Solarizing NYC: Implementing Solar on City-Owned Buildings

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What does it take to install solar photovoltaics in NYC? What are some of the challenges that public and private institutions face in pursuing maximal system size and deployment?

Join an in-depth discussion with representatives from NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Department of Education, and NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Learn about legislation mandating the assessment of all city-owned buildings for solar readiness and the city's plan to install 100 MW of solar power on municipal buildings by 2025. Hear how NYC residents, small businesses and city agencies are benefiting from solar power and its incorporation into curricula.


8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 - 10:00 AM Presentation and Q&A
Erica Helson
Assistant Vice President of Smart & Sustainable Cities, NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

Erica Helson is currently Assistant Vice President of Smart & Sustainable Cities at the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC). She supports RISE : NYC, a Superstorm Sandy business recovery and resiliency program that helps New York City small businesses adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change through the use of innovative technologies, and other smart city initiatives. Prior to EDC, Erica was a New York State Solar Ombudsman at the City University of New York. In this role she led the Distributed Generation Hub, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to increase solar and energy storage deployment in NYC. Her prior professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy and disaster preparedness.

Hamid Lekic
Energy Project Engineer, Office of Clean Energy and Innovative Technology, Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS)

Hamid Lekic manages the implementation of solar photovoltaic and resilient solar projects on municipal buildings for the city’s mayoral agencies. DCAS’s Division of Energy Management (DEM) manages utility accounts for a portfolio of over 4,000 municipal buildings across the five boroughs that range from firehouses and schools to museums and libraries.

Meredith McDermott
Director of Sustainability, New York City Department of Education

Meredith McDermott's team is focused on integrating and advancing environmental programs across operations and education throughout over 1,800 schools. Prior to joining DOE in November 2015, Meredith implemented and led sustainability efforts for all Chicago Public Schools.

Chris Neidl
Director, Solar One

Chris Neidl is currently the senior project manager for the Solar + Battery Back-Up Pilot Program for Community Facilities, an initiative of the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and the non-profit Solar One that funds and manages the deployment of solar and battery storage applications in NYC communities that sustained significant damage during Superstorm Sandy and are vulnerable to similar events in the future.


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