State & Stakeholder Newsletter, July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Volume #8, Issue #14

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)

–Current and Best Practices: Rahus Institute releases Teaching Solar: A Teacher’s Guide to Integrating Solar into Classroom Curriculum

–irecusa.org Extra Extra: IREC Announces its 16th Annual Search for Innovative Renewable Energy Projects and Programs

–Grants/RFPs

–FYI

–Events

About this Newsletter/How to Subscribe


State/Local News

(1) CONNECTICUT – CCEF Solar Rebate Program Revived

The 2009-10 CCEF solar rebate program has re-opened, but it will support only residential installations, and incentive amounts have been reduced in an effort to increase the number of systems supported. The rebate level for residential systems is $1.75/watt (W) (PTC rating) for the first five kilowatts and $1.25 for the next five kilowatts, with the payment adjusted based on expected system performance. The funding cap is $15,000 per project. There is a total of $3.1 million available, approximately half of which is funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (see DSIRE record).

(2) DELAWARE – Net-Metering Law Enhanced

Legislation enacted in July (S.B. 85) improved a number of provisions the state’s net-metering policy. The new law, which applies to all utilities, extends net metering to farm service customers for systems up to 100 kW; removes a provision requiring annual forfeiture of net excess generation (NEG); grants customer-generators ownership of all renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by net-metered systems; and increases the aggregate capacity cap of all net-metered systems from 1% to 5% of a utility’s peak load (see DSIRE record).

(3) DELAWARE – New Laws Prohibiting Restrictions on Residential Solar, Wind Energy

Two laws enacted in July prohibit unreasonable restrictions on the installation of residential solar and wind-energy systems. The solar access law applies only to private restrictions, such as those put in place by homeowners associations, while the wind access law also prohibits certain restrictions made by county or local governments. Neither law is retroactive; thus, existing restrictions will not be affected (see DSIRE record: solar access law; see DSIRE record: wind access law).

(4) NEVADA – Renewables Tax Incentives Modified, Extended

Originally set to expire on June 30, 2009, Nevada’s property tax abatement for renewable energy producers was recently extended for another 40 years and underwent other significant changes. Effective July 1, 2009, Nevada’s property tax abatement is now targeting much larger systems, with an increase in minimum system capacity from 10 kW to 10 MW. The amount of the abatement (for real and personal property) has also increased from 50% for 10 years to 55% for 20 years. In addition, the state’s sales and use tax abatement for renewable-energy generators was revised and extended for 40 years. Project requirements are more rigorous, with an emphasis on the creation of jobs in Nevada (see DSIRE record: property tax abatement; see DSIRE record: state sales tax and use tax abatement).

(5) NEW JERSEY – Clean Energy Loans Now Available From NJEDA

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Solutions Capital Investment (CESCI) Loan and Grant Program will provide loans of up to $5 million for end-use renewable energy, energy efficiency, and combined heat and power (CHP) projects. Depending on project characteristics, 80% of the amount requested — up to $2.5 million — may be issued as a grant. The program is funded by proceeds from carbon emission allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) [see DSIRE record].

(6) TENNESSEE – Sales & Use Tax Credit Now Available to Clean-Energy Manufacturers

The Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009, enacted in June, extended the state’s sales and use tax credit for emerging industries to manufacturers of clean energy technologies. Clean energy technologies are defined as those that result in energy efficiency and technologies that use biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, hydropower, landfill, solar or wind to generate energy. Qualifying manufacturers must make a minimum $100 million investment, create and maintain 50 full-time jobs for 10 years that pay 150% above the Tennessee occupational average wage, and must be subject to the franchise and excise taxes (see DSIRE record).

(7) VERMONT – CEDF Grant Program Accepting Applications

Competition for this round of grant funding through the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund may be even tougher as the grant program is now available to a wider range of projects, including thermal and geothermal. Funding is available to four categories of projects: pre-project financial assistance, small-scale systems (microturbines, fuel cells and CHP), large-scale systems, and special demonstration projects. Proposals are due August 14, 2009 (see DSIRE record).

(8) WEST VIRGINIA – PSC Ordered to Consider Net-Metering Changes

West Virginia legislators have directed the Public Service Commission to consider raising the net metering limit to up to 500 kW for commercial customers and up to two megawatts for industrial customers (see DSIRE record).


Current and Best Practices: Rahus Institute releases Teaching Solar: A Teacher’s Guide to Integrating Solar into Classroom Curriculum

Teaching Solar: A Teacher's Guide to Integrating Solar into Classroom Curriculum“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin].

I had one of those teachers: Ms. Williams, 4th grade English teacher. Her love of the written word and the English language was, well, intoxicating, inspiring, even for a 4th grader. Her influence was potent; I became an English major. MORE


irecusa.org Extra Extra! IREC Announces its 16th Annual Search for Innovative Renewable Energy Projects and Programs; Apply now

Each year, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. recognizes individuals and organizations that have implemented innovative projects during the past year that promote and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies. Deadline to submit applications is COB, Thursday, July 30, 2009. MORE


Grants/RFPs

(9) EPA Climate Showcase Communities

EPA announced the availability of up to $10 million in “Climate Showcase Communities” grants for local and tribal governments to establish and implement climate change initiatives. EPA expects to award approximately 30 cooperative agreements ranging from approximately $100,000 to $500,000. Approximately 5 percent of the funds ($500,000) are set aside

for tribal governments. Closing Date: July 22, 2009.

(10) Smart Grid Investments- Recovery Act

The U.S. Department of Energy announces its intent to request proposals for the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. Through this program, DOE seeks to stimulate the rapid

deployment and integration of advanced digital technology that is needed to modernize the nation’s electric delivery network for enhanced operational intelligence and connectivity. The program will support projects that promote deployment, including development of component technologies. Individual award range anticipated to be $500K to $5 million. For more info, contact Donna Williams.

Letter of Intent Due Application Due

July 16, 2009 August 06, 2009 at 8:00 PM, ET

October 23, 2009 November 04, 2009 at 8:00 PM, ET

February 10, 2010 March 03, 2010 at 8:00 PM, ET

(11) DOE Announces Funding for Local-Level Solar Installer Training

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new funding opportunity under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) system installer training. The closing date for applications is July 30, 2009.

(12) USDA Invites Applications for REAP Grants, Loan Guarantees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program has issued a Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The deadline to apply for grants and loan guarantees under this solicitation is July 31, 2009. Grants and loan guarantees will be awarded for investments in renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy feasibility studies. Eligible renewable energy projects include wind, solar, biomass and geothermal; and hydrogen derived from biomass or water using wind, solar or geothermal energy sources. Grants are limited to 25% of a proposed project’s cost; a loan guarantee may not exceed $25 million (see DSIRE record).

(13) DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program’s FOA: Solar America Cities-Technical Outreach

This project will provide comprehensive outreach to local governments to help them build sustainable solar infrastructures and expand their solar markets. The project will help accelerate solar energy deployment by proactively addressing the needs of local governments for technical information and guidance, focusing on many areas such as policies and regulations, financial incentives, training, and community engagement. The FOA opened on June 24, 2009. Closing date for proposals is October 15, 2009. FOA#: DE-FOA-0000086.

(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

(15) DOE’s State Energy Program

DOE requests proposals for the State Energy Program (SEP). This program provides formula grants to State and Territorial energy offices to design and carry out renewable energy and energy efficiency priorities. $25 million expected to be available, up to 56 awards anticipated. Due dates based on state/territorial program years. Closing date for applications: 8/01/09. For more info, contact Lisa Kuzniar.

(16) Texas: Energy Projects Pre-K to 12

First Choice Power requests applications for Classroom Energy Innovation Grant applications for Texas teachers. This program supports pre-K to 12 teachers working to incorporate projects on energy and energy efficiency in their classrooms. Individual grants NTE $2K. Responses due 9/15/09.

(17) We Energies Renewable Energy Research and Development (R&D) Grant Program

We Energies’ Renewable Energy Research and Development (R&D) Grant Program offers financial assistance through grants (up to a maximum award of $200,000) to conduct research on renewable energy technologies that results in the generation of electric energy, or to help demonstrate a renewable energy product associated with the production of renewable electricity. Grants are intended for research and development endeavors that will clearly advance a technology or product, and will clearly contribute positively to the renewable energy industry. Applications received on an on-going basis through 2009.

(18) DOE’s Green Power Network RFPs

A number of new renewables RFPs are posted at DOE’s Green Power Network. You can subscribe to receive RFP updates.

(19) 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 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

(20) Register now for IREC’s Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for IREC’s 2009 Annual Meeting Workshop, scheduled for Monday, October 26th in Anaheim, California, will pay special attention to key topics for IREC members, state stakeholders and the industry.

(21) IREC’s 2009 State & Stakeholder Newsletter Reader Assessment: Tell us how we’re doing

The IREC State & Stakeholder Newsletter, which is distributed semi-monthly to email subscribers and published on IREC’s website, tracks a range of market-oriented news, services and outreach tools valuable to the renewable energy community. If you want the best news about what’s going on in the states and cities, you’ll find it in IREC’s State & Stakeholder newsletter. We’re interested in knowing what you think about this newsletter, and your input will help us improve it. Deadline to submit your comments is TODAY, July 15, 2009.

(22) Registration and housing for Solar Power International 2009 Now Open

Register and make hotel reservations via SPI’s registration website. This year’s conference expects to draw more than 25,000, with 650+ exhibitors, top-notch keynote addresses, 200+ speakers, more than 65 breakout sessions and dozens of optional workshops.

(23) Deadline to apply for NABCEP fall exam is FRIDAY, 7/17

The next NABCEP solar thermal and solar photovoltaic installer certification exams will be administered on Saturday, September 12, 2009. Application deadline for this test is Friday, July 17th. Applications received after the July 17th deadline will be considered for the March 2010 exam. Visit the NABCEP website for information.

(24) Indefinite rollover, the great equalizer

Lauarel Varnado, IREC’s Connecting to the Grid Newsletter editor, discusses how a net metering policy’s provision for Net Excess Generation (NEG) rollover can affect the financial outlook for different types of DG systems.

(25) TAP Web Seminars: How to Estimate Economic Impacts from Renewable Energy: 7/29

EERE’s Technical Assistance Project (TAP) for state and local officials sponsors Web seminars that explore state policies and analysis tools that help advance their renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Get information on how to attend the next seminar, ask questions of the presenter on a blog, and link to presentations and materials from previous seminars in an archive.

(26) OREGON–NABCEP Photovoltaic Workshop to Be Offered

A class on Solar Electric System Design, Theory, and Practice will be offered July 21-23 in John Day, Oregon for electricians and others interested in becoming solar professionals. This class is structured to prepare participants to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry-level Certification exam, which will be offered at the end of the course. Instructor Ryan Mayfield of Renewable Energy Associates teaches PV courses at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Co-instructor Kyle Bolger of Sunflower Energy Solutions has been teaching with Solar Energy International throughout the United States, and is an accredited Institute for Sustainable Power Quality certified PV instructor. Both hold full NABCEP certification and Oregon LRT electrical licenses. Signup by July 9th. For more details, call 541-575-3633 or email

(27) News from DOE Re ARRA

James Ferguson, States Coordinator, Eastern States, National Energy Technology Laboratory, tell us that the the two most recent editions of the Solicitations newsletter, issues #189 and #188, include recent funding opportunities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects. He also gave us the following resources for The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the Recovery Act:

(28) Utah Clean Energy’s Kelly Knutsen Moves to DC

Kelly Knutsen tells IREC that in August, he begins a new job in D.C. as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellow to work as a science advisor on capitol hill. “I don’t consider this to be farewell. Rather it is a new phase of my career where I bug you with phone calls and emails about how things are going in your particular field and ‘could you please explain it to me in bullet-point format so I can put it in a one-page memo,’ or something like that.” You can reach Kelly via email. Best of luck to you, Kelly.

(29) SolarTech Interconnection Symposium at SEPA’s Solar Utility Conference

SolarTech’s Interconnection Symposium will bring together leaders from regulatory organizations, utilities, building jurisdictions and representatives from the integrator community, to gather data and generate a dialogue on the evolution and standardization of interconnection methods, standards, and proposed metrics across the photovoltaic (PV) industry on Thursday, July 30, 9:00am-5:00pm, at the San Jose Marriott ($200 fee). Visit the website for details; once there, select ‘special events.’ For more information, contact Fabienne Rodet at 650.804.2504.


EVENTS Calendar

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