Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Volume #7, Issue #24
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: Solar Salt Lake Scampering Towards 10MW of Solar by 2015
–Current and Best Practices: TREIA Optimistic; Conference Attendees tell the Story
–irecusa.org Extra: SEIA Releases Blueprint for Job Creation & Economic Security
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Connecticut Innovations (CI) will administer a new $9 million “Connecticut Clean Tech Fund” which will make investments in seed- and early-stage companies focused on innovations that conserve energy and resources, protect the environment or eliminate harmful waste.
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a solar rebate pilot program developed by Gulf Power, an investor-owned utility that serves a portion of Florida. The utility’s Solar Thermal Water Heating Rebate Pilot Program will begin on January 1, 2009. Gulf Power will provide a rebate of $1,000 to qualifying customers during the one-year pilot program period. Gulf Power will also install a limited number of solar water-heating systems for free in low-income, multi-family apartment buildings (see DSIRE record).
Umpqua Bank and Energy Trust of Oregon Inc. unveiled low-interest financing for energy-saving improvements and solar energy systems. Their program, GreenStreet Lending, offers financing options designed to help small businesses and homeowners manage rising energy costs by making it easier to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
(4) Puerto Rico: Generous Solar Tax Credits Established
In August 2008, Puerto Rico enacted generous tax credits for individual and corporate tax payers who acquire and install “solar-electric equipment.” The new law rewards early action; taxpayers may take a credit against their income taxes equal to 75% of the cost of the solar equipment and installation during fiscal years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. The credit diminishes to 50% of the cost of equipment and installation during fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, and to 25% during fiscal year 2011-2012 and beyond. Any unused portion of the credit may be carried forward for 10 years. The credit, which may be taken against personal or corporate income taxes, is fully or partially transferrable (see DSIRE record for Puerto Rico Corporate Tax Credit, and Individual Tax Credit).
Interview of the Week: Solar Salt Lake: Scampering Towards 10MW of Solar by 2015
The goal of the Solar Salt Lake program is impressive: to develop a fully-scoped city- and county-level implementation plan that will result in at least ten megawatts of new photovoltaic (PV) installations in the government, commercial, industrial, and residential sectors by 2015. MORE
Current and Best Practices: TREIA Optimistic; Conference Awardees Tell the Story
I can’t remember when I’ve seen TREIA Executive Director, Russel Smith, so enthusiastic. FInd out what’s fueling his optimism. MORE
irecusa.org Extra: SEIA Releases ‘Solar Energy: A Blueprint for Job Creation and Economic Security’
In a conference call today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) outlined the key policies that President-elect Obama and the Congressional leadership must address to expand the use of solar energy and help put over 1 million Americans back to work by 2011. MORE
The Tennessee Valley Authority is requesting proposals to supply up to 2,000 megawatts of power generation from renewable and clean energy sources to TVA by June 1, 2011. Up to 1,000 megawatts of generation would be delivered to TVA by June 1, 2009, according to the Renewable Energy and/or Clean Energy Resources RFP. The amount would increase to a maximum of 1,500 megawatts a year later and to 2,000 megawatts by June 1, 2011. Proposals must be received by Friday, Jan. 16, 2009.
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross Cutting Technologies. Through this RFP, DOE seeks to identify and accelerate the development of unique products or processes that are expected to have a large impact on the industry, or a segment of the industry. Topics include: 1) Proof of Concept Technical/Feasibility Assessment, and 2) RD&D. Award range $150K to $3 million, up to 14 awards anticipated. Responses due 1/7/09. For more info. Refer to Sol# DE-PS36-09GO99003. (Grants.gov 10/21/08)
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for the National Geothermal Database Grant. Through this RFP, DOE seeks the creation of a web-based National Geothermal Database that will serve as a central repository for all publicly accessible geothermal data. $5 million expected to be available, 1 award anticipated. Responses due 2/3/09. For more info, contact Pete Simon, or click here. Refer to Sol# DE-PS36-08GO98020. (Grants.gov 9/29/08)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Environmental Education Grants. This program supports environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. $3 million expected to be available, up to 95 awards anticipated. Responses due 12/18/08. For more info, including Regional contacts, click here. Refer to Sol# EPA-EE-09-02. (Grants.gov 11/6/08)
The Siemens Foundation invites middle school students to participate in the We Can Change the World Challenge. Through this national sustainability education initiative, students are challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities. Awards include, but are not limited to, Savings Bonds, TV appearances, cameras, and travel. Responses due 3/15/09. For more info, click here.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) released a Request for Offers (RFO) for 45,000 tonnes of carbon offsets to be delivered annually beginning in 2010. SMUD hosted a Bidders Conference and Carbon Offset Project Development Workshop at SMUD on November 3, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested parties can download the RFO documents from SMUD’s Electronic Bid SolicitationSystem (EBSS) web site. Registration to the EBSS site is required to access the documents. Proposals will be due mid-December 2008.
(11) ORCA Announces $500K Renewable Energy Demo Grant Program; Workshops SetThe Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) is offering another $500K grant round in ’09 under its Renewable Energy Demo Program and has already held two briefing workshops on the grant process. Priority will be given to projects tied to providing water treatment or wastewater treatment services. Deadline for applications is 2/27/09. For more information, contact Travis Brown, ORCA, 512.936.7878
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), regarded as the singular credentialing body of renewable energy installers, has announced, effective January 1, 2009, a change in fees for several of its programs due to higher administration and processing costs.
The dates are set for the third national conference on workforce education in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields – November 18 – 20, 2009. The conference will offer the most current information on instructional strategies, curricula development, and best practices for training.
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), along with 35 other awardees, was inducted into the Evironmental Hall of Fame on November 22, 2008.
Mark your calendars now: March 14 is the date for the Spring NABCEP PV and Solar Thermal certifying exams. Deadline to apply is January 16, 2009. Applications received after this date will be considered for the September 2009 exam.
SUNY Ulster has just announced its Spring 2009 renewable energy class schedule, including several new offerings.
For a full listing of events, click the calendar icon on the IREC home page.
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