What is a solar-ready requirement?
All section(s) of the roof or building overhang designated and reserved for the future installation of a solar photovoltaic or solar thermal system are classified as areas for solar-ready.
What type of buildings require a solar-ready zone
Solar-Ready Zone is Required for all Residential Job Applications filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB) for permitting with Conditions as follows:
– New detached one- and two-family dwellings, and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses), and
– Area of the roof oriented between 110° and 270° of true north ≥ 600sf, and
– The building is shaded ≤ 50% of daylight hours/yr., and
– New residential building without a permanently installed on-site renewable energy system
Essential Requirements for solar-ready
When Solar-Ready Zone is required, drawings must specify:
– Minimum Solar-Ready Zone area: 1) 100 square feet for townhouses ≤ 2,000 square feet of max. 3-stories above grade plane; 2) 200 square feet for all others.
– The Solar-Ready Zone may be composed of multiple areas of min. 5 ft. in width and min. 80 square feet in area and these areas must be exclusive of access or set back areas as required by the New York City Fire Code.
– The main electrical service panel has a reserved space to allow installation of a dual pole circuit breaker for future solar electric installation and is labeled For Future Solar Electric.