Solar Panels, Commercial Solar, Industrial Solar, YSG Solar
March 25, 2020

The NY-Sun solar initiative offers incentives for commercial & industrial projects—provided you are working with a participating New York solar contractor. YSG Solar is one of the New York solar installers featuring prominently and you can read the full list of participating New York contractors by clicking this link. The list, courtesy of NYSERDA, even lets you filter contractors by counties served so you can find the best New York solar contractor for your area.


Once you’ve found your solar contractor and decided that you want to pursue a C&I solar project, your solar company will be with you every step of the way. YSG Solar will take care of:


  • Site Inspection: YSG Solar will carry out a site assessment to determine the ideal project for your needs, working out details like system size and location.

  • Incentives & Financing: YSG Solar will assist with all required paperwork for the NY-Sun incentive, as well as helping to determine the best financing options for your project.

  • Paperwork: YSG Solar will submit any required NYSERDA paperwork on your behalf.

  • Interconnection: In addition, YSG Solar will assist with the submission of interconnection paperwork to your local utility.

Benefits of Commercial Solar

The benefits of commercial solar projects are, in many ways, similar to the benefits associated with a conventional residential rooftop solar installation. However, there are also some unique benefits for businesses going solar.


  • Savings: A solar system is a simple, cost-efficient way to offset your utility bill and, as a result, lower your overall business costs. In addition to offsetting your electric bill, your project may qualify for certain federal & local tax credits.

  • Branding: In an increasingly eco-conscious society, a commitment to solar energy could boost your brand in the eyes of both employees and the general public. An environmentally conscious, sustainable business could help retain employees, attract new employees, and bring in some new customers too.

  • Environmental: New York has some of the most ambitious climate targets in the entire United States and, by going solar, your business can commit to achieving a cleaner, healthier future for all. A reduced carbon footprint leads to a better New York for all its citizens.

What Solar Projects Fall Under the Commercial & Industrial Umbrella?

As you might expect, C&I solar projects are large installations, much bigger than the traditional rooftop solar installations you might associate with solar power. A commercial solar system, depending on the specific project and the requirements of the business, could be several megawatts in size. Not only are commercial solar projects considerably larger in scale, but the actual solar panels used are also bigger than their residential solar counterparts. 


  • Residential Solar Panels: Typically, a residential solar panel is made up of 60 or 72 solar cells.

  • Commercial Solar Panels: A commercial solar panel, on the other hand, is usually made up of 96 solar cells.


Other factors differentiating commercial/industrial solar projects from residential installations include:


  • Location: C&I solar systems are generally installed on large surface areas, like factory rooftops or parking lots, in a ground-mounted fashion.

  • Racking: C&I solar systems often use complex racking for panel tilt and elevation, sometimes even with tracking systems allowing the panels to change direction in order to receive more direct sunlight.

Commercial & Industrial Solar Incentives

Commercial & industrial solar incentives are available in several states including the following. Click the state names for further details of available incentives in each.


If you’re interested in a commercial/industrial solar project, contact YSG Solar today. YSG has been developing large-scale solar projects across the United States for years and is hugely experienced in the renewable energy sector. Send us an email, or call at 212.389.9215 to get started, or learn some more.

By Shane Croghan