IBM, CUNY Ventures Plan ‘Solar Energy Hub’ For New York City


IBM has partnered with CUNY Ventures, a City University of New York (CUNY) Economic Development Corporation entity, on a program designed to help New York City become a global leader in urban solar energy market analysis.

With IBM's help, CUNY Ventures plans to develop NYC into a solar energy hub that offers analysis of key solar market performance indicators, providing a model to other cities.

The goal of this effort is to nourish solar adoption by developing the capability to analyze and understand key solar market indicators that can make solar system development more cost-competitive. Using IBM's Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities as the backbone, this analytics-based approach will help New York City monitor and analyze solar production and capacity through a virtual control room that will provide a dashboard view of key indicators.

The collaboration is part of Solar Market Analytics, Roadmapping, and Tracking NY, a project supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy's Rooftop Solar Challenge.

With IBM's IOC software, CUNY Ventures will access and analyze data from the NYC Solar Portal, an inter-agency permitting and tracking solution developed by Procemx; data systems in solar empowerment zones; and the NYC Solar Map, putting in place a long-term solution designed to drive down the costs of solar deployment.Â

Initially, five state and city entities will utilize the solar market analytics: the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the NYC Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, Consolidated Edison, the NYC Department of Buildings and the New York City Economic Development Corp.

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