Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
In 2014 David Sandbank joined NYSERDA to run Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative and has overseen the largest year-over-year growth of solar in New York State. David’s past experience as a solar developer brought real market experience and industry perspective to turn the program into a true public/ private partnership. Since David has joined the program he has brought about many changes focusing on programmatic efficiency, lowering costs for solar developers and making solar available for all New Yorkers. As a result, New York has risen in the ranks nationally with 2018 being the strongest year yet jumping from twelve to sixth in the nation for completed capacity, while building the largest pipeline in its history at a time when national solar trends were dipping. The solar success has created nearly 12,000 solar jobs (part and full time) which puts New York as 4th in the nation for solar jobs.
In addition to building solar capacity David has assured that the solar projects are built to code and operate safely by conceptualizing and launching the NYSERDA Quality Solar Installer Designation which is now being adopted across the authority for different technologies.
David has also played an integral role in working the Department of Public Service to transition away from net-metering to a tariff that provided more accurate price signals encouraging solar and DER’s to be designed/located where it helps alleviate future infrastructure grid investment.
Prior to joining NYSERDA, Sandbank worked as a solar developer, helping a start-up grow to more than one hundred employees and oversaw company operations, marketing, engineering and installation teams. In November 2013, Sandbank was elected vice-president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association to actively work with government agencies, policy makers and utility companies to help advance the solar industry in New York.
Wednesday, September 25
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM