September 2, 2008

State & Stakeholder Newsletter, September 3, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Volume #7, Issue #18 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, September 3, 2008

Volume #7, Issue #18

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.

If you want the best news about what’s going on in the states and cities, get IREC’s State & Stakeholder newsletter.

Thanks for reading.

In this Issue…

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

–Interview of the Week: Keith McAlister and a Recap of the 8/21 IREC Call Seminar on Smart Grid and AMI

–Current and Best Practices: 2009 Workforce Development Conference in Planning Stages

– Extra: Upcoming Solar ABC’s Meeting in San Diego 10/17




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State/Local News

(1) ALABAMA– Funding Limits Raised for Local Government Energy Loan Program. Municipal and county governments in Alabama may now borrow up to $350,000 for certain energy efficiency projects and renewable energy projects. Schools may receive up to $350,000 per campus or $500,000 per school system for qualifying projects. (View DSIRE record).

(2) FLORIDA– Tallahassee Extends Loan Program to PV

Tallahassee‘s municipal electric utility has expanded its loan program for solar water heating and energy efficiency to photovoltaic (PV) systems. Customers may borrow up to $20,000 for PV, with a 5% interest rate and a maximum term of 10 years. (View DSIRE record)

(3) ILLINOIS– Solar Rebate Program Now Accepting FY09 Applications

This state program offers rebates of up to $10,000 for photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating. The Fiscal Year 2009 program has a budget of $1.5 million, with a deadline of May 1, 2009. (View DSIRE record)

(4) ILLINOIS – Interconnection Rules Finalized

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has finalized state interconnection rules for distributed generation systems up to 10 megawatts (MW). The rules include a four-tiered application review system with simplified procedures for systems with components certified by a national lab. (View DSIRE record)

(5) NEVADA– Utilities to Accept Rebate Applications for Renewables

Nevada’s two investor-owned electric utilities will begin accepting applications for the RenewableGenerations Rebate program on September 4, 2008. Rebates will be available for PV systems ($2.30/W for residential and small-commercial, $4.60/W for schools and public buildings), wind-energy systems ($1.50/W – $2.50/W for residential, small-commercial and agricultural; $2/W – $3/W for schools and public buildings) and small hydroelectric systems ($2.50/W for agricultural facilities). (View DSIRE record)

(6) NEW YORK – Net Metering Expanded Significantly

New York’s net metering law was amended by three separate bills in August 2008. The most notable change is the expansion of net metering eligibility to non-residential photovoltaic (PV) systems and wind-energy systems up to two megawatts (MW) in capacity. Utilities must submit tariff schedules consistent with these changes to the New York Department of Public Service. (View DSIRE record)

(7) NORTH CAROLINA– Model Wind Ordinance Adopted

In July 2008, the North Carolina Wind Working Group published a model wind ordinance to provide guidance to communities seeking to promote wind energy. (View DSIRE record)

(8) PENNSYLVANIA – PUC Issues Final Rulemaking Order for Net Metering

This Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) order implements H.B. 1203 of 2007, providing for carryover of net excess generation (NEG) at the utility’s retail rate and compensation for annual NEG at the appropriate “price to compare.” However, the PUC’s revised rule must still undergo additional administrative review before it takes effect. (View DSIRE record)

(9) VERMONT– Clean Energy Development Fund Offers New Grant Funds

Vermont‘s Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) Grant Program has made available a new round of program funding. This deadline for this round of funding, which supports grid-tied renewables and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) projects, is October 1, 2008. (View DSIRE record)

(10) WISCONSIN– Grants Available for Large Renewables

The Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program has issued limited-time RFPs for large wind, PV, solar water heating, biomass combustion, and anaerobic digestion projects. The maximum grant amounts are double those of the normal mounts under this program and are expected to fund one project for each technology. (View DSIRE record)

Interview of the Week: Keith McAlister and a Recap of the 8/21 IREC Call Seminar on AMI and Smart Grid

IREC’s latest telephone seminar on “How Will Smart Grid and AMI Impact Solar”, held on August 21, 2008, drew its largest crowd yet. For this seminar, Dan James of Xcel Energy discussed how a smart grid works, opportunities for solar, and the smart grid pilot Xcel is implementing in Boulder, Colorado.

Keith McAllister of the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, an IREC partner and wicked smart, discussed Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and how to adapt net metering policies to the AMI technology. While he made (and ate) lunch, I grabbed Keith for a more detailed, less technical explanation of AMI and Smart Grid technologies. Read our conversation.

Current and Best Practices: 2009 Workforce Education Conference Being Planned

Plans are underway for the third national conference on New Ideas in Educating a Workforce in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. This event will be held in the fall of 2009 in Albany, New York. The date and venue will be confirmed soon. A “Call for Presentations” will be released later this year. Presentations from the 2008 conference are available on the IREC website. More Extra: Solar ABC Meeting in San Diego in October

The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) announces its annual Photovoltaic Stakeholder Meeting on Friday, October 17, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in San Diego, California. The meeting immediately follows the Solar Power International Conference. More


(11) 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.

(12) SMUD Releases 2008 Renewable Energy RFO

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) released a Request for Offers (RFO) of renewable energy for power purchase agreements (PPA) and/or ownership options. Prebid conference is September 11, 2008, and proposals are due October 21, 2008. Interested parties can download the RFO documents from SMUD’s Electronic Bid Solicitation System (EBSS) Web site. Registration to the EBSS site is required to access the documents.

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

(14) 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.

(15) 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.

(16) 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. CST. Email for more information, or visit the website.

(17) 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.

(18) 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.

(19) 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.

(20) 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.


(21) IREC Thanks its 2008 Annual Meeting Sponsors

IREC will be holding its 2008 Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13th in San Diego, California as part of the Solar Power ’08 Conference. Special thanks to our meeting sponsors for their generous support to date:

Terawatt Sponsor ($1,000): Trina Solar

Gigawatt Sponsors ($500): Delaware Energy Office, Energy Trust of Oregon, Spire Solar

(22) Continuing Education Contact Hours 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.

(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) NREL to Host Meeting on Small Wind Testing

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) will host a Small Wind Turbine Testing Workshop on September 11th and 12th, 2008 at the NWTC located at 18200 State Highway 128; south of Boulder, Colorado, and east of State Highway 93. For more information contact Richard Osgood, 303-384-6949.

(25) Building Performance Institute Training Offered by ECA

ECA is offering BPI classroom and field training leading to the Building Analyst certification during the week of September 29th as well as the written portion of the test. The field testing portion of the certification process will be by appointment the week of October 13th. Register by 9/15 to reserve your space. Contact Jen Hobbs at 215.988.0929, x 249

EVENTS Calendar

(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 Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for NABCEP-Certified and NYSERDA Eligible Installers
(42) Oct 17 2008 New Jersey Clean Energy Conference and Leadership Awards, Jersey City, NJ
(43) Nov 9-11 Texas Renewables, Austin, TX

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