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    1. 1. Gil Melear-Hough Project Coordinator, Knoxville Solar America Cities Program Tennessee Director of Renewable Programs (865) 637-6055 ext. 15 [email_address] “ Solar 101” Solar Basics for the Home U.S Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities
    2. 3. Knoxville Solar America City Goals <ul><li>Substantially increase utilization of solar power in Knoxville </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the visibility and public understanding of solar power </li></ul><ul><li>Build local capacity and expertise within the public and private sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce informational, financial, technical, and business barriers to widespread solar power deployment </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a model for market transformation in other cities in the region. </li></ul>Achieve a sustainable solar infrastructure through a comprehensive, city-wide approach that facilitates mainstream adoption of solar power technologies
    3. 4. <ul><li>Visible installations , such as the one at the new Downtown Transit Center </li></ul><ul><li>Educational exhibits to accompany solar arrays at Ijams Nature Center and the Transit Center. </li></ul>Knoxville Solar America City Program Highlights <ul><li>Public education outreach through workshops and webpage. </li></ul><ul><li>Training programs for solar technology installers and the code officials and inspectors that regulate them. </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development projects to encourage solar technology and renewable energy businesses to locate in Knoxville. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of solar power to existing local businesses who can take advantage of financial incentives. </li></ul>
    4. 5. Examples of types of Solar
    5. 6. Solar Technology includes: Photovoltaics Concentrating Solar Power Solar Thermal
    6. 7. Photovoltaics
    7. 9. Adventure Science Center, Nashville, TN
    8. 10. Concentrating Solar Power
    9. 11. Concentrating Solar Power Utility Scale <ul><li>Concentrating Solar Technologies: </li></ul><ul><li>Trough systems </li></ul><ul><li>Dish/Engine Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Power Towers </li></ul>
    10. 12. Solar Hot Water
    11. 13. A solar hot water community in China
    12. 14. Solar Water Heating (SWH) SWH GUIDELINES Only install systems that are Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) certified ( The SRCC provides independent certification of solar water and swimming pool heating collectors and systems. Some states (Florida, for example) require their own certification. Install the simplest system that will work in your climate. In most areas of the United States, SWH must incorporate freeze protection.
    13. 15. Radiant Floor Heating (RFH) Also known as ‘hydronic in-floor’ heating. Hot water is run through tubing that is either attached under the floor or embedded in the concrete slab. The hot water running through the tubing warms the floor and radiates heat into the structure. By heating the floor, a thermal inversion is created that traps cool air at the ceiling and circulates warm air where you are. Solar Pool Heating Solar water heating can be used to heat swinging pools and spas. This works by the existing pool filtration system pumping pool Water through the solar collector and the heated water. Solar Heating options:
    14. 16. <ul><li>Incentives in Tennessee for Solar </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Tax Credits </li></ul><ul><li>TVA Generation Partners Program </li></ul><ul><li>Tennessee Clean Energy Technology Grants (TN-CET) </li></ul><ul><li>USDA Section 9006 Grants </li></ul>
    15. 17. <ul><li>Federal Tax Credits </li></ul><ul><li>The Solar Investment Tax Credit Provisions will: </li></ul><ul><li>Extend for 8 years the 30% tax credit for both residential and commercial solar installations </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate the $2,000 monetary cap for residential solar electric installations to create a true 30% tax credit (effective for property placed in service after December 31, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Allow Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) filers (both businesses and individuals) to take the credit </li></ul><ul><li>For details: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 18. <ul><li>How the TVA Green Power Switch Generation Partners Program Works </li></ul><ul><li>A Residential or Small Commercial Power customer served by participating TVA distributor installs a solar or wind generation source. </li></ul><ul><li>TVA purchases 100% of the green power output at a rate per kilowatt-hour. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy consumed at the home or business, whether generated on-site or delivered over the local power distribution system, is billed at the standard rate. </li></ul><ul><li>Payment for green power is made in the form of a credit issued by the local power distributor on the monthly power bill for the home or business where the generation system is located. </li></ul><ul><li>New version of the program starts in January </li></ul> / Generation Partners - supporting on site home generation
    17. 19. Bergey XL 50 Intergrated Solar laminate New Wind Incentive Owners of small wind systems with 100 kilowatts (kW) of capacity and less can receive a credit for 30% of the total installed cost of the system, not to exceed $4,000. The credit will be available for equipment installed from today through December 31, 2016. For turbines used for homes, the credit is limited to the lesser of $4,000 or $1,000 per kW of capacity.
    18. 20. SOLAR GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES 40% up to 75,000 – must be a for-profit business For Details contact Clinton A. Berry, III TN Dept of ECD 615/ 253-1943 [email_address]
    19. 21. <ul><li>Some Key Provisions: </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants may qualify for a grant, a guaranteed loan, or a combination of both. </li></ul><ul><li>Grant request must not exceed 25% of the eligible project costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Projects under $200,000 total project costs qualify for a simplified application process. </li></ul><ul><li>Loan guarantees can be for up to 50% of total eligible project costs, but combined funding assistance cannot exceed 50% of total eligible project costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications should be directed to the rural energy coordinators at your respective USDA State Rural Development Offices. </li></ul><ul><li>Will Dodson , USDA Rural Development, Business & Community Programs, 3322 West End Ave, Suite 300 Nashville, TN 37203-1084 </li></ul><ul><li>Ph: (615) 783-1350 Fax: (615) 783-1393 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    20. 22. The First Step ALWAYS make energy efficiency improvements first. Energy efficiency is the most cost effective way to reduce utility bills and improve comfort. The less energy a house requires, the smaller and less expensive the solar equipment will be.
    21. 25. <ul><li>FIND A QUALITY INSTALLER </li></ul><ul><li>Teaming up with a reliable, experienced solar installer is the single most important strategy for solar success. Choose an experienced local installer. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask local solar companies if they have NABCEP-certified installers. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certifies both SWH and PV installers. Go to to find certified installers in your area. </li></ul><ul><li> is a </li></ul><ul><li>National data- base of solar </li></ul><ul><li>Professionals sponsored by </li></ul><ul><li>the American Solar Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Society. </li></ul><ul><li>• The Solar Energy Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Association (SEIA) is a </li></ul><ul><li>national trade association </li></ul><ul><li>for the solar industry. Check </li></ul><ul><li>with the local members. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    22. 26. Street Dixon Rick Architects Nashville Finding a good Solar Installer - part 2 Local organizations such as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy can be valuable resources for finding established solar installers. Check with community colleges, chapters of green building or trade organizations, and manufacturers for certification and/or training programs for solar professionals. Ask the installers what trainings they’ve taken or certifications they’ve earned   Do your homework! Check references and professional credentials and affiliations for the solar companies you’re considering.
    23. 28. Good links for more information on Solar: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certifies both SWH and PV installers. Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) The Interstate Renewable Energy Council Database of solar and energy efficiency incentives The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Solar Energy Technologies program National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Solar Energy Technologies Program The U.S. Green Building Council has local chapters, and now has a LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for homes. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Find Solar
    24. 29. For more Information: <ul><li>Gil Melear-Hough </li></ul><ul><li>Tennessee Director of Renewable Programs </li></ul><ul><li>(865) 637-6055 ext. 15 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] org </li></ul><ul><li>For more information about the City of Knoxville‘s </li></ul><ul><li>Solar America Cities Program, please visit </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>