State & Stakeholder Newsletter, October 2, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Volume #7, Issue #20

Editor: Jane Pulaski


The IREC State & Stakeholder Newsletter tracks a range of market-oriented news, services and outreach tools valuable to the renewable energy community. This free newsletter is distributed semi-monthly to email subscribers and published on IREC’s website. If you have comments or if you would like to submit a news item, email Jane Pulaski.

NOTE: the next issue of this newsletter will be Wednesday, October 22 instead of October 15th. We’ll be in San Diego at Solar Power International 2008 from October 12-17. Hope to see you there. ed

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In this Issue…

–State/Local Headlines (IREC States, SAI cities, Interconnection/Net Metering)

–Interview of the Week: Dr. Barbara Martin on Renewable Energy Instructional Development

–Current and Best Practices: Taking the Red Tape Out of Green Power:

–irecusa.org Extra: Solar America City of Berkeley Announces Berkeley FIRST: Financing Initiative for Renewable Solar Technology

–Grants/RFPs

–FYI

–Events

About this Newsletter/How to Subscribe


State/Local News

1) ALASKA– Alaska Energy Authority Solicits Proposals Under New Renewable Energy Grant Program

This new state grant program offers funding to utilities, independent power producers, local governments and tribal governments for renewable energy feasibility studies and work related to project design and construction. The application deadlines is October 8, 2008, for the first round of funding and November 10, 2008, for the second round (view DSIRE record).

2) ARIZONA– APS Unveils Loan Program for PV, SHW

Arizona Public Service has partnered with the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) and participating contractors to help facilitate unsecured financing through the GEOSmart Sustainable Financing Solutions program. Through this program, APS customers may receive a loan of up to $50,000, with interest rates ranging from 7.99% to 12.99%, for a PV systems or solar water heaters. The loans may be combined with the APS Renewable Incentive Program, a rebate program that supports customer-sited renewables (view DSIRE record).

3) CALIFORNIA– Palm Desert Adopts New PV Financing Model

The city of Palm Desert has adopted a new program to provide loans to property owners for PV systems, solar water heaters and efficiency improvements. These loans, which carry a 7% interest rate, are repaid over time through increased property taxes. The energy savings are projected to pay for the increase in property taxes in many cases (view DSIRE record).

(4) COLORADO–Expanded Solar Rebate Program

The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) announced the expansion of its existing Solar Rebate Program, which will promote solar energy installations and the solar industry in Colorado. The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA) has been selected by the GEO to administer and market the program.

5) CONNECTICUT– CCEF, Private Partners Offer PV Lease Option

CT Solar Lease allows homeowners to lease a PV system, with fixed monthly payments, for a term of 15 years. This program, which combines the benefits of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund’s (CCEF) Solar Rebate Program and federal tax credits for solar energy, is available to owners of one- to four-family homes with a household income not greater than 150% of the area’s median income (view DSIRE record).

(6) LOUISIANA–South Coast Solar to Install PV on Homes in 9th Ward

The Make It Right Initiative, founded by Brad Pitt, picked South Coast Solar, a New Orleans based solar installation company to install solar on the first six homes being built in the Lower 9th Ward. The Make It Right Foundation was initiated after

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and especially the Lower 9th Ward.


Interview of the Week: Dr. Barbara Martin on Renewable Energy Instructional Development

Mention renewable energy instructional design or educational technology in any circle and it’s likely Dr. Barbara Martin’s name will be mentioned frequently. Barbara’s taught courses in instructional design, instructional theory, research in educational technology, and change strategies. As education and training in the renewable energy industries has evolved, Barbara has been an essential player and knowledgeable voice in the process. She’s a good friend of IREC, and always a joy to work with. We caught up recently to talk about her work. Read our conversation.


Current and Best Practices: Taking the Red Tape Out of Green Power

The Network for New Energy Choices (NNEC) held a press conference on September 22nd and released Taking the Red Tape Out of Green Power: How to Overcome Permitting Obstacles to Small-Scale Distributed Renewable Energy, a report that provides seven sets of recommendations for overcoming hurdles to widespread deployment of distributed renewable energy, focusing on the most common technologies – solar photovoltaics (PV) and small wind turbines. IREC endorsed this report. More


irecusa.org Extra: Solar America City of Berkeley Announces Berkeley FIRST: Financing Initiative for Renewable Solar Technology

Late last month, the Berkeley City Council approved the Berkeley FIRST Solar Financing Program. The City of Berkeley is a DOE Solar America City. Through its Solar America Cities partnership, Berkeley’s goal is to increase the market share of solar energy technologies in its municipality. More


Grants/RFPs

(7) Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance “Solar America Showcases” Reopened

The “Solar America Showcases” program, designed to expedite large-scale installation projects that involve novel solar technologies or novel applications of solar technologies, and that have high visibility and replicability, provides technical assistance—not direct funding—via teams of DOE-funded solar experts from national laboratories. Access the Notice of Opportunity. Due date for applications is October 9, 2008.

(8) SMUD Releases 2008 Renewable Energy RFO

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) released a Request for Offers (RFO) of renewable energy for power purchase agreements (PPA) and/or ownership options. Prebid conference was September 11, 2008, and proposals are due October 21, 2008. Interested parties can download the RFO documents from SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System (EBSS) Web site. Registration to the EBSS site is required to access the documents.

(9) Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) Issues Renewable RFP

TMLP municipal electric utility located in Taunton, Massachusetts, has issued an RFP for renewable electric power resources through Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) which offer an ownership option, or through TMLP’s standard PPAs. TMLP is seeking proposals for up to 260,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year of energy and dependable capacity starting in 2009. The renewable resources must be sustainable over the long term. TMLP’s renewable portfolio goal may reach 600,000 MWh per year by 2030. The minimum size for non-hydroelectric projects in response to this solicitation is 1 MW. A pre-proposal conference was held on August 14, 2008. Questions were due August 28, 2008. All proposals are due December 1, 2008.

(10) PPL Electric Utilities Issues RFP for Environmental Education Grants

PPL requests proposals for Project Earth Environmental Education Grants. This program supports renewable energy and energy conservation projects that encourage action in schools located near PPL facilities (PA, CT, IL, ME, NJ, NY). Award range $500 to $5K. Responses due 10/15/08.

(11) CPS Energy Seeks Solar Energy Supplier

CPS Energy has issued a Solar 2008 Request for Proposal (RFP) for solar generated energy to be supplied to the CPS Energy system under a long-term arrangement. CPS Energy is soliciting up to 100 MW of solar energy to be available no later than December 31, 2010. Proposals should be marked “Proposal for Solar Energy Supply.” Responses due 10/31/08, 5 p.m. CST. Email for more information, or visit the website.

(12) USDOE Issues RFP for Federal Loan Guarantees for EE, RE and T&D Technologoies

The US DOE requests proposals for Federal Loan Guarantees for Projects that Employ Innovative Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Advanced Transmission and Distribution Technologies. DOE seeks projects related to biomass, geothermal, solar, wind energy, hydropower, alternative fuel vehicles, energy efficiency, energy efficient building technologies and efficient electricity transmission, distribution, and storage. DOE intends to issue loan guarantees for stand-alone projects and projects related to manufacturing technologies and the large-scale integration of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage technologies into the electrical grid. $10 billion expected to be available. The guarantees can be issued for loans of up to 80% of total project cost. Applications due 12/31/08.

(13) Renewables RFPs

A number of new renewables RFPs are posted at DOE’s Green Power Network. Scroll down to sign up to receive RFP updates.

(14) NYSERDA Funding Opportunities

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has several Program Opportunity Notices (PONs) on the street. To see full details on any of these solicitations, visit the NYSERDA website and scroll through the listings to find them:

  • PON 1050: Solar Electric Incentive Program provides cash incentives for the installation of new Solar Electric or Photovoltaic (PV) systems by Eligible Installers. For information, contact NYSERDA at 866.NYSERDA or by email.

    Expiration: 12/31/09

  • PON 1060, New York Energy Smart Loan Fundsm invites financial institutions to participate in and customers to apply for low interest financing for energy efficient improvements, new construction, and renewable technology projects. For information, contact NYSERDA at 866.NYSERDA or by email.

    Expiration: 7/31/09

  • PON 1098,Wind Incentives for Eligible Installers is a first-come, first-served Financial Incentives for small wind systems that offset customers’ electric usage (end-use). For information, contact NYSERDA at 866.NYSERDA or by email. Expires 12/31/09 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.
  • PON 1176: Renewable, Clean Energy, and Energy Efficiency Product Manufacturing Incentive Program offers $10M to expand the level of manufacturing of renewable, clean, and energy-efficient products in New York State. Proposals will be accepted through June 30, 2011 by 5:00pm (ET) or until funds run out, whichever is first. Proposals will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis as they are received. Contact Jennifer Harvey at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3264 or jlh@nyserda.org.
  • PON 1200: Environmentally Preferred Power Systems & Energy Storage Technologies offers $12M for two rounds and four categories. Deadline for Round 1, proposals has expired; for Round 2, proposals are due January 14, 2009, 5 p.m. EST.
  • PON 1216: Proposals for Early Stage Support for Developers of Renewable and Clean Energy Technologies to create sustainable support networks and infrastructure for early stage renewable and clean energy technology companies and entrepreneurs and provide them with critical opportunities to facilitate partnerships and develop or market products. $5.77 million expected to be available, individual awards NTE $1.5 million. Responses due 10/1/08.

EVENTS Calendar

(21) Oct 5-8 Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, Reno, NV
(22) Oct 8-9 Green California Community College Summit, Pasadena, CA
(23) Oct 13 IREC Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
(24) Oct 13-16 Solar Power International 2008, San Diego, CA
(25) Oct 14 Colorado’s New Energy Economy: The Path Forward, Denver, CO
(26) Oct 14-15 Renewable Energy Vermont’s 7th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Burlington, VT
(27) Oct 15 NABCEP Board Meeting, San Diego, CA
(28) Oct 15 Renewable Energy Vermont 7th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Burlington, VT
(29) Oct 17 Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for NABCEP-Certified and NYSERDA Eligible Installers
(30) Oct 17 2008 New Jersey Clean Energy Conference and Leadership Awards, Jersey City, NJ
(31) Oct 23 2008 Solar Decade Conference, Milwaukee, WI
(32) Oct 26-29 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference, Denver
(33) Oct 31 Harvesting the Sun: Community Solar Seminar, Ellensburg, WA
(34) Nov 6 Growing an Energy Cluster, Idaho Falls, ID
(35) Nov 9-11 Texas Renewables, Austin, TX

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