Sustainable CUNY has published a roadmap through which they believe it is possible for New York City to reach its energy storage targets, utilizing resilient solar technology. Resilient solar differs from traditional solar in that it can function during normal grid operations, but also when the electric grid is down. The model has been fitted to NYC, but is applicable to the rest of the New York market for solar technology, which is what the roadmap utilizes to reach their targets.
NYSolar Smart DH Hub began their roadmap by first identifying roadblocks to the implementation of this solar system. The first is the fact that there is no incentive for resilient solar to provide grid services. The New York Independent System Operator’s program prevents distributed generators from being compensated for participating on the grid. There is also risk of policy changes – the incentives for solar in NYC are high, but no such incentives yet exist for storage. Moreover, facility managers and other possible beneficiaries are unaware that resilient solar is even a suitable replacement of diesel generators, nor that the cost of these facilities are sharply declining, becoming much more affordable.
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