State & Stakeholder Newsletter, February 12, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Volume #8, Issue #3

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: IREC/DOE Sponsored PV Workshops For Solar Energy Educators Held in Southern California

–Current and Best Practices: Small Wind Certification Council Launches Website

–irecusa.org Extra: February 26, 2009 IREC Call Seminar: Recession and the Solar Market

–Grants/RFPs

–FYI

–Events

About this Newsletter/How to Subscribe


State/Local News

(1) FLORIDA – GRU Feed-In Tariff to Take Effect March 1

It’s official: Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), a municipal utility owned by the City of Gainesville, has formally approved a feed-in-tariff (FIT) for PV systems greater than 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. The new tariff, which takes effect March 1, 2009, will provide a production incentive of $0.32 per kWh for electricity generated by qualifying PV systems. (see DSIRE record)

(2) ILLINOIS– New Law Expands RPS

Legislation enacted in January (Public Act 095-1027), has amended Illinois’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. As a result of the new law, alternative retail electric suppliers and utilities that sell electricity outside of their service territories are required to comply with the state’s existing 25% by 2025 standard (see DSIRE record).

(3) ILLINOIS – Nonprofit Offers REC Payments for PV

In January 2009, the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) established the Renewable Energy Credit Aggregation Program (RECAP), in partnership with Community Energy. This production incentive, available to net-metered PV systems in Illinois, provides a payment of $0.06/kWh for the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with electricity generation. The program budget is $15,000 (see DSIRE record).

(4) KENTUCKY – PSC Adopts Regulations for Net Metering, Interconnection

In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation (SB 83) that required the Kentucky Public Service Commission to develop interconnection and net metering guidelines for all retail electric suppliers operating in Kentucky (excluding TVA utilities). The Kentucky PSC adopted those guidelines on January 8, 2009, via Order 2008-00169. The interconnection standards apply only to net-metered systems. Net Metering Guidelines: Interconnection Standards.

(5) NEW JERSEY – Renewables Rebate Program Accepting 2009 Applications

New Jersey began accepting rebate 2009 applications for PV, small wind, sustainable biomass and fuel cells using renewable fuels on February 3, 2009. Most program components are similar to their 2008 counterparts. However, PV rebate levels have been reduced to $1.55 to $1.75 per watt for residential systems and $1.00 per watt for non-residential systems. Residential systems are limited to 10 kilowatts (kW); non-residential systems are limited to 50 kW (see DSIRE record).

(6) NEW YORK – LIPA Unveils Rebate Program for Small Wind

The Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) new Backyard Wind program offers rebates to residential and commercial customers for the installation of small wind turbines. The program will pay $3.50 per kWh for one year of energy production up to 16,000 kWh, and $0.50 per kWh for one year of additional energy production between 16,000 kWh and 175,200 kWh. A bonus incentive of $1.00 per kWh is available for non-profit and government customers (see DSIRE record).

(7) NEW YORK–Green Contest for Kids Kicks Off

Students in the Hudson Valley will be challenged to engineer small wind turbines intended to transform the energy of the wind into electricity in the KidWind Challenge. The winning designs will be determined during regional events to be held in Buffalo, near Albany, and the Lower Hudson Valley region in May.

(8) NORTH CAROLINA–Wrap Up from NC’s “Making Energy Work: Building a Sustainable Energy Economy in the Southeast”

Many of the nation’s top energy and economic experts joined over 500 leaders from across the Southeast at the first, day-long, major energy forum, “Making Energy Work: Building a Sustainable Energy Economy in the Southeast, on Tuesday, February 3 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. IREC was a partner organization for the conference.

(9) OHIO – PV Grants Now Available

In January 2009, the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) reinstated a grant program for residential PV systems. This program offers grants of $3.00 per watt of installed capacity, with a maximum incentive of $25,000 (see DSIRE record).

(10) TEXAS – Utility Unveils New PV Rebate Program

Oncor Electric Delivery is the first investor-owned utility in Texas to offer rebates for customer-owned PV systems. A flat rebate of $2.46 per watt is available to all Oncor customers (and for new construction), with a maximum award of $24,600 for residential systems and $246,000 for non-residential systems. Approximately $4.2 million is available for rebates in 2009 and more than $16 million through 2012 (see DSIRE record).


Interview of the Week: IREC/DOE Sponsored PV Workshops For Solar Energy Educators Held in Southern California

Brian Hurd’s, “Hands On Solar, Inc.,” in collaboration with IREC, recently offered two two-day solar energy training events for educators and trainers in San Diego and Santa Monica. with Dr. Jerry Ventre, an engineering consultant for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. with over thirty-five years of experience in various aspects of engineering, including research, development, design and systems analysis, and Dr. Barbara Martin, an expert in instructional design and theory, development, and educational technology. MORE


Current and Best Practices: Small Wind Certification Council Launches Website

The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has information about SWCC, its mission, history, staff, funders and board. In addition, the site has information for manufacturers and consumers related to the certification of small wind turbines. MORE


irecusa.org Extra Extra!: February 26, 2009 IREC Call Seminar: Recession and the Solar Market

The next IREC Telephone Seminar on Thursday, February 26 at 2pm EDT (1pm CDT, noon MDT, 11am PDT, 10am Alaska, 8am Hawaii), will explore the future of solar markets during the current economic downturn. Industry experts Travis Bradford and Mark Crowdis will offer insight into the effect of the credit crunch on financing opportunities for renewables, outline the status of federal tax credits, and highlight the role of federal and state governments in keeping the renewable sector afloat. Please join us for this timely and informative discussion. MORE


Grants/RFPs

(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

(12) Middle School Sustainability Challenge

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.

(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 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 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 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.

FYI

(15) Call for Presentations & Posters Now Open for New Ideas in Educating a Workforce In Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: 3rd National Conference Set for November 18-20, 2009, Albany, NY

There are three ways you can participate in the 2009 Workforce Education National Conference – you can submit a proposal for a Presentation, a proposal for a Poster, or become a Sponsor. Presentations will be grouped into 90-minute sessions organized around a common topic. Posters will be on display starting with the Reception on the first night of the conference and will continue to be shown throughout the second day of the conference. Sponsorships are available giving your company or organization visibility before and during the conference. Go toConference Home for information and details.

(16) CEG and CESA Release Two New Reports on RPS Progress in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region

Clean Energy Group (CEG) and Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) announce the release of two new reports that address the early progress of states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region in meeting state renewable portfolio standards (RPS).

(17) DOE Issues NOTA for Solar America Showcases

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA) for the Solar America Showcases project. The funding amount for Solar America Showcases is up to $500,000 of technical assistance per award. The current quarter’s application deadline is March 31, 2009.

(19) 7th Annual Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute–Register On Line

Registration for the 7th annual Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute for Educators is now online. Teachers from all over the country will attend this 5-day seminar – building model solar cars, cookers, homes, fountains, and more.

(19) Customer’s Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements Online

Tor Allen reports the California Solar Center has posted a number of supplemental documents for “The Customer’s Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements” online. This includes: sample contracts, RFP evaluation rubrics, sample contract templates, etc.


EVENTS Calendar

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