Virginia Update on Solar Energy Policies and Programs


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Ken Jurman shares the latest incentives and policies for solar energy available in the state of Virginia.

Ken Jurman is the Renewable Energy Director at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

This presentation was given December 4, 2009 at the Solar Energy Focus Conference: Fall 2009 hosted by the Maryland, DC, Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) in Gaithersburg, MD.

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Virginia Update on Solar Energy Policies and Programs

  1. 1. Virginia Update on Solar Energy Policies & Programs Ken Jurman Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
  2. 2. 2008 RE Legislative Activities
  3. 3. 2009 RE Legislative Activities
  4. 4. Net Metering – 2009 Update •2000 – Net metering begins. Residential systems up to 10 kilowatts, non-residential capped at 25 kW •2004 - non-residential capacity raised to 500 kW •2006 - extended eligibility to other renewable technologies and permitted lease financing for net-metered systems •2007 - aggregate limit on raised from 0.1% to 1% & Utility required to purchase customer net excess at a rate approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. •2008 – SCC established buy-back rate: PJM Interconnection zonal day-ahead annual, simple average locational marginal price. •2009 - Utility can elect a higher capacity limits for NM facilities; •Permits customers served on time-of-use tariffs to participate; •Eligible customer-generator owns the renewable energy certificates with option to sell to utility.
  5. 5. 227 PV installations Interconnected 20 small wind installations 872 total installed kilowatts: Renewables Kilowatts Installed as of October 2009 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  6. 6. Local Option Property Tax Exemption Allows counties and localities to exempt, or partly exempt renewable energy system from the property taxes paid each year. AS OF 2009 only 19 of 130 counties and cities allow the exemption.
  7. 7. Clean Energy Financing Local governments authorized to establish a loan program to provide financing for clean energy improvements to property owners via local ordinance.
  8. 8. Toothless in 2007: Prohibition against covenants restricting solar “Except to the extent provided in the condominium instruments, declaration, or rules and regulations duly adopted pursuant thereto, no community association shall enact any provisions restricting solar power or the use of solar energy collection device on units or lots that are part of the development”
  9. 9. 2009 Amendment
  10. 10. A few teeth in 2009 Sort of…
  11. 11. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  12. 12. Virginia’s $86 million Bundle of Joy (and pain…)
  13. 13. $38 Million for Renewables $10 million in Competitive Grants for Local Government and School Facilities $13 million in Grants for State Government Facilities $15 million for in Rebates for Residential/Commercial/Nonprofits
  14. 14. $15 million for Residential, Commercial and Nonprofit Rebates Divided (flexibly) between solar thermal, wind and PV. $2.00 per watt for PV $1.50 per watt small wind $1.00 per watt (equivalent) solar thermal
  15. 15. PV Rebate Amounts: Residential: 10 kW for PV and wind (based on Va. net metering de minimis). Commercial/Nonprofit: $2.00/watt for 1-10 kilowatts $1.75/watt 10-20 kW $1.50/watt 20-30 kW $1.25/watt 30-40 kW $1.00/watt 40 kW up to maximum of 200 kilowatts.
  16. 16. Original Program Requirements Solar thermal: certified to meet the Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation’s (SRCC) OG-300 Photovoltaic/Wind: grid-interconnected and which meet all state requirements under Virginia’s “net metering” regulations. Awarded first come-first served basis. Not retroactive.
  17. 17. Installer Requirements Must be licensed contractors registered with all relevant agencies to legally perform business in the Commonwealth. Must demonstrate proficiency (training, experience, certification, etc.) No homeowner do-it-yourself allowed
  18. 18. You win some – you lose some… Off-grid installations must be allowed OG-300 out the window Lower commercial cap Requirement to demonstrate competency Retroactive back to June 26, 2009 Homeowner “do-it-yourselfers” allowed
  19. 19. Do it yourself solar thermal…
  20. 20. Initial Breakdown ~$18 million $7,000,000.00 $6,000,000.00 $5,000,000.00 $4,000,000.00 $3,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $0.00 al al V d V d in in rm lP rm lP lW lW he cia he tia tia cia en lT lT er en m sid cia er tia m sid m en er Re Co m Re m sid Co m Re Co
  21. 21. Initial Cleaning ~ $13 million $5,000,000.00 $4,500,000.00 $4,000,000.00 $3,500,000.00 $3,000,000.00 $2,500,000.00 $2,000,000.00 $1,500,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $500,000.00 $0.00 al al V V d d in in rm lP rm lP lW lW he cia he tia tia cia en lT lT er en m sid cia er tia m sid m en er Re Co m Re m sid Co m Re Co
  22. 22. Unresolved “Issues” NEPA (“categorical exclusion” for wind < 20kW and ground- mounted PV <60 kW) Davis Bacon Wage Act National Historic Preservation Act
  23. 23. Questions?