NY State Requirements for Commercial and Utility-Scale Solar Projects
Large-scale solar projects are subject to specific environmental regulations and grid interconnection requirements, due to their impact.
- Although solar panels produce no emissions while operating, a large array can cover extensions of land that could be used for agriculture or other purposes.
- Large solar arrays also result in significant power generation peaks around noon, and their impact on the local grid must be analyzed before approval - this is especially important for megawatt-scale projects.
NY Engineers can help solar developers meet all local requirements with ease, but getting familiarized with them is helpful nevertheless. The following are the main requirements to keep in mind before starting a commercial or utility-scale solar PV project in New York state:
- New York City DOB Construction Codes
- New York State Uniform Codes (project located in other NY state jurisdictions)
- New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), for solar projects covering more than 10 acres, or more than 2.5 acres in agricultural districts The SEQR is not required for rooftop solar projects.
- Standard Interconnection Requirements
- Utility-specific requirements: Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Consolidated Edison, National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG), Orange & Rockland Utilities, PSEG Long Island, Rochester Gas & Electric
- Coordinated Electric System Interconnection Review (CESIR), generally required for projects larger than 50 kW.
These are general requirements for large solar projects in New York, but additional requirements may apply depending on the specific jurisdiction and site conditions. NY Engineers can help you meet any combination of code,environmental and utility requirements.