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1 Solar for Homeowners Bear Valley Solar Initiative (BVSI) February, Laura Williams, Project Manager

2 Our Mission: Accelerate the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy

3 CSE Disclaimer Workshops are provided as a public service with the understanding that the Center for Sustainable Energy makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability of the information. The Center for Sustainable Energy does not endorse any particular product, manufacturer or service mentioned and does not represent that any goods or services are fit for any purpose or use. Along the same lines, this is an informational workshop designed for homeowners. If you are in the energy efficiency or solar market, please refrain from pitching your products or services in this workshop.

4 Measure Electricity The kw is a unit of power Power is the rate at which electricity is generated or used The kwh is a unit of energy Energy is a measure of how much electricity over a specific period of time

5 Reduce Before You Produce!

6 Home Energy Loss

7 Think Energy Efficiency First Energy efficiency improvements reduce the amount of energy your home wastes. Make your home energy efficient before you go solar you may be able to get a smaller solar system! Energy efficiency improvements also bring quality-of-life benefits: Comfort: Adding insulation and sealing air leakage helps keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Health: Sealing leaky ducts helps keep dust and irritants out of your home. Safety: Ensuring your natural gas appliances are operating properly reduces risk of gas leaks or carbon monoxide.

8 How does Solar PV work?

9 What is Solar Electricity? Photo-voltaic (PV) photo = light voltaic = produces voltage

10 PV Panels/Modules

11 PV Terminology Cell Module / Panel Array

12 Terminology DC: Direct Current (produced by solar panels) AC: Alternating Current (used in the home) Efficiency: Measure of how much of the sunlight is converted to electricity (%) Capacity: Total amount of power that a system produces Watt: Basic unit of power

13 Solar Panels/Modules Rigid crystals Longest track record, over 50 years Most common, over 93% of the market Highest efficiencies: avg. 15%, up to 22% 100 sq. ft. = 1 kw of solar Extreme heat reduces performance Shade highly reduces performance

14 Traditional PV Panels (checker pattern)

15 Home with PV (front view) PV located here

16 Same Home with PV (side view)

17 Flat Roof Installation with Tilt Kit

18 Ground Mount

19 Thin Film PV Products Can be applied on many different materials Lower efficiencies: avg. 7%, up to 15% sq. ft. = 1 kw of solar High heat somewhat reduces performance Shading moderately reduces performance

20 Integrated Roofing Tiles Pros Visually appealing Replaces roofing material Lightweight Avoids having to drill through roof Cons Expensive (60% higher cost) Less efficient

21 Inverters

22 What is an Inverter? DC (Direct Current) AC (Alternating Current) Inverters change DC electricity from panels to AC electricity for use in your home

23 Central Inverters One individual inverter per array Benefits: Older technology Central point of failure Disadvantage: Shading effects power output dramatically Cannot see the output at the panel level Does not allow for easy system size increases

24 Micro Inverters One individual inverter per panel. Benefits: More tolerant to shade Allows flexibility in design and for future additions Easier trouble-shooting Disadvantage: Newer technology

25 PV System Maintenance?

26 System Sizing Rule of Thumb a. Total your 12 month electricity consumption (kwh) b. Divide the annual kwh by 1700kWh (average annual production of 1kW in Southern California).» This will give you the number of kw that would offset your energy use Example: 7,000kWh / 1,700kWh = 4.1 kw PV System **Remember: this will offset 100% of your annual energy use**

27 What is Net Metering? Net metering is a method of banking excess electricity credits.

28 How does Net Metering work? The utility grid is a two-way street: During the day, when electricity usage is typically low, excess electricity produced can be sent back to the grid by the customer (accruing credits) At night, when electricity usage is high and solar system does not produce, the credit that was accumulated throughout the day is used.

29 California Solar Surplus Act AB 920 requires the utility to purchase over generation by net metered utility customers. Purchase price is current wholesale rate

30 Federal Tax Credit 30% of the total system cost One-time credit, but may be carried over Available through 2016 Available for both photovoltaics (PV) and solar water heating systems Talk to your tax professional!

31 Find a Contractor 1. Find solar contractors at: Friends, Family, Neighbors, Co-Workers 2. Contact a minimum of 3 contractors and ask for quotes 3. One of the following active licenses is required: A General Engineering Contractor B General Building Contractor C10 Electrical Contractor C46 Solar Contractor

32 Researching Solar Contractors Remember to ask for references!

33 California State License Board (CSLB)

34 Average System Cost in California $3 - $6 / Watt (AC)* (Average cost of residential PV System) *Based on data from other solar rebate programs in California

35 Consumer Awareness Avoid High Pressure Signing Tactics If you do not sign up today you will lose out on incentives and tax credits Don t sign anything you do not understand Don t sign anything you do not think can be enforced in a court of law

36 Keep Records Copy, scan or photograph all signed documents Changes to the contract should be noted on an addendum and signed or initialed

37 Financing Options Lease Fixed $ per Month Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Fixed $ per kwh produced by system Loan Home Equity Loan: bank loan secured with equity in home (if available) Energy Efficient / Solar Loan Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) *Participating districts only Finance up to 100% of the project and pay it back over time through existing property tax bill

38 Financing Options

39 What to Look for in a Contract 1. Installer and Host Customer Information 2. System Size 3. Make/Model/Quantity of Panels and Inverters 4. Warranty Language 5. Work Schedule/Description of Work 6. Price/Payment Schedule 7. Know all Parties Involved

40 Warranty Requirements All equipment (PV modules, inverters ) shall have a minimum 10-year manufacturer performance warranty to protect against degradation of more than 15% from their originally rated electrical output. All contractors shall provide a minimum 10-year installation warranty to provide for no-cost repair and replacement of the system for any expenses not otherwise covered by the manufacturer.

41 Price and Payment Schedule The total purchase price of the system installation before applying the incentive including payment terms (payment dates and dollar amounts) is required to be on all contracts Down Payment - $1,000 or 10% of total project cost (which ever is less) Late payment repercussions

42 Work Description and Schedule Description of the work to be performed Clear concise description of the scope of work that you feel comfortable with and understand. Work Schedule Average time between signing a contract and commissioning is 90 days Average time of installation is 2-3 days

43 Bear Valley Solar Initiative (BVSI) Program launched January 1, 2015 Step 1 incentive: $1.60/watt to apply

44 BVSI Program 800kW Goal 4 Steps Step 1 $1.60/watt, 155kW Step 2 $1.30/watt, 180kW Step 3 $1.09/watt, 215kW Step 4 $0.94/watt, 250kW

45 How to Apply for a Solar Rebate Documents Required Rebate Claim Form EPBI Calculator printout Copy of the installation contract or invoice

46 How to Apply for a Solar Rebate Site Information Applicant Host Customer System Owner Contractor Energy Efficiency System Information Project Cost Document Upload

47 On Site Load & Energy Efficiency PV must serve on-site load System based on 12 month kwh usage of the Host Customer Less then 12 months of kwh data 5kW and larger

48 Performance Monitoring and Reporting Required for all systems 10kW or larger Host Customer is responsible for the choice and installation of the metering hardware. Eligible PMRS Providers GoSolar California _perf.php Data submitted bi-annual for one year 15 minute intervals Section 8, BVSI Handbook

49 System Eligibility Requirements PV system must be installed by a licensed CA contractor Eligible licenses are A, B, C-10 or C-46 Self-installation are eligible for solar rebates Minimum system size is 1kW Maximum incentivized system size is 50kW per site System must be interconnected to the BVES utility grid within the past 12 months from application submittal date

50 Field Inspection Overview 1 in 12 BVSI projects will be inspected First 2 projects by a new contractor Contractor list Third Party Inspector - Burnham Nationwide

51 Field Inspection Overview Conduct shading analysis Determine tilt and azimuth of each array Inspect and verify system components Take photographs of major system components Record system output (kw) Measure environmental conditions (irradiance, temperature) Review inspection findings and compare to submitted forms

52 What to Think About Before Going Solar Do you have space for the panels? What direction could your system face? Will shading pose a problem for your system? What are your HOA restrictions? (Civil code 714) Talk to your homeowners insurance company before adding solar to your home.

53 Online Resources - Bear Valley Solar Initiative Website Bear Valley Electric Service - CPUC and CEC Website - Contractor State License Board - Better Business Bureau - Customer Reviews - CSI Program Data - Property Assessed Clean Energy - Financing Information

54 Contact Information Bear Valley Solar Initiative Laura Williams Project Manager Bear Valley Electric Service

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