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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Volume #7, Issue #17 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…

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Volume #7, Issue #17

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. Both Word and PDF versions of this newsletter are included as attachments below.

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In this Issue…

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

–Interview of the Week: Solar America City: Seattle

–Current and Best Practices: Renewable Energy Fairs

– Extra: IREC Releases Sherwood’s U.S. Solar Trends (2007) Report




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State/Local News

(1) Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) Launches Connecticut Solar Lease Program

The program uses a combination of rebates and tax credits to lower the cost of leasing solar systems, helping more Connecticut residents obtain clean, renewable solar energy. CCEF is investing $38.6 million and hopes to help approximately 1,000 homeowners in the next three years.

(2) NEW YORK– Property Tax Abatement Established for NYC PV Systems

New York has enacted legislation that allows a property tax abatement of 8.75% of photovoltaic (PV) system costs, for four years, for owners of buildings in New York City. The total four-year abatement is 35%. All real property except utility real property is eligible for this new incentive. (View DSIRE record)

(3) NEW MEXICO– PRC Adopts Final Interconnection Rules

The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission, the state’s public utilities commission, has adopted final rules for the interconnection of small distributed generation (DG). The commission adopted separate rules for generators up to 10 megawatts (MW) and generators larger than 10 MW in capacity. Additional insurance is not required for systems up to 250 kW in capacity. (View DSIRE record)

(4) NORTH CAROLINA – New Law Establishes Special Property Tax Assessment for PV

On August 2, 2008, North Carolina enacted legislation that exempts 80% of the appraised value of a photovoltaic (PV) system from property tax. The new incentive is effective for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2008. (An existing North Carolina law provides that active solar heating and cooling systems may not be assessed at more than the value of a conventional system for property tax purposes.) [View DSIRE record]

(5) MICHIGAN – PSC Order Requires New Net-Metering Tariffs

A new order issued by the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) requires utilities to submit new net-metering tariffs by December 31, 2009. However, the order provides few guidelines or parameters for what the new tariffs must include. (View DSIRE record)

(6) VIRGINIA – SCC adopts final order for net metering in Virginia

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an order in August 2008 to adopt new net-metering rules for customers that generate their own electricity using eligible renewables. This order reflects previous statutory amendments enacted in 2007. In Virginia, net metering is generally available to residential systems up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity and non-residential systems up to 500 kW in capacity. (View DSIRE record)

Interview of the Week: Solar America City: Seattle

Seattle, one of my favorite cities where heavy coffee consumption is blatantly encouraged, became a Solar America City in 2008. Despite the clean energy commitments of Mayor Greg Nickels’ Climate Initiative, the Department of Planning and Development’s Green Building Program, and Washington State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and Renewable Energy Production Incentive Program, Seattle, also known as the Emerald City, faces unique and substantial barriers to widespread deployment of solar energy technologies. Read more

Current and Best Practices: Renewable Energy Fairs

Beginning in April and running through September, you can find a renewable energy fair in cities and towns across the U.S. Whether it’s the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair (MREF), going on for almost 20 years at the Summer Solstice, and billed as “the world’s largest renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living educational event of its kind,” or “Green Makes $en$e” in Elkins, West Virginia in April, these fairs are two or three-day festivals on renewable energy, sustainable building and agriculture, exhibits, workshops, hands-on demos, vendors, live music and entertainment, and children’s activities—something for everyone. More Extra: IREC Releases Sherwood’s U.S. Solar Market Trends 2007 Report

IREC has just released Larry Sherwood’s U.S. Solar Market Trends for 2007. This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Solar America Initiative. The author appreciates the reviews provided by Justin Baca, Rusty Haynes, Neal Lurie, Janet Meyer, Mike Taylor, and Jane Weissman. Download the report.


(7) 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.

(8) SMUD to release second 2008 Renewable Energy RFO

On August 28, 2008, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will release a Request for Offers (RFO) of renewable energy for power purchase agreements (PPA) and/or ownership options. Proposals will be due in late October 2008. Interested parties can download the RFO documents from SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System (EBSS) Web site when it becomes available. Registration to the EBSS site is required to access the documents.

(9) 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 are due August 28, 2008. All proposals are due December 1, 2008

(10) Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L), Ohio, Issues Renewable Energy RFP

DP&L of Ohio and a subsidiary of DPL Inc., has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy resources. DP&L is seeking a minimum of 38,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy from renewable energy resources by the end of 2009. Six hundred twenty five (625) MWh of this energy is to include solar photovoltaic or solar thermal energy. In selecting bids, DP&L will consider the requirement that at least 50% of its renewable energy come from within the state. Renewable energy resources include wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and fuel derived from solid waste. The deadline for submissions is September 12, 2008.

(11) PNM Announces Solicitation for All Renewable Sources

Public Service Company of New Mexico, PNM, announces a solicitation for all sources of renewable energy in New Mexico. PNM is seeking approximately 700 GWH/year of renewable energy from a variety of sources including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and biogas. Projects can be implemented between 2009 and 2011.

Non-Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference was July 30, 2008; Notice of Intent was August 1, 2008; Deadline for submissions is Oct. 15, 2008.

(12) 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.

(13) 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. Central Standard Time. For more info, e-mail [email protected], or visit the website.

(14) 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.

(15) 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.

(16) 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.

(17) 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 [email protected]
  • 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.


(18) Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for NABCEP-Certified and NYSERDA Eligible Installers

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is sponsoring a six-hour code training for current NABCEP-certified installers on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9th and 10th, from 6 p.m. EDT to 9:00 p.m. (5 p.m. CDT, 4 p.m. MDT, 3 p.m. PDT). IREC is presenting the webinar.

(19) DOE to Invest up to $24 Million for Breakthrough Solar Energy Products

Twelve Industry Teams Partner with DOE to Advance Integration of Solar Energy Systems into Electrical Grid

(20) Rahus Solar Forum for 8/27 Agenda Available

The agenda and registration for upcoming Solar Forum (Rahus/California

Solar Center) on August 27th in Santa Clara, is now online, and includes a showing of the updated Solar D.

(21) DOE Announces Three New Solar America Showcase Awards

DOE announced three new technical assistance awards under the Solar America Showcases project run by the Solar Energy Technologies Program. These awards provide technical assistance from solar energy experts to high-visibility, large-scale solar installations.

(22) IREC Offers NABCEP Solar Thermal Exam Prep Training Aug. 26-27

On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26 – 27 from 6pm – 9pm EDT, IREC will present a two-day workshop to prepare individuals for the NABCEP Solar Thermal Certification Exam on September 13. This workshop is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

(23) NABCEP Revises PV Study Guide

NABCEP has revised its PV Study Guide in time for applicants taking the September 13 certifying exam to use. Bill Brooks and Jim Dunlop revised the Guide.

(24) Trees, Water, People (TWP) Looking for a Director of Communications

TWP, a non-profit located in Fort Collins, CO, is looking for a graphic designer, website manager and publicist who will be responsible for newsletters, annual reports, website design and maintenance, the online catalog, as well as creating new publicity materials. Email resume and salary history to Elizabeth Mozer.

EVENTS Calendar

(25) Aug 22-24 Southern Energy & Environment Expo, Fletcher, NC
(26) Sept 13 NABCEP PV and Solar Thermal Certification Exams
(27) Sept 13-14 Iowa Renewable Energy Expo, Cedar Falls, IA
(28) Sept 15-20 PV Design & Installation Workshop, East Chartleston, VT
(29) Sept 15-17 Cleantech Forum XVIII-Scaling Cleantech Markets, Washington, DC
(30) Sept 20-21 Rocky Mtn. Sustainable Living Fair, Ft. Collins, CO
(31) Sept 20-21 Solar Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM
(32) Sept 20-21 Pennsylvania RE & Sustainable Living Festival, Kempton, PA
(33) Sept 25-26 Plain Green ’08, Washington Pavillion, Sioux Falls, SD
(34) Sept 26-28 Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair, Fredericksburg, TX
(35) Oct 5-8 Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, Reno, NV
(36) Oct 13 IREC Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
(37) Oct 13-16 Solar Power International 2008, San Diego, CA
(38) Oct 14-15 Renewable Energy Vermont’s 7th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Burlington, VT
(39) Oct 15 NABCEP Board Meeting, San Diego, CA
(40) Oct 15 Renewable Energy Vermont 7th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Burlington, VT
(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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