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Grid Alternatives Solar - EE in HOME Workshop Presentation Transcript

  • 1. GRID Alternatives Solar for Low-Income Homeowners Incorporating Solar Energy Into City Programs June 10 & 12, 2008 Erica Mackie Executive Director GRID Alternatives Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 2. GRID Alternatives Outline •Introduction to GRID Alternatives •Solar Basics and Benefits •Economics of Solar •Rebates •Tax Credits •City Housing Programs and Solar •The California Solar Initiative & The Future Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 3. GRID Alternatives Background Non-profit organization CA licensed C-10 electrical contractor Mission: to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 4. GRID Alternatives Energy Efficiency Team Program Volunteer teams perform energy upgrades and water conservation measures for low- income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in partnership with local chapters of Rebuilding Together. Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 5. GRID Alternatives Solar Affordable Housing Program Volunteer recruitment and training to provide free installation of solar electric systems Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 6. GRID Alternatives Solar Basics Photo – voltaic Solar Electric Systems: - Use the sun’s light, not heat -Offset electricity usage not gas - Different from solar hot water and thermal systems -Grid-tied not off grid Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 7. GRID Alternatives Why Solar for Low-Income Families •Environment Reduction of green house gases •Environmental Justice Power plants often sited in low-income communities High rates of asthma •Economic High energy costs Significant savings Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 8. GRID Alternatives Why Local Housing Departments? Know their communities and are mission driven Provide breadth of rehab services tailored to low-income families •Enable homeowners to continue living safely in their homes •Low-income homes often not solar ready (roofs, fuses) Able to offer loan terms that can make it possible for day one positive cash flow Flexible so homeowners are not in jeopardy of defaulting on bank loan and losing their home Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 9. GRID Alternatives Why A Non-Profit? Mission to serve low-income families Outreach and education are as important as design and installation How to maintain a solar electric system How to read and understand changes to utility bill How to use energy responsibly Sweat equity investment gives a greater sense of ownership Free installation makes solar affordable for low-income families Community involvement educates and brings together the whole community and proves solar is a viable solution in any community Provides “hands-on” experience for job training programs Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 10. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 1. Client identified either by GRID Alternatives or by Housing Dept Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 11. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 2. GRID conducts site visit and determines solar feasibility • Is there adequate roof space? -120 square feet per kW for pitched roof -175 square feet per kW for flat roof • Is the roof space unshaded? • Is the roof space facing south or southwest? • If working on retrofit project, is the roof in good condition or is reroofing planned? Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 12. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 3. GRID educates homeowner and provides costs/savings numbers Determine system size by matching system output with annual electricity use -Accounting for energy efficiency savings -Be conservative to avoid oversizing system Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 13. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 4. Housing Dept conducts site visit and determines additional scope of work, helps hire other contractors, and processes loan Housing Rehabilitation Program HUD – CDBG Home Improvement Program Loans Neighborhood Services Grants Program Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 14. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 5. GRID coordinates directly with roofer and electrical contractor Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 15. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 6. GRID processes all rebate, utility, and permit paperwork -Submit rebate reservation -Order materials -Pull permit -Submit utility interconnection agreement -Pass inspections -Submit Incentive Claim Form Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 16. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 7. GRID conducts mandatory training for volunteers Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 17. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 8. Housing Dept issues check from loan payable to solar equipment supplier Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 18. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 9. GRID installs system once all other rehab work is complete Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 19. GRID Alternatives Working Together Step 10. GRID provides warranty and homeowner follow up and education Industry-standard warranties: 25-year Module warranty 15-year Inverter warranty 10-year Labor warranty Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 20. GRID Alternatives Retail Cost of System •Cost of System Retail •Panels (approx. $6 per Watt) •Inverter (approx. $1 per Watt) •Balance of System (approx. $1 per Watt) •Installation (approx. $1-2 per Watt) 1.7 KW system approximately $16-$17k Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 21. GRID Alternatives Available Rebates CSI – California Solar Initiative •Administered by PG&E, SCE, and California Center for Sustainable Energy (San Diego) •Existing homes or buildings •$1.90 – $2.50/Watt •Increased rebate for government and non-profit owned buildings •Decreases as MW goals are met Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 22. GRID Alternatives Available Rebates New Solar Homes Partnership •Administered by California Energy Commission •New Construction •$2.50/Watt for under 6 units •$2.60/Watt for over 6 units with at least 50% solar •Increased rebate for affordable housing projects Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 23. GRID Alternatives Tax Credits Federal Tax Credit •30% of out of pocket cost (after rebate) •$2,000 cap for residential and no cap for commercial •Homeowner must have tax liability to take advantage of it Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 24. GRID Alternatives Economic Benefit to the Homeowner Typical Size of PV System 1.7 kW Retail Cost of PV System ($9.50/W) $16,150 Rebate (CSI Incentive As of 5/6/08) $ 4,250 Net Cost of PV System (with free installation from $ 6,800 GRID Alternatives) Estimated Monthly Savings $ 45 /month Estimated Savings Over System Lifetime $16,200 Net Savings to Homeowner $9,400 Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 25. GRID Alternatives The California Solar Initiative And Low-Income Families $216 Million Set Aside for Low-Income Families • $108M to go to multi-family rental affordable housing • $108M to go to single family homeowner program • Will substantially subsidize solar for low-income families • In SCE, SDG&E and PG&E territories • RFP recently released by SCE/California Public Utilities Commission Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 26. GRID Alternatives The California Solar Initiative And Low-Income Families Making it happen Now • Approximately $6,000–7,000 per home in home rehab loan funds • Funding to support GRID Alternatives services Making it happen in the Future (As early as September 2008) • Potentially only $3,000 per home required in home rehab loan funds • No additional support required for homeowner education, system installation (i.e. GRID Alternatives) Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives
  • 27. GRID Alternatives GRID Alternatives 1610 Harrison Street, Ste C Oakland, CA 94612 www.gridalternatives.org Tel: 510-550-8535 x314 Erica Mackie emackie@gridalternatives.org Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives