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October 24, 2013 | Community Solar: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood | Ross Abbey: Community-shared solar in Minnesota

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The second event of a three-part Solar Opportunities Series, Fresh Energy’s community solar event introduced community leaders and institutions to this promising new solar-development model, providing …

The second event of a three-part Solar Opportunities Series, Fresh Energy’s community solar event introduced community leaders and institutions to this promising new solar-development model, providing an objective update on the detailed rules currently being written. Learn more at fresh-energy.org/solarseries.

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  • {"12":"Marshall, MN (30 kW, 2007) Copyright: Innovative Power Systems\n","1":"Some cool projects being done by the Coops, but my talk will focus on the framework legislation for IOUs (which sell 70% of the state’s electricity).\n"}

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  • 1. Community Shared Solar in Minnesota Solar Opportunity Series | October 24, 2013 Ross Abbey, Fresh Energy www.fresh-energy.org
  • 2. Policy background
  • 3. Policy background
  • 4. Framework Legislation 1) Policy purpose 2) Utility bargain 3) Basic project model 4) Project flexibility 5) Policy benefits
  • 5. 1) Policy purpose Supplement net metering with a mechanism that allows all other customers to solar self-generate, too.
  • 6. 1) Policy purpose
  • 7. 2) Utility bargain • • • Self-generators must cover their full utility costs* We solve the utility’s revenue erosion concern We make the utility a monopoly buyer
  • 8. 2) Utility bargain Yet . . . • Subscriber is also treated as a self-generator • Allows for expansion of self-generation o o Reduced initial cost barrier o • Removes co-location requirement Authorized third-party ownership Commission will regulate
  • 9. 3) Basic project model Subscribers (Beneficial Owners) Capital ($/kW) Host /Facility Mgr On-bill compensation (¢/kWh) Utility Electricity
  • 10. 4) Project flexibility Photo: Minneapolis, MN (40 kW, 2010) Photographer: Ray Colby
  • 11. 4) Project flexibility St. Paul, MN (28 kW, 2012) | Copyright: Sundial Solar
  • 12. 4) Project flexibility Marshall, MN (30 kW, 2007) | Copyright: Innovative Power Systems
  • 13. 4) Project flexibility Pine City, MN (21 kW, 2012) | Copyright: Dan Williams / Powerfully Green
  • 14. 4) Project flexibility Minneapolis, MN (40 kW, 2012) | Copyright: Ray Colby / Sundial Solar
  • 15. 4) Project flexibility Blaine, MN (9 kW, 2009 & 2012) | Copyright: Sam Villella
  • 16. 5) Policy benefits Solar for Everyone(?)
  • 17. 5) Policy benefits Figure 7 (LBNL, Tracking the Sun V, 2012)
  • 18. Yet . . . challenges remain • Unproven track record, customer awareness • Administrative and subscriber-acquisition costs • Xcel proposal – ironing out the kinks • Taxation, Security Exchange Commission rules • Local permitting and land-use regulations
  • 19. PUC implementation
  • 20. Questions? Solar Opportunity Series | October 24, 2013 Ross Abbey, Fresh Energy abbey@fresh-energy.org
  • 21. Xcel Energy proposal • A good step forward • Positive program-design elements • Key areas to consider: 1) Limitation on cumulative generating capacity, number of facilities 2) Project-approval queue, eligibility requirements 3) Compensation for solar production 4) sREC treatment 5) Fee structure