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CUNY's Solar Map: Fuel for a Sunny City

December 5, 2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am - Hosted by Thornton Tomasetti


Last summer the NYC Solar America City Partnership, comprised of The City University of New York, the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, tackled the age-old question of how to harness the power of the sun by launching the world’s largest LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)-based solar map. 

The NYC Solar Map is an interactive online tool that allows users to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in New York City’s five boroughs by inputting the building address. The map is hosted by CUNY and highlights existing solar installations, displays real-time solar energy production, and shows the costs, incentives, and payback period for investing in solar.  By analyzing the solar potential of every building in the five boroughs, experts have calculated that the total useable roof area for solar PV installations is approximately 615 million square feet.  This area could yield a solar potential of 5,800 MW at peak output or over 40 percent of the City’s electrical demand at peak times.

During the program, speakers will discuss the early stages of the Solar Map and how it has developed since its launch last summer.  Through case studies, they will guide the audience through the successes and failures of previous PV installations and review the cost, incentives and payback of installing solar.


Alison Kling, NYC Solar Coordinator, CUNY

Alison Kling has served as the New York City Solar Coordinator at CUNY since 2009. She leads the day-to-day implementation of the NYC Solar America City Partnership initiatives, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and NYSERDA. Before joining CUNY, she was an Assistant VP in the Energy Policy Department at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU and a BA from Middlebury College.

Anthony Pereira, President & CEO, altPOWER, Inc.

Anthony Pereira has more than a decade of experience in leadership, building renewable energy projects throughout the New York Metropolitan area with some of the leading architectural, engineering and construction management firms in the world.  In 1998, Anthony founded altPOWER, Inc., a renewable energy design and construction firm based in Manhattan with a primary focus on solar electric systems.  Within the past 10 years he has built altPOWER into one of the most successful and well respected renewable energy businesses in the Northeast.



GBCI CE Hours (LEED CMP Credits) - Approved for 1.0 CE hour
AIA/CES Credits - Approved for 1.0 HSW/SD/LU hour

Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting this event.

If you're interested in volunteering for this event, please send us an email at volunteers@urbangreencouncil.org.

This is one of several monthly programs developed by our volunteer Monthly Programs Committee.


Urban Green Council Member: $10
Non-member: $15
Leadership Level Member ($250+ annually): Free Admission
Sponsor Member: Free Admission