In November, 2014 David Sandbank joined New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to run New York State's $1 billion NY-Sun initiative and has overseen the largest year-over- year growth of solar in New York State. In addition, Sandbank led the design and launch of a comprehensive Community Solar program to reduce the over-all cost of solar in the State and enable access to solar for all New Yorkers along with Solarize, Affordable Solar and K-Solar. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Sandbank worked as a solar developer, helping a start-up grow into a $30 million company. Sandbank helped build a staff of more than 100 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.