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Fla Green Incentives Kettles

  1. 1. Florida’s Green Incentives and Policies: Solar in Affordable Housing Colleen McCann Kettles 2009 Florida Affordable Housing Conference
  2. 2. FlaSEREF <ul><li>Established by the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association to promote the growth of solar energy in Florida </li></ul><ul><li>Operates as a contractor on behalf of the Governor’s Energy Office </li></ul><ul><li>Administers the SunBuilt, SunCatcher and Public Awareness Programs </li></ul>Page 
  3. 3. FlaSEREF Programs <ul><li>SunBuilt Program: Incentives for builders installing solar water heaters on new homes </li></ul><ul><li>SunCatcher Program: Promoting use of solar energy on hotels, restaurants and condominiums </li></ul><ul><li>Public Awareness: Toll free hotline, website, educational materials </li></ul>Page 
  4. 4. Solar in Affordable Housing <ul><li>Solar Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Water Heating </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Pool Heating </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Electric (Photovoltaics – PV) </li></ul>Page  * Place your footnotes here
  5. 5. Solar Water Heating Page 
  6. 6. Solar Water Heating Page 
  7. 7. Solar Water Heating <ul><li>Uses the suns heat to produce hot water for domestic use </li></ul><ul><li>Provides 50 to 90 percent of household hot water needs (back up electric or gas is provided) </li></ul><ul><li>Water heating represents about 15% of household energy consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Systems are tested and certified </li></ul><ul><li>Contractors are licensed and insured and subject to continuing education requirements </li></ul>Page 
  8. 8. Solar Water Heating <ul><li>Financial Incentives Include: </li></ul><ul><li>30% Federal Residential Tax Credit </li></ul><ul><li>30% Federal Business Investment Credit </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Sales Tax Exemption </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Solar Rebate Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$500 for residential systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$15/1,000 Btu for commercial systems ($5,000 cap) </li></ul></ul>Page 
  9. 9. Solar Pool Heating Page 
  10. 10. Solar Pool Heating <ul><li>Uses the sun’s heat to increase pool water temperature </li></ul><ul><li>Most cost effective use of solar energy </li></ul><ul><li>Licensed contractors, certified equipment </li></ul><ul><li>No federal tax credit available </li></ul><ul><li>State solar rebate of $100 </li></ul><ul><li>Florida sales tax exemption </li></ul>Page 
  11. 11. Photovoltaics (Solar Electric – PV) Page 
  12. 12. Photovoltaics (Solar Electric – PV) Page 
  13. 13. Photovoltaics (Solar Electric – PV) <ul><li>Uses the light of the sun to generate electricity </li></ul><ul><li>Produces alternative current electricity which is converted to direct current </li></ul><ul><li>Systems are grid tied with the serving utility or in some cases off grid with battery back up </li></ul><ul><li>Applications include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remote Power (off-grid applications, highway signage, street lighting, water pumping) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distributed Generation (grid-connected residential and commercial applications) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Station (utility scale applications) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Products (watches, calculators, garden lighting) </li></ul></ul>Page 
  14. 14. Photovoltaics (Solar Electric – PV) <ul><li>Requires subsidies to be cost effective in most cases, but costs are declining </li></ul><ul><li>Rising electric rates improve cost effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Florida law provides for net metering and interconnection with electric utility </li></ul><ul><li>Utility programs provide additional investment incentives </li></ul>Page 
  15. 15. Photovoltaics (Solar Electric – PV) <ul><li>Financial Incentives Include: </li></ul><ul><li>30% Federal Residential Tax Credit </li></ul><ul><li>30% Federal Business Investment Credit (available as a grant through 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Sales and Property Tax Exemptions </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Solar Rebate Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$4 per watt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$20,000 cap for residential systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$100,000 cap for commercial </li></ul></ul>Page 
  16. 16. SunBuilt Program Page 
  17. 17. SunBuilt Program <ul><li>A Florida-based builder program </li></ul><ul><li>Supports a builder’s transition into green building and energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Allows both builders and their customers to interact with solar water heating technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Provides $500 builder installation rebates </li></ul><ul><li>Supplies builders with client educational and promotional materials </li></ul>Page 
  18. 18. S unBuilt Program Page  <ul><li>Builder agrees to participate at gold or silver level by signing pledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Builder receives rebate and client educational materials for model or Parade home(s). </li></ul>How it Works <ul><li>Solar contractor installs solar water heater and builder submits rebate application. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Gold Builder – 100% of Homes with Solar Water Heaters Page  <ul><li>Sign Gold Builder Pledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Fillout and submit system voucher application. </li></ul><ul><li>Receive approval from SunBuilt Program to install free system. </li></ul><ul><li>Install system. </li></ul><ul><li>Receive materials for Model Home(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Submit rebate application after each installation . </li></ul>
  20. 20. Utility Incentives for Solar <ul><li>Include rebates, low interest loans, and performance based incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Consider energy efficiency incentives as well to maximize conservation efforts and optimize solar investments </li></ul><ul><li>Gulf Power, Progress Energy, JEA, GRU, OUC, City of Tallahassee, Clay Electric Cooperative currently offer solar incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Orange County provides supplement to Progress Energy and OUC customers </li></ul><ul><li>Current proceeding before the Florida Public Service Commission will result in new utility program offerings </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flaseref.org/utilityIncentives.html </li></ul>Page 
  21. 21. Renewable Energy Technology Grant Program <ul><li>Awarded funds to solar and other renewable projects in 2007 and 2008 through competitive bid process </li></ul><ul><li>Extended program to energy efficiency as well for 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulus funds have been requested to fund 2009 projects through the “Shovel Ready” program request ($20 million) </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulus funds have been requested to fund additional projects through the Renewable Energy Sector Grant Program ($24 million) </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraged funding is required </li></ul>Page 
  22. 22. State Energy Program/Block Grants <ul><li>Competitive Grants to Local Government (60% Federal Requirement) </li></ul><ul><li>The Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007, in establishing the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant, requires that States pass-through 60% of funds received to cities and counties that did not receive a direct allocation from the United States </li></ul><ul><li>The State of Florida proposes to provide these funds to non-entitlement cities and counties through a competitive grant process that incorporates federal program guidance by reference. </li></ul><ul><li>Program Year Funds: $18,240,960.00 </li></ul>Page 
  23. 23. Federal Incentives for Energy Efficiency <ul><li>Tax Credits for Consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1,500, in 2009 & 2010 (for existing homes only) for: </li></ul><ul><li>Windows and Doors </li></ul><ul><li>Insulation </li></ul><ul><li>Roofs (Metal and Asphalt) </li></ul><ul><li>HVAC </li></ul><ul><li>Water Heaters (non-solar) </li></ul><ul><li>Biomass Stoves </li></ul>Page 
  24. 24. Federal Incentives for Energy Efficiency <ul><li>Home Builders </li></ul><ul><li>$2,000 tax credit for a new energy efficient home that achieves 50% energy savings for heating and cooling over the model code </li></ul><ul><li>At least 1/5 of the energy savings must come from building envelope improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Applies to new homes located in the United States whose construction is substantially completed after August 8, 2005 and that are acquired from the eligible contractor for use as a residence from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2009 </li></ul>Page 
  25. 25. Too Much Information! <ul><li>http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/recovery.html </li></ul>Page 
  26. 26. Solar Weatherization Assistance Program <ul><li>Pilot program initiated by US DOE, Florida DCA and FSEC from 1994 to 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Solar water heaters were installed on homes of weatherization clients in communities throughout Florida </li></ul><ul><li>Program results allowed solar water heaters to be considered as an eligible measure in the US Weatherization Assistance Program </li></ul><ul><li>System costs and WAP budget limitations are challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Front Porch Florida Program reintroduced SWAP to their communities in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulus funding has significantly increased WAP funds, and solar is an eligible measure, subject to prior approval </li></ul>Page 
  27. 27. Solar Weatherization Assistance Program <ul><li>Renewable energy systems such as solar water heating will be considered during WAP PY 2009-12. </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-grantees interested in installing this renewable energy system should contact the state office for clarification of guidelines. </li></ul><ul><li>Weatherization measures that are required through the Priority List and audits must be provided before installation of a renewable energy saving system may be considered. </li></ul><ul><li>Prior approval for installation of a renewable energy saving system is required from the state office. </li></ul>Page 
  28. 28. Miami Dade Community Action Agency <ul><li>Miami Dade Solar Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most active WAP agency under the original SWAP program </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by the Board of County Commissioners, the Solar Water Heater Program provides for the installation of solar water heating systems in low income households </li></ul><ul><li>Originated by Commissioner Katy Sorenson to serve residents of her district, the program was extended to provide for installations county wide. </li></ul>Page 
  29. 29. Commissioner Sorenson, CAA Director and Solar Client Page 
  30. 30. For more information - <ul><li>www.flaseref.org </li></ul><ul><li>1-800-59SOLAR </li></ul><ul><li>www.flaseia.org </li></ul><ul><li>1-800-426-5899 </li></ul><ul><li>www.askaboutsolar.com </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Page 