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History of Solar Energy in San Antoni

History of Solar Energy in San Antoni






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    History of Solar Energy in San Antoni History of Solar Energy in San Antoni Presentation Transcript

    • San Antonio’s Energy Policy: Trajectory of Transition Trajectory of Transition
      • Lanny Sinkin
      • Executive Director
      • Solar San Antonio
      • Presentation to
      • King William Neighborhood Association
      • August 3, 2011
    • Solar San Antonio
      • Created in 1999 by William Sinkin (86 years after birth on King William Street)
      • Non-profit advocacy organization
      • First years spent on educating through workshops, power breakfasts, seminars
      • More recently focused on building solar industry in San Antonio in household and small commercial area.
    • City Public Service
      • Purchased by City of San Antonio 1942
      • Established with independent Board
      • Board is self perpetuating
      • Powers of City Council limited
        • Bond and rate approval
        • Confirmation of new Board members
    • Traditional Utility Model
      • Utility viewed as simply energy provider
      • Large central generators built as needed
      • Little or no public involvement in decision-making
      • Service orientation at the customer level
      • Sell power, collect revenue, transfer 14% to City general fund
    • South Texas Nuclear Project
      • City Public Service Board voted to join partnership
      • Little public discussion
      • Approval requested from City Council
      • First public involvement
    • Citizen Involvement
      • City Council planned to vote on largest financial decision in the City’s history without one public hearing
      • Citizens demanded a public hearing
      • Council agreed to public hearing and to pay expenses to bring nationally-recognized opponent to testify
      • One hearing, then decision made
    • Citizen Movement
      • Organizations formed to oppose nuclear project
      • Linked organizations in Austin and San Antonio
      • Public forums/debates
      • Media coverage
    • Troubled Project
      • Cost overruns
      • Delays
      • Safety inspection break down
      • Federal enforcement action
      • Design and engineering break down
      • Contractor fired
    • Increased Citizen Involvement
      • CPS Energy Citizens Advisory Committee created in 1997.
      • Ten representatives recommended by City Council
      • Five members appointed by CPS Energy Board of Directors
      • Briefed monthly on utility-related projects, programs, and strategies - confidential
    • Long Term Plans
      • February 2010 - City Council adopts Mission Verde Sustainability Plan
        • Distributed Energy System
        • Green Jobs Development
        • Sustainable Buildings
        • Multi-modal Transportation System
        • Green One Stop Center
    • Long Term Plans (cont)
      • CPS Energy adopts Vision 2020 calling for 20% renewables by 2020
      • Chair Aurora Geis brings in Jeremy Rifkin; CPS Energy adopts a Third Industrial Revolution plan which calls for
        • Energy efficiency at the base
        • Pillar 1 Distributed Renewable Energy
        • Pillar II Buildings as Power Plant
        • Pillar III Energy Storage
        • Pillar IV Smart Grids and Infrastructure
    • STNP 3 and 4
      • $350 million spent on preliminary design and engineering without going to City Council = cash reserves
      • Community meetings to explain CPS Energy commitment
      • Extensive citizen opposition
      • City Council cost concerns
    • Scandal Sinks Project
      • October 2009 City Council planning first vote on $400 million bonding authority
      • Hidden cost overrun of $4 billion surfaces two days before vote
      • Mayor cancels vote
      • Investigation initiated
      • Litigation ensues
    • LeadershipTransition
      • Top management personnel resign
      • Chair CPS Board resigns
      • January 2010 new Chairman Charles Foster
      • August 2010 new CEO Doyle Beneby recruited by Foster
      • Generally hostile attitude toward solar from traditional utility executives - solar = lost revenue
    • Solar Opportunity
      • 2007 CPS Energy planned one megawatt solar plant because solar was experimental.
      • New CEO in 2010 previously involved in large inner city solar project, committed to transition to renewables
      • Two key changes
        • CPS Energy leverage to attract new companies
        • CPS Energy as economic development partner
    • New Companies
      • Five new companies to open headquarters in San Antonio
        • Street light manufacturer
        • Electrically cooled truck bed assembly
        • Solar manufacturer/integrator
        • Energy efficiency equipment
        • Clean coal
    • Rapid Solar Expansion
      • November 2010 - Blue Wing Project - 16 megawatts
      • Decision made to decommission old coal
      • Contract signed for additional 30 megawatts from SunEdison
      • RFP issued for 50 megawatts more calls for
        • manufacturing or assembly plant
        • education component
        • research and development component
    • Rapid Solar Deployment
      • 111 proposals received in response to 50 MW RFP
      • Price per kilowatt hour highly competitive
      • RFP revised to include up to 400 MW over next five years
      • Outstanding proposals received
    • Solar at the Household Level Household Level
      • Focus of Solar San Antonio
      • Program to overcome cost and information barriers
        • local lending institutions offering solar loan products - San Antonio Credit Union
        • Solar San Antonio offering assistance and connecting with local solar industry
    • Incentives
      • CPS Energy Rebate = approximately 40% of cost
      • Federal Tax Credit = 30% of total minus rebate
      • Commercial - 30% federal cash grant and 100% bonus depreciation in 2011
    • Bring Solar Home Campaign
      • Begun September 2010
      • Microsite on website = BringSolarHome.com
      • or call 210-22-SOLAR
      • Application form on website
      • Referral by Solar San Antonio to three solar companies
      • Solar companies make appointment and provide information, options, and bids
    • Beta Test Results
      • Close to 600 applications
      • 75 installations
      • Value of installations $2.5 to $3 million
      • Adding 1/2 megawatt to CPS Energy distributed energy portfolio
      • Expenditures by Solar San Antonio for staff, materials, and advertising = $60,000
    • Bring Solar Home Phase II
      • Based on “lessons learned,” revised campaign initiated on May 1, 2011
      • Additional funding resources permitting expanded campaign
      • Additional lending institutions participation - Frost Bank and BBVA Compass
      • More than 250 applications received to date
    • Solar and Historical Districts
      • Integration of solar on to historical buildings is challenging
      • More intensive examination on case by case basis
      • Ongoing discussion about best practices
      • Solar San Antonio works with City Office of Historic Preservation
    • Contact Information
      • [email_address]
      • 210-354-0236
      • BringSolarHome.com