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solar energy - the installation process

There are three organizations involved in the solar-energy installation process: Con Edison, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), and the New York Department of Buildings (DOB). Each organization plays a significant role in the process, and each organization has requirements that are important to understand.

The links below offer information including Con Edison’s role in the solar-energy installation process and information on the requirements of NYSERDA and the DOB:

    • Is solar energy right for you? Explore the feasibility of installing solar panels at your place of business or residence, and find out about the various money-saving incentives that are available to you.
    • Choose an installer Connect with a certified installer that will help you through each step of your plan to go solar.
    • Applying for interconnection with Con Edison The sun doesn’t shine all the time – find out about the requirements for connecting to the Con Edison system for backup.
    • Permits and inspection Parties outside Con Edison require important certifications and inspections in order to bring your new system online.

The following flow chart will help you understand the installation process associated with Con Edison, DOB and NYSERDA applications/inspections.

Please note that there are links within the flow chart that lead to additional resources.


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