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Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective
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  • 1. © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Collective, LLC Member owned. Nature operated.
  • 2. Introduction - Clean Energy Collective
    • Goals
      • Accelerate the adoption of long-term clean energy solutions (easier, cheaper, safer, lasting)
      • Provide utilities with lower risk and more beneficial clean energy generation (smart growth)
      • Create a manageable and mutually beneficial production partnership between utilities and consumers
    © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Collective A Colorado based company whose sole focus is to provide optimal clean energy solutions for communities. We develop and manage affordable, community-owned renewable energy facilities in partnership with local utilities.
  • 3. Clean Energy Collective Defined
      • Community-sized renewable energy
      • facilities owned in cooperative fashion by
      • customers of utilities
      • Mutually beneficial contracts between the utility, its customers and the CEC
      • Same benefits as an individual installation; metering, rebates and tax benefits
      • A long-term management and growth strategy, perpetual maintenance
    © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Collective
  • 4. Residential & Small Business Clean Energy Challenges © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Collective Challenges for Home/Business-based Systems The Clean Energy Collective Advantage High “One off” or small-scale pricing Minimum 15% savings, allowing consumers to purchase at large-system, reduced rate prices Non-ideal locations (natural resources –unobstructed solar, water, thermal, or wind) Located for optimal production, access to non-PV technologies Unwanted aesthetic impacts (roof mounting, and historical preservation) Not located at the home or business - a community location Rental – not a possibility due to a lack of ownership of the building or a common HOA Located in a community parcel Overwhelmed , d on’t want to take the time or hassle of hiring good contractors Check the box, make a payment… done!
  • 5. Opportunity for energy innovation © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Co-op, LLC Home/business-based solutions Clean Energy Co-op Advantage Expected systems life – 25 to 50 years Expected systems life – 100+ years (perpetual) kWh Production per kW installed - 50 year system production of 44,880 kWh - Year 1 -> 1,485 kWh, year 25 -> 1,073 kWh, year 50 -> 0 kWh - Adverse effects: dirt -10%, equipment -20%, unmanaged -45% - Production risk kWh Production per kW installed - 50 year system production of 82,500 kWh - Year 1 -> 1,650 kWh, year 50 -> 1,650 kWh - Managed solution (maintenance escrow - 5% of sale, 2% of generation) - Guaranteed long term production 1.8 X over 50 years 3.7 X over 100 years Cost/kWh for $2,000 utility rebate over 25 years = $0.059 (1.2X) 50 years = $0.045 (1.8X) lifetime = $0.045 (5+X) Cost/kWh for $2,000 utility rebate over 25 years = $0.048 50 years = $0.024 lifetime = < $0.01 utility oversight – High, dependant on penetration, hundreds to thousands of systems utility oversight – Minimal for a handful of large scale fully managed and maintained systems Impact on reducing utility peak demand – very limited (solutions are widely limited to non-peak solar production - increased utility cost and carbon emissions) Impact on reducing utility peak demand – sizable potential through hydro and biomass solutions as well as future power storage solutions
  • 6. Why community energy?
    • Lowers the barrier-to-entry and expands availability
      • Fractionalization enables ownership for as little as $500 (traditional solar systems require an initial investment of $10,000 - $15,000)
      • Ownership for business and resident renters (not possible today)
    • Maximum production equals maximum return on investment
      • Everyone can own clean energy - optimally placed for maximum production (no shading, trees, aesthetic considerations, permitting hurdles, etc.)
      • Maintained solutions produce more
    • Aggregated purchasing is powerful!
      • Lowers overall costs by purchasing in bulk, making clean energy ownership available to more of the public
      • Advantageous finance vehicles ( low interest loans ) are available to large groups of customers
    • A simple structure and turn-key solution to increase adoption
      • CEC handles everything : evaluating bids, managing installers and maintaining equipment
    • More adoption = more clean energy = MORE JOBS
    © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Collective
  • 7.
    • Pilot projects with local government and utility partners
    • 5 acre sites with easy utility infrastructure access
    • Up to 1 MW solar capacity
    • 3-5 year build-out goal
      • Built in trnaches based on demand
    Clean Energy Collective sites © Copyright 2009 Clean Energy Co-op, LLC
  • 8. How this works
    • 100% ownership by community members (opt-in/voluntary program)
      • Credited for power production on their utility bills
      • CEC’s RemoteMeter™ service delivers accurate production information to utility
    • All power delivered to utility via a PPA, must be an utility customer to own at this site
    • Utility receives long-term, in-network clean power at reasonable rates and paid for by private investors (no additional investment) (~$3M)
    • Utility provides a solution that
    • its members want
    © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Co-op, LLC
  • 9. RemoteMeter™ Makes It Easy
    • Turn-key remote net metering
      • Regardless of the physical proximity to the facility
    • Seamless integration with utility billing systems
      • Track and apply clean energy production credits
      • Production surplus tracked/ applied
      • depending on the utility’s policy
      • Credited directly on customer’s bill
      • Versatile integration engine
    • Easy monitoring (customer / utility)
      • Real-time clean energy production, account information and reporting
      • Meteorological Data
      • Management tools
      • Accessed online and via mobile devices
    © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Collective
  • 10. Value
    • Ability to expand into peak renewable
    • power sources (hydro, wind and biomass)
    • Stronger renewable energy mix
    • Guaranteed long term production (maintained) – predictable with increased ROI
    • Higher production for $/watt rebates
    • Simplified renewable energy growth (1 large customer versus 1000 small)
      • Reduced risk to the grid system (insurance liability)
    • Increased customer satisfaction
    • CEC handles the billing interface and modification development, preparation and monthly loading of the Collective data
    • Being an energy innovator – positive press
    © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Co-op, LLC
  • 11. Joint Marketing
    • Clean energy portion to each bill
    • Clean Energy Collective insert
      • Once a quarter
      • Introduction to CEC and support organizations
      • Clean energy calculators
    • Release of historical power info upon permission (for sizing purposes)
    © Copyright 2009 Clean Energy Collective, LLC
  • 12. Dollars and Sense - Utility Perspective Pilot 500KW = 750,000kWh/year Expense Avoided Cost
    • Power Credits (retail net-metering to customer)
      • Assume 50/50 small residential mix with large commercial rate = $.077/kWh
      • Assume 3% annual rate escalation
    20 Year cumulative: $1,551,764
    • Avoided kWh purchase
      • Assume wholesale rate=$0.04/kWh
      • Assume 3% annual rate escalation
    20 Year cumulative: $833,766 Incentives (over 3 years) from within existing rebate budget $300,000 utility’s cost for in-territory renewable generation = Retail - wholesale + rebates 20 year total = $1,133,766 Cost of Green Power Year 1 ($/kWh): $0.037/kWh + rebates 20-Year Average Cost of Green Power ($/kWh): $0.0756/kWh
  • 13. Provide customers a new solution Small rooftop PV $4,500-$5,000/KW vs. CEC group purchase $3,500/KW Pilot 500KW = 750,000 kWh/year Expense Revenue Installation Cost + insurance, maintenance escrow, land lease and other costs CAPITAL RAISED 100% BY utility CUSTOMERS $3,000,000 GEO PV rebates (over 3 years) $198,000 utility Incentives (over 3 years) from existing rebate budget $300,000
    • Federal Investment Tax Credit
      • Assume 100% taxable entities or small 3rd party financing options
  • 14. Customer relocation outside of utility?
    • Options:
    • Remains an asset of the real estate property (transferred)
    • Resell to a secondary market within the collective network
    • Transfer to a direct relative
    • Bought by the collective or utility
    • Gift to a local non-profit
    • Must meet ITC holding requirements
    © Copyright 2009 Clean Energy Collective, LLC
  • 15. For the customer it’s as easy as… © Copyright 2010 Clean Energy Co-op, LLC - utility customers get a more affordable, higher producing and perpetually sustainable clean energy solution that seamlessly lowers their electric bill. - utility gets large scale, managed clean energy solutions with reduced risk, reduced internal support cost and which have been mutually planned to benefit utility and its customers.  Checking the box on your utility bill,  Arranging payment or financing with the Clean Energy Collective  You’re DONE! Your savings will start showing on your next utility bill.