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Ellensburg community solar 3 4-12-4

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Gary Nystedt of the Ellensburg Washington municipal utility discusses how to set up a community renewable project.

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Ellensburg community solar 3 4-12-4

  1. 1. EllensburgCommunity Renewable Park
  2. 2. Ellensburg
  3. 3. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark City of Ellensburg (approx 8500 utility customers )Electricity Annual Usage - 185 million kWh $11.7 millionNatural Gas Annual Usage - 9 million therms $9.5 million
  4. 4. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark Ellensburg’s Conservation /Renewable Programs1980-present $16 million in conservation project2004 - present Community Solar Project - 111 KW Small Wind Turbines - 17.6 KW
  5. 5. Ellensburg’s Community RenewablePark City of Ellensburg (approx. 8500 utility customers ) Electricity Annual Usage - 185 million kWh $11.7 million Natural Gas“the sun” Annual Usage - 9 million therms $ 9.5 millionEllensburg’s most abundant energy resource
  6. 6. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark 2004 Northwest Solar Summit identified solar barriers impacting the installation of solar systems
  7. 7. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark Solar Electric Barriers  Aesthetic concerns – solar modules on the roof  High initial costs $25 - $30,000 for a standard residential installation  Primary roof area not oriented south  Roof shading from other buildings & trees  Lack of qualified solar installers  Lack of understanding about renewable energy  Maintenance Issues
  8. 8. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark
  9. 9. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark Key Elements  overcomes many of the solar barriers  new and innovative funding approach  valuable educational tool  distributed energy resource  keeps utility dollars in the community  link to local economic development  benefits to the local utility  encourages other communities
  10. 10. Ellensburg Community RenewableParkKey Players Utility Director City Council Northwest Solar Center Bonneville Environmental Foundation Central Washington University Bonneville Power Administration Senator Rockefeller Utility Customers
  11. 11. Ellensburg Community Renewable Park A New Marketing & Financing Concept Introduced People in the Community partner with the Utility to help fund the project In exchange for their financial support – the Utility gives the Contributors a credit on their utility bill for the value of the electricity produced by the solar system
  12. 12. Ellensburg Community RenewableParkif a customer contributes the customer receives 3% 3%of the project funding kWhs produced by the solar project in theform of a “solar credit” ontheir utility bill The solar credit is given to the customer for 20 years (the length of the warrantee on the solar panels )
  13. 13. contribution for a community solar system $250 to $15,000
  14. 14. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark Pledge Brochure
  15. 15. High VisibilitySite
  16. 16. Ellensburg Solar Community Project “2004 solar concept “Local citizens partnering with the City for clean renewable energy options
  17. 17. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark Strong Educational Component CWU - Industrial Engineering Technology Department - Geography Department - Education - Faculties Management Ellensburg Public School District National Solar Tour
  18. 18. Phase I November 2006 36 KW System(120 ) 300 watt polycrystalline modules Phase ll November 2008 21 KW System(72 ) 300 watt polycrystalline modules Phase III September 2009 13.5 KW System (180) 75 watt thin film modules
  19. 19. Federal ARRA GrantEllensburg’s New Renewable Park
  20. 20. “the wind”Ellensburg’s 2nd most abundant energyresource
  21. 21. Skystream 2.4 KW
  22. 22. 2.4 KW
  23. 23. Energy Ball 2.5 KW
  24. 24. Honeywell 1.5 KW
  25. 25. 10 KW
  26. 26. 4KW
  27. 27. 5.o KW
  28. 28. Tangarie 10KW
  29. 29. Ellensburg Community RenewablePark 2012 - 2013 Complete Installation of the 3 remaining turbines Interstate & Project Signage New Data monitoring system/weather station Update Web Page

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