Exciting solar news, NYC! Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the City University of New York (CUNY) has been awarded $800,000 to support the design and implementation of the university’s resilient solar electric system plan, Smart DG Hub, which is designed to supply solar energy to the city during emergency situations.The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the grant money to fund CUNY’s project, “NYSolar Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub – Resilient Solar Project,” which is an infrastructure-based system that would deploy and monitor independent solar energy systems throughout the city in case of short- or long-term power outages.

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Thanks to the grant money, CUNY’s Smart DG Hub design, which was supported by the NY-Sun initiative as well as city funds, will be developed into a roadmap for the “integration and tracking of resilient solar systems that will conduct analysis for deploying resilient solar electric systems on designated critical infrastructure facilities and provide a calculator for public use” for New York City as well as state-wide.

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As part of Mayor de Blasio’s One City: Built to Last plan, and in collaboration with NYC Solar Partnership, the city allocated funds to CUNY to develop a feasible resiliency plan for NYC during periods of crisis such as Hurricane Sandy. The new funds granted by the DOE, along with additional funding from New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will provide almost $1.2 million in funding to further resources to implement the DG Hub’s resilient solar energy systems into the city’s infrastructure.

“We know that climate change is an existential threat to New York City and our planet—and we need to prepare for its risks, while reducing our contributions to its causes,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The Smart DG Hub is another big step toward a more sustainable, more resilient New York, supporting clean energy that can be used when we need it most. CUNY’s role is key as New York City sets the pace with our sweeping green buildings plan and commitment to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and we look forward to continuing to work with partners like the U.S. Department of Energy and the State.”

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