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Joy Hughes - Solar Gardens


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The community solar gardens program is beginning in Colorado -get the inside scoop on how the program is developing from Solar Gardens Institute founder Joy Hughes.

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Joy Hughes - Solar Gardens

  1. 1. Joy Hughes – Solar Gardens Institute<br />Solar Gardens development in Colorado<br />
  2. 2. Sprouting up Everywhere<br />Maps showing community solar interest<br />
  3. 3. Saguache Solar Garden – 200 kW<br />A private / public partnership with the Town of Saguache on a former dump site. Subscribers include town buildings, library district, low income.<br />Charles Tidd,<br />Solar Gardener<br />
  4. 4. Jeffco Open Garden – 500 kW<br />A privately owned former mine site, divided into parcels of approx. 1 acre. SPH is issuing a Solicitation of Interest for at least four solar gardens on the site. <br />Rachel Emmer,<br />Solar Gardener<br />
  5. 5. Cost Control<br />Minimize fixed cost per solar garden- KISS principle, no bells and whistles<br />Ownership models – competitive process<br />Minimal software needed for XCEL projects<br />Revenue sharing and contingency pay<br />
  6. 6. The Big Test<br />CU Denver business students to conduct a test of solar gardens business models<br />Considering models from all SGI members<br />Analyze costs and benefits to subscribers, hosts, and investors / sponsors<br />
  7. 7. Model for Smaller Arrays: University Park, Maryland LLC<br />Legal documents available FREE<br />Limited to 35 members – no advertising<br />Good for churches, HOAs, neighborhood associations<br />Can be used to power common buildings or as a solar garden<br />
  8. 8. Low and Mid Income Subscribers A Colorado Cooperative<br />Small investors provide “sponsorship” for subscribers in any solar garden (including Clean Energy Collective and others)<br />Might be used as subscriber organization - third party finance needed ( C3PO ) for tax purposes<br />Broad securities exemption under Colorado law<br />
  9. 9. Call for Projects!<br />Solar gardens or community supported arrays of any size<br />Consulting from the SPH “Dream Team”<br />Least cost / best fit ownership models – low overhead<br />Use your own equipment / finance / installers – or use ours<br />
  10. 10. SGI’s Mission<br />To educate the public about community solar energy.<br />To promote community solar energy legislation at the federal level and in each state<br />To assist local organizations in organizing, developing, and managing community-owned solar energy projects everywhere.<br />To make affordable solar energy available for all humanity<br />
  11. 11. Solar Gardener Program<br />Original Gardener Gary Nystedt– Ellensburg Community Renewable Park<br />A solar gardener is a grassroots community organizer and project manager<br />Receive training, tools, mutual aid<br />Participate in Governance<br />“Sweat Equity” – paid in panels<br />
  12. 12. Legislation in Play<br />SB 843 – California “solar gardens”<br />Template law for Maryland and more<br />SUN Act – Tax credit for subscribers<br />Restoration of PACE<br />
  13. 13. A Constitutional Convention for SGI <br />*<br />*<br />(Like this, but more diverse)<br /><ul><li>A mix of industry, hosts, subscribers
  14. 14. Elect board and officers for SGI
  15. 15. Adopt mission, founding principles, initial goals
  16. 16. Establish consent based “dynamic governance”</li></li></ul><li> Member Benefits<br />SGI press releases / communications<br />Present at colloquia / other events<br />Logo on SGI website<br />Solar gardener program<br />Subscriber connection<br />Participate in governance<br />Research and legislative analysis<br />
  17. 17. SGI Membership<br />Corporate - 500 kW+ $1000<br />Integrator - 100-500 kW $500<br />Community – under 100 kW $250<br />Nonprofit $100<br />Individual $25<br />