiplying the bid amount times the amount of KWh the project is expected to produce over 3 years. Capacity factor of 11% for PV and 75% for Renewable Biogas will be used in this calculation. Performance payment is calculated based on the amount of actual kWh produced by the site during each 3 year of its operation.  Additional incentive of factor 1.15 will be added to the performance incentive if the site is project is located in identified Strategic Location. The amount of incentive is capped to $3 million per project site and $6 million per applicant. Under Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2589, $106 million is available for the year 2013.



The eligibility for project installation is specific to different geographical regions called “load zones”. Customer-sited PV program incentive is available in load zones A through J, and Renewable Biogas fueled electric generation projects in load zones G through J. The amount of funding available for each of the load zone is specified on a per calendar basis. Projects funded through System Benefit Charge (SBC) funding and systems installed prior to the issuance of contract are not eligible for funding.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: New York
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Web Site: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Funding-Opportunities/Closed-Funding-Opportunities/PON-2589-New-York-Sun-Competitive-PV-Program.aspx
Administrator: NYSERDA
Start Date: 2011
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Anaerobic Digestion
Incentive Amount: Depends on the bid amount
Maximum Incentive: $6 million per applicant
$3 million per project site
Additional 15% bonus incentive for facilities located in Strategic Locations
Terms: Incentive payments last up to 3 years
Eligible System Size: Minimum: 200 kW
Maximum: Must be sized to produce no more than 110% of historic or calculated on-site energy use
Equipment Requirements: PV modules must meet IEEE and UL 1703 standards,
Inverters must be listed on the NY PSC certified equipment listing
Installation Requirements: PV systems should be installed in NYISO load zones A through J and Biogas facilities must be located in load zones G through J.
System must be grid connected and installed behind the electricity meter of a single customer.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: NYSERDA


Name: Pete Savio
Albany NY
Phone: (518) 862-1090
Email: peter.savio@nyserda.ny.gov

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.