State & Stakeholder Newsletter, Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Volume #8, Issue #16

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: CEG and Smart Power release ‘Smart Solar Marketing Strategies’

–Interview of the week: Alfred State College/SUNY College of Technology: Going Green and Loving It

–irecusa.org Extra Extra: IREC Updates its University Directory and Renewable Energy Training Catalog

–Grants/RFPs

–FYI

–Events

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State/Local News

(1) ARIZONA: Arizona Passes Legislation to Attract Renewable Energy Manufacturers

In order to better compete with neighboring states, Arizona approved tax incentives designed to lure renewable energy manufacturers to the state. Companies that choose to establish or expand their manufacturing facilities or headquarters in Arizona may receive a tax credit worth up to 10% of the capital investment in the state. Property tax incentives are also available for renewable energy manufacturers. This legislation established minimum requirements for the quantity and quality of jobs that must be created to receive the incentives (see DSIRE record).

(2) ARIZONA: Arizona Extends Eligibility for Property Tax Exemption

In 2006, Arizona established a property tax exemption for solar devices used on-site. Legislation passed in July 2009 expanded this exemption to include a wide variety of other renewable energy technologies, as well as combined heat and power systems and “energy efficient building components”. For property tax purposes, these improvements are considered to add no value to the property (see DSIRE record).

(3) COLORADO: Colorado Uses Federal Money to Fund New Round of NEED Grants

The Colorado Governor’s Energy Office announced a new round of grants under their New Energy Economic Development (NEED) program. The new round is being funded with $2 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, and the submission deadline for this round is 5 pm on August 28, 2009 (see DSIRE record)

(4) FLORIDA: Solar Energy Incentives Program Receives Federal Funding for Rebates

Florida’s solar rebate program has received $5 million in federal funding from ARRA. This funding will be used to award rebates to some of the systems that are on the waiting list. The state expects to begin awarding rebates in early August using this funding (see DSIRE record).

(5) MICHIGAN: Consumers Energy Accepting Applications for Pilot PV Feed-in Tariff

As part of compliance with Michigan’s RPS, Consumers Energy is offering special purchase rates for electricity generated by residential and non-residential PV systems. The utility will offer rates of $0.65/kWh for residential systems and $0.45/kWh for non-residential systems. These rates will be offered in 2009. Participating systems will sign a contract for payment ranging from 1 – 12 years. The total program is capped at 2 megawatts (MW) and a minimum of 500 kilowatts (kW) must be set aside for residential projects (see DSIRE record).

(6) NEW JERSEY: Utilities Open SREC Financing Programs

Jersey Central P&L and Atlantic City Electric recently issued their first request for bids for the purchase of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) under long-term contracts. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has specified that the program be available for systems up to 500 kilowatts (kW) and that contract terms run from 10 to 15 years. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of the net present value of the SRECs over the life of the contrac (see DSIRE record).

(7) NEW YORK: Grants Available for Public Sector and Non-Profit Energy Conservation Projects

NYSERDA has issued an RFP for energy conservation projects undertaken by public sector agencies and non-profits. Grants under this program may cover 100% of project cost up to $1 million for renewable energy projects including solar, wind, wood boilers, and fuel cell systems. A total of $74 million is available for grants from State Energy Program funds authorized by ARRA (see DSIRE record).

(8) OREGON: State Authorizes Local Government Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

HB2626, enacted in July 2009, authorizes local governments to provide loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Local governments can issue revenue bonds to finance this loan program or can borrow money from the Oregon Department of Energy under the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technologies Loan Program for small-scale local energy projects. Some potential options for loan repayment are via a special assessment on local government taxes, utility bills, or another approved method of loan repayment (see DSIRE record).

(9) OREGON: Small Wind Turbine Certification Process Announced

In Oregon, electrical equipment must be certified prior to installation. In July 2009, Oregon’s Building Codes Division approved a temporary rule that creates an expedited and streamlined process for small wind turbine certification to reduce cost and delays created by individual certification of turbines ( see DSIRE record).

(10) OREGON: Pilot Solar Feed-in-Tariff

In July 2009, Oregon established a pilot feed-in-tariff for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with the passage of HB 3039. All electric companies must offer this feed-in-tariff, though municipal electric utilities, public utility districts and electric co-operatives are excluded from the definition of electric companies. The aggregate capacity for the pilot program is 25 megawatts (MW) alternating current, with an individual system cap of 500 kilowatts (kW). The PUC must still determine rules for this program. (see DSIRE record)

(11) OREGON: Legislation Creates Solar Multiplier for RPS

With the passage of HB 3039 in July 2009, there is now a multiplier for solar in Oregon’s RPS. This legislation requires electric utilities (excluding municipal electric utilities, public utility districts, and electric co-operatives) to develop 20 MW of solar PV by January 1, 2020. Individual PV systems used to meet this target must have a capacity of 500 kilowatts to 5 MW. Systems installed to meet this target that are operational prior to January 1, 2016 will be credited for two kilowatt-hours (kWh) for each kWh generated, with respect to RPS compliance (see DSIRE record).

(12) PENNSYLVANIA: Alternative Energy Tax Credit Guidance and Applications Issued

Enacted in July 2008, the Alternative Energy Production Tax Credit is available to individuals and businesses that pay personal and corporate income taxes. The credit may be taken for 15% of the installed cost of qualifying measures up to a maximum of $1 million per taxpayer per year. Applications and guidelines for this tax credit are now available (AEP tax credit/corporate: see DSIRE record; AEP tax credit/personal: see DSIRE record).

(13) PUERTO RICO: Individuals and Businesses Must Secure Unused Portion of Solar Tax Credit

Individuals and companies that have already received the Puerto Rican solar tax credit must complete and file form 480.71 by August 31, 2009 to retain the unused portions of previously granted credits for tax years 2009 and beyond. This requirement was created by legislation that passed in March 2009 (solar tax credit/corporate: see DSIRE record; solar tax credit/personal: see DSIRE record). Companies who have received tax credits and benefits under the Economic Incentives for the Development of Puerto Rico Act must do the same (see DSIRE record).

(14) WISCONSIN: Clean Energy Business Loan Program Unveiled

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce is now offering low-interest loans for manufacturing companies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs within the state. Loans for up to 25% of project cost are available at a 2% fixed interest rate with a term of 5-7 years for working capital or 5 -10 years for equipment. Eligible projects involve clean energy advanced manufacturing, clean energy supply chain development and fossil fuel use reductions at industrial facilities, including the integration of renewable energy into industrial processes (see DSIRE record).

(15) WISCONSIN: PV solar panel installation and ‘Energy on a Stick’ unveiled at Wisconsin State Fair Park

A 27kW solar PV installation and 2.3kW pole-mountd solar tracker unveiled at the Wisconsin State Fair recently. have the capacity to generate enough electricity to bake 900,000 cream puff shells per year.

(16) WISCONSIN: Comments for Glacier Hills Wind Park due September 4, 2009

In October 2008, We Energies proposed the Glacier Hills Wind Park in the towns of Randolph and Scott in Columbia County – approximate 45 miles northeast of Madison. The Glacier Hills Wind Park would consist of 90 turbines and generate 162 megawatts of electricity – enough capacity to power approximately 45,000 homes. Comments are due regarding the Environmental Impact of the project by September 4, 2009. All comments should reference the PSC docket number: 6630-CE-302. Email Comments.


Current and Best Practices: CEG and Smart Power release ‘Smart Solar Marketing Strategies’

Lyn Rosoff, Deputy Director of SmartPower and the primary author of the report, will discuss “Smart Solar Marketing Strategies,” a practical guide for any solar program looking to broaden interest and build a stronger base of customers in a webinar on September 22nd. By introducing the concept of “think like a retailer,” the report offers a thoughtful way to ensure that all solar program activities are directed at overcoming these barriers, to achieve stronger sales and more installations. MORE


Interview of the week: Alfred State College/SUNY College of Technology: Going Green and Loving It

Alfred State College/SUNY College of Technology is a small, public, coeducational, two- and four-year, nonsectarian college of some 3,300 undergraduates, but a lot of big things have been happening there over the past few years. MORE


irecusa.org Extra Extra! IREC Updates its University Directory and Renewable Energy Training Catalog

Pat Fox, IREC’s newest team member focused on workforce development issues, has been working on updating the information on this section of our website and expanding the features available within the Training Catalog and the University Directory. MORE


Grants/RFPs

(17) 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

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

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

(18) 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.

(19) We Energies supplemental grant for schools, nonprofits and units of government

We Energies will offer grants for qualified We electric customers (not-for-profit, schools and units of government) with the installation of a wind electric system over 20 kW and not more than 100 kW. Customer incentives are provided from We Energies Renewable Energy Development (RED) Program.

(20) 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.

(21) OUC Starts Pre-Qualification Process for 10-Megawatt Solar Project

OUC is requesting a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ09 No. 2744 OQ) to pre-qualify applicant teams for an upcoming request for proposals (RFP) to develop solar PV systems of up to 10 Megawatts. Only responders to the SOQ that meet the SOQ requirements (as determined by OUC) will be eligible to bid on the RFP. Special preference will be given to teams that include a North American Board of Certified Energy Providers (NABCEP) certified PV contractor on the proposed construction team. Emphasis will be placed on project teams that include a plan for local workforce recruitment for project design and construction. Responses to the SOQ are due September 3, 2009 at 3 p.m. EST. An electronic copy of the SOQ may be downloaded at OUC’s website www.ouc.com Direct all responses to this SOQ or any questions to Donna Kinley.

(22) 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.

(23) CPS issues renewable energy RFP for 200 MW and RECs

CPS Energy has issued an RFP for renewable energy generated from up to 200 megawatts (MW) along with the associated Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for the units of energy generated. This purchase will be structured to include the total output from a defined portion of one or more generation facilities, for a period of not less than fifteen (15) years and possibly as much as twenty (20) years or more. CPS Energy requires the entire amount of renewable capacity specified in the contract be available no later than December 31, 2011. Proposals due by 5 pm CT on 9/1/09. Contact Raul Cardenas, Manager, Renewable Energy Programs, 210.353.2911.

(24) 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.

(25) 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.

(26) NYSERDA Announces Competitive Solicitation to Fund Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced additional funding for local governments, public K-12 schools, public universities and colleges, hospitals, and not-for-profit organization through the State Energy Program (SEP) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). $74 million is available on a competitive basis to fund the installation of energy efficiency measures, renewable energy systems, and for the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles into fleets.


FYI

(27) 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.

(28) IREC thanks its 2009 Annual Meeting Sponsors

IREC wishes to thank these very generous sponsors for our 2009 Annual Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 26 in Anaheim:

  • We Energies
  • OUC

(29) 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.

(30) Green Jobs Report Well Received by Florida Energy and Climate Commission

Sustainability and Infrastructure Committee Chair Lila Jaber presented Defining Green Jobs for Florida to the Florida Energy and Climate Commission (FECC) on July 22. FECC Commissioners responded positively to the report and validated the important role the definition could play in Florida’s ability to contend for its share of $500 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds set aside for green-job training. In addition, the presentation was highlighted in state media coverage.

(31) Green Business Directory & Consumer Guide for L.I.

Published by Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI), the updated and expanded Long Island Green Guide is the region’s most comprehensive green vendor directory.

(32) 2011 Solar Decathlon RFP Dates Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the following dates for the 2011 Solar Decathlon Request for Proposals (RFP). According to Richard King, Director of the Solar D, invitations for the 2011 event will be posted live on the web site starting August 17th.

(33) Clean Energy Group & Smart Power to release ‘Smart Solar Marketing Strategies’

Clean Energy Group and SmartPower will host a PV conference call on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 1 pm EDT for a briefing on “Smart Solar Marketing Strategies,” a new report from Clean Energy Group and SmartPower. This report will be posted on the States Advancing Solar website in mid-August in advance of the call.

(34) Solar Cities Conference coming to Pittsburgh

Leaders of more than 20 cities from across the Northeast will meet at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Oct. 15 and 16. The two-day conference will target cities with colder climates with the goal of advancing the integration of solar technology. The city will install its first of five planned projects at a city firehouse this fall.

(35) Like father, like son: Lanny Sinkin becomes Solar San Antonio’s ED

Bill Sinkin, founder of Solar San Antonio (SSA), announced recently that Lanny Sinkin will take over as SSA’s Executive Director.

(36) 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 #190 and #191, 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:

(37) Energy Analysis of NREL: Recent Publications and Web Sites

Three new NREL publications are available:

Technology and Program Market Data

Renewable Energy Project Financing

Renewable Electricity Benefits in California

(38) Solar ABCs Request Gap Analysis Input

The Solar ABCs will conducting a Gap Analysis to review the current state of the major codes and standards that bear on PV and to identify major gaps or needs that exist and are not being addressed in current work on codes and standards. The Solar ABCs will collect input from all stakeholders on these gaps or needs and prioritize them into a cohesive outline for the development of the Solar ABCs Annual Work Plan for future years. Click here for a document summarizing the current Solar ABCs activities. We ask for your input on activities, which Solar ABCs should focus is resources in future years. Send you suggestions to Larry Sherwood by October 1, 2009.


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