State & Stakeholder Newsletter September 17, 2008

Wednesday, September 7, 2008

Volume #7, Issue #19

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.

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In this Issue…

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

–Interview of the Week: Jane Weissman on Workforce Development: New Training Directory/Best Practices

–Current and Best Practices: IREC’s Newest Report: Renewable Energy Training: Best Practices and Recommended Guidelines

–irecusa.org Extra: National Solar Homes Tour October 4th: Find a city near you

–Grants/RFPs

–FYI

–Events

About this Newsletter/How to Subscribe


State/Local News

(1) FLORIDA – Cooperative Utility Voluntarily Offers Net Metering

Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) now voluntarily offers net metering for residential and commercial PV and wind-energy systems up to 10 kW in capacity. The co-op anticipates increasing the individual system size limits to be increased in 2009, according to CHELCO representatives (view DSIRE record).

(2) GEORGIA – Cooperative Utility Offers $400 Rebates for Solar Water Heaters

Walton EMC, an electric cooperative, offers customers a $400 rebate on the purchase of a qualifying solar water heating system (view DSIRE record).

(3) ILLINOIS – Solar Incentive Program Now Accepting Applications

This program, which expands upon the state’s previous solar thermal grant program, offers grants for solar-thermal systems, photovoltaic (PV) systems in buildings certified as LEED Silver or higher, and innovative PV systems with costs totaling at least $50,000. Grant amounts, which vary by project type, are limited to $250,000 (view DSIRE record).

(4) ILLINOIS – State Offers Grants for Renewable Energy Business Development

Grants of up to $1 million are available to support companies that expand the state’s renewable energy sector and supply chain while also bringing new business development into the state. Eligible expenditures include the development of business plans, engineering designs work, market and financial analyses, equipment purchases; and other qualified business expenses (view DSIRE record).

(5) MARYLAND–Frostburg State University Receives Federal Grant to Build Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF)

FSU received a $738K grant for a Sustainable Research Facility (SERF) which will serve as a renewable energy center for research, education and outreach programs on renewable energy applications developed by FSU faculty and their project partners.

(6) MASSACHUSETTS – Fresh Funding Available for Large, On-Site Renewables Approximately $3 million in funds is currently available under the Large Onsite Renewables Initiative (LORI), which provides two types of grants — Feasibility Study Grants, and Design & Construction Grants — to expand the production and use of distributed renewables (excluding PV) in the state. The application deadline for this round of funding is October 9, 2008 (view DSIRE record).

(7) MINNESOTA – Revolving Loan Program for Rural Wind Energy Activated

This new state program provides loans of up to $100,000 at a 1.5% interest rate for wind-energy feasibility and transmission interconnection studies for community-based energy developments (C-BEDs) [view DSIRE record].

(8) MISSOURI–RPS Initiative on November Ballot

The Judge of the Cole County Circuit Court ruled that a sufficient number of valid signatures were collected to enable the renewable energy initiative to appear on the November ballot (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/9/08).

(9) NEBRASKA – NPPD Offers Net Metering to Retail Customers

The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) now offers net metering to renewable-energy systems up to of 25 kW (kW) in capacity, with an aggregate program limit of 1% of the power district’s peak demand. Net excess generation is credited to the customer’s next bill at different rates, depending on the season and technology employed. This is the first net-metering program in Nebraska (view DSIRE record).

(10) NEW MEXICO – Municipal Utility Voluntarily Offers Net Metering

Farmington Electric, a municipal utility, offers net metering to residential customers with systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. This option is available for photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydro and other non-carbon-based fuels (view DSIRE record).

(11) PENNSYLVANIA–ECA Launches Website to Help Pennsylvanians Save Energy and Money

At the end of September, ECA will launch a statewide comprehensive website for energy consumers. Designed to pull together the disconnected strands of information on energy efficiency and solar energy in Pennsylvania, the website goes public at the end of September, the website will be the “go-to” place for all Pennsylvanians seeking to make their homes more energy efficient: grants, loans, contractors, fact sheets, and program details. Stay tuned for www.EnergyWisePA.org

(12) SOUTH CAROLINA – Utilities Offer Unappetizing Net-Metering Options

As a result of a directive issued by the South Carolina Public Service Commission, Duke Energy and Progress Energy have extended versions of their North Carolina net metering tariffs to their South Carolina customers. Individual system capacity is limited to 20 kilowatts (kW) for residential systems and 100 kW for non-residential systems. However, additional charges generally apply (view DSIRE record).


Interview of the Week: Jane Weissman on Workforce Development: New Training Directory/Best Practices

Since 2001, IREC has been at the front of the pack with renewable energy training and workforce development. Approached by Mark Fitzgerald in 2000, IREC recognized the importance that this issue had in building the infrastructure for a strong, renewable energy workforce. Jane Weissman, IREC’s Executive Director, and tireless champion of quality renewable energy training and workforce development, was gracious enough to talk about this issue. Read our conversation.


Current and Best Practices: IREC Releases Report on Renewable Energy Training: Best Practices and Recommended Guidelines

IREC has just released its newest report, Renewable Energy Training: Best Practices and Recommended Guidelines, prepared by Jane Weissman, Jerry Ventre, Barbara Martin and Katie Bolcar. The report, a detailed review in eight sections, contains recommended training guidelines, training criteria, assessment tools, task analyses, credentialing programs, and other related resources for renewable energy training programs. Read the full story.


irecusa.org Extra: National Solar Homes Tour October 4th: Find a city near you

Last year more than 115,000 attendees visited some 5,000 buildings in 2,900 participating communities. Now in its 13th year, this event is coordinated nationally by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society. It takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month. More


Grants/RFPs

(13) 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.

(14) 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.

(15) 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.

(16) 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.

(17) 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.

(18) 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.

(19) Environmental Education RFP

The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation seeks proposals to support educators to develop environmental curricula that integrates field activities and classroom teaching and that incorporates basic ecological principles and problem solving. Grants NTE $1.5K. Responses due 9/27/08. For more information, go to the website.

(20) 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.

(21) 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.

FYI

(22) IREC Thanks its 2008 Annual Meeting Sponsors

IREC will be holding its 2008 Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13th in San Diego, California as part of the Solar Power ’08 Conference. Special thanks to our meeting sponsors for their generous support to date:

Terawatt Sponsor ($1,000): Trina Solar

Gigawatt Sponsors ($500): Delaware Energy Office, Energy Trust of Oregon, Spire Solar, Tioga Energy, Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy

(23) City of Berkeley Approves City-Backed Loans for Solar Panels

The Berkeley City Council unanimously approved a program to give city-backed loans to property owners who install rooftop solar-power systems. The loans, likely to total up to $22,000 apiece, would be paid off over 20 years as part of the owners’ property-tax bills (New York Times, 9/17/08).

(24) SUNY/Ulster Offers Small Wind Turbine Installation Workshop

Roy Butler, Four Winds Energy, will be teaching a week-long class at SUNY/Ulster from October 6-10, 2008 for interested homeowners, businesses and contractors in how to install a wind turbine. The five-day seminar will run from Mon – Fri, Oct 6 – 10, 2008, from 9 am – 4:30 pm for $499. A basic understanding of electricity is a prerequisite.

(25) Building Performance Institute Training Offered by ECA

ECA is offering BPI classroom and field training leading to the Building Analyst certification during the week of September 29th as well as the written portion of the test. The field testing portion of the certification process will be by appointment the week of October 13th. Register by 9/15 to reserve your space. Contact Jen Hobbs at 215.988.0929, x 249

(26) Frostburg State University’s WISE Certification Program to Host Workshop on PV and Small Wind

The eight-week workshop includes on-line and hands-on instruction offered between October 13 and December 5. The hands-on training and instruction will be held at FSU in Compton Science Center between December 12 and 14. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2008.


EVENTS Calendar

(27) Sept 20-21 Rocky Mtn. Sustainable Living Fair, Ft. Collins, CO
(28) Sept 20-21 Solar Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM
(29) Sept 20-21 Pennsylvania RE & Sustainable Living Festival, Kempton, PA
(30) Sept 25-26 Plain Green ’08, Washington Pavillion, Sioux Falls, SD
(31) Sept 26-28 Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair, Fredericksburg, TX
(32) Oct 5-8 Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, Reno, NV
(33) Oct 8-9 Green California Community College Summit, Pasadena, CA
(34) Oct 13 IREC Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
(35) Oct 13-16 Solar Power International 2008, San Diego, CA
(36) Oct 14 Colorado’s New Energy Economy: The Path Forward, Denver, CO
(37) Oct 14-15 Renewable Energy Vermont’s 7th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Burlington, VT
(38) Oct 15 NABCEP Board Meeting, San Diego, CA
(39) Oct 15 Renewable Energy Vermont 7th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Burlington, VT
(40) Oct 17 Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for NABCEP-Certified and NYSERDA Eligible Installers
(41) Oct 17 2008 New Jersey Clean Energy Conference and Leadership Awards, Jersey City, NJ
(42) Nov 9-11 Texas Renewables, Austin, TX

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