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  • Solar open houses are when you arrange with the homeowner and installer a public viewing to watch the install happen live
  • Please use an example from one of the other programs for a cost scenario, we can not legally put out there hypothetical estimates like this.
  • Solarize fuusa 120813

    1. 1. Community Solar - An Opportunity for Troy, NY – presented to: FUUSA presented by: Transition Troy Steve Andersen transitionsteve@yahoo.com December 8, 2013 1
    2. 2. Today’s Objectives 1. Introduction to community solar, aka ‘solarize’ 2. List of next steps 3. Discussion of other opportunities 2
    3. 3. What Stops People From Going Solar? • Perceived High Cost • Technical Complexity • Not Enough Time to Figure it All Out 3
    4. 4. Community Solar Goals • Reduce price of solar installations • Screen vendor proposals to offer a few sets of well designed solar configurations • Increase the annual rate of solar installations 4
    5. 5. How does Community Solar work? • Overcomes COST: Competitive bidding and bulk purchasing discounts • Overcomes Complex Process: Community Education and outreach 5
    6. 6. Program Options • Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV; electricity) • Solar Thermal (domestic hot water) • Ground Mounted and Roof Mounted • Purchase and Lease; Low-interest Loans, Incentive Grants 6
    7. 7. The Solarize Process • • • • • • • • Form a steering committee Designate Project Manager Organize volunteers Send out a request for proposals (RFP) Select winning proposal Define tiered pricing structure Public education outreach Once an installer is chosen, begin enrollment, conduct workshops • Enrollees contacted by selected installer 7
    8. 8. Sample Components of Outreach and Education • • • • • • • Solar education workshops & Q&A meetings Neighborhood canvassing/block parties Solar open houses/tours Articles in the press Radio interviews Ads in the local papers Posters, quarter-cards, etc. 8
    9. 9. 2013 Timeline Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Request for Proposals (RFP) released to Installers Review of Installer Proposals Preliminary Public Outreach Campaign Sign-Up Open Systems Under Installation Celebration  Program Review 9
    10. 10. Sample numbers for a 5.2 kW roof-mounted Solar PV system in Tompkins County Base Price = Base Price = $3.75/W $3.05/W Initial Pricing of System $19,500 $15,860 -$7,280 -7,280 $12,220 $8,580 Federal Tax Credit 30% Installation costs -$3,666 -$2,574 State Tax Credit 25% capped at $5,000 lifetime credit – roll over 5 yrs -$3,055 -$2,145 $5,499 $3,861 NYSERDA Rebate (paid to installer) $1.40/W Incentive is reduced to $1.10/W Out of Pocket Cost (basis for tax credits) Final Cost to Customer at Base Price Assuming all tax credits are realized Not all participants will qualify for tax credits, please see your tax professional for specific information related to your individual tax situation. 10
    11. 11. Solar installations in Tompkins County Data from NYSERDA Powerclerk Solarize Tompkins SE (Caroline, Danby, Dryden) 2013 as of 21 August: •50 Solar PV contracts, 292 kW (at least 100 projected!) •26 Solar Hot Water contracts 11
    12. 12. Solar PV Installations by Sector in Madison County, NY 2003-2012 30 Number Installation Completed 1 25 20 15 27 10 4 1 5 0 7 1 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 8 2 Installation Year Residential Commercial Government Figure 2. S olar PV Installation for Madison County, New York by market sector . [ * 2012-Solarize data indicates contracts signed, not completed installs.] (S ource: NYS ERDA Power Clerk; accessed March 5,2013) According to NYSERDA, by the close of 2012, Madison County had a total of 46 residential, nine From Myers, commercial and one government solar PV systems completed for a total of 421.5 kilowatts of J., J. Hart, P. Hofmeyer. 2013. Solarize Madison Pilot (2012): Program solar. In 2012, Learned. Evaluation and Lessons Solarize Madison had 16 direct-own installations completed totaling 86.8 kilowatts and three leased systems completed totaling 19.6 kilowatts of new solar. Non- 12
    13. 13. www.solarizetompkinsse.org 13
    14. 14. www.solarizemadison.com 14
    15. 15. Solarize Handbook • Background on the program as it was developed in Portland with support from the DOE and others • Brief case studies of other Solarize programs nationwide Available at: www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/54738.pdf 15
    16. 16. Next Steps 1. Transition Troy introducing community solar 2. Transition Albany introduced concept to Mayor Elect Kathy Sheehan 3. Concept to be introduced to 1. Transition Schenectady 2. Sustainable Saratoga 3. Delmar (Bill Reinhardt) 4. Other? 16

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