NYSERDA is the regularly funded public benefit corporation that achieves its goals by working with stakeholders throughout New York including residents, business owners, developers, community leaders, local government officials, university researchers, utility representatives, investors, and entrepreneurs. It is governed by a 13 member board, and has a clearly stated mission – “To advance innovative energy solutions in ways that improve New York’s economy and environment.” It is the primary body responsible for budgets, programs planning, and managing policies and procedures.
NY-Sun is an individual program. It was established by the governor with specific goals that support solar projects for commercial and industrial companies, homes, multifamily buildings, small commercial, not-for-profit and municipal buildings. Through nearly $1 billion in funding, the program has a target of stimulating 3 GW of installed solar power capacity by 2023. It will not only focus on the traditional residential and commercial opportunities, but also low to moderate income residents, renters, and others who are not suited for rooftop solar energy systems.