Joy Hughes - California Solar Gardens


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SB843 is a bill in the California legislature that will create a program for community owned "solar gardens", to provide solar power for those with shaded roofs, renters, and historic districts. I was to present this in Oakland on Sept. 7, 2011, but was unable to display it due to technical difficulties.

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Joy Hughes - California Solar Gardens

  1. 1. Joy Hughes – Solar Gardens Institute
  2. 2. Sprouting up EverywhereMaps showing community solar interest
  3. 3. Saguache Solar Garden – 200 kW A private / public partnership with the Town of Saguache on a former dump site. Subscribers include town buildings, library district, low income.Charles Tidd,Solar Gardener
  4. 4. Jeffco Open Garden – 500 kWA privately owned former mine site, divided into parcels ofapprox. 1 acre. SPH is issuing a Solicitation of Interest forat least four solar gardens on the site.Rachel Emmer,Solar Gardener
  5. 5. Cost Controlž  Minimize fixed cost per solar garden- KISS principle, no bells and whistlesž  Ownership models – competitive processž  Minimal software needed for XCEL projectsž  Revenue sharing and contingency pay
  6. 6. The Big Testž  CUDenver business students to conduct a test of solar gardens business modelsž  Considering models from all SGI membersž  Analyzecosts and benefits to subscribers, hosts, and investors / sponsors
  7. 7. Model for Smaller Arrays:University Park, Maryland LLC ž  Legal documents available FREE ž  Limited to 35 members – no advertising ž  Good for churches, HOAs, neighborhood associations ž  Canbe used to power common buildings or as a solar garden
  8. 8. Low and Mid Income Subscribers A Colorado Cooperativež  Small investors provide “sponsorship” for subscribers in any solar garden (including Clean Energy Collective and others)ž  Might be used as subscriber organization - third party finance needed ( C3PO ) for tax purposesž  Broad securities exemption under Colorado law
  9. 9. Call for Projects!ž  Solar gardens or community supported arrays of any sizež  Consulting from the SPH “Dream Team”ž  Least cost / best fit ownership models – low overheadž  Useyour own equipment / finance / installers – or use ours
  10. 10. SGI’s Missionž  To educate the public about community solar energy.ž  To promote community solar energy legislation at the federal level and in each statež  To assist local organizations in organizing, developing, and managing community-owned solar energy projects everywhere.ž  To make affordable solar energy available for all humanity
  11. 11. Solar Gardener ProgramOriginal Gardener Gary Nystedt –Ellensburg Community Renewable Park ž  A solar gardener is a grassroots community organizer and project manager ž  Receive training, tools, mutual aid ž  Participate in Governance ž  “Sweat Equity” – paid in panels
  12. 12. Legislation in Playž  SB 843 – California “solar gardens”ž  Template law for Maryland and morež  SUN Act – Tax credit for subscribersž  Restoration of PACE
  13. 13. A Constitutional Convention for SGI * * (Like this, but more diverse) •  A mix of industry, hosts, subscribers •  Elect board and officers for SGI •  Adopt mission, founding principles, initial goals •  Establish consent based “dynamic governance”
  14. 14. Member Benefitsž  SGI press releases / communicationsž  Present at colloquia / other eventsž  Logo on SGI websitež  Solar gardener programž  Subscriber connectionž  Participate in governancež  Research and legislative analysis
  15. 15. SGI Membershipž  Corporate - 500 kW+ $1000ž  Integrator - 100-500 kW $500ž  Community – under 100 kW $250ž  Nonprofit $100ž  Individual $25