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1 Community Solar Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Energy 2013 Conference Warren McKenna -- Farmers Electric Cooperative

2 Solar Energy Paradigm Shift FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: Solar Is Going to Overtake Everything Geothermal, wind, and other resources will supplement solar, Wellinghoff said.

3 Listen to the customer! Maria Urice I had a customer that stopped in our office to complain about her high energy usage of around 300 kwhrs. One of the lowest use customers we have. I found out she had a Masters in Environmental Science so I hired her as a consultant. We reshaped all of our programs to meet the following goals.

4 FEC - The Vision 25x25 25% reduction of outside energy purchased by 2025 Inside out (distributed) <> Outside in (central station) view of energy use Performance based energy model for long term sustainability Low line loss, high load factor, high reliability Money flows and stays within the community!!! Energy Tracking and Monitoring (3%) Energy Efficiency and Conservation (7%) Elimination of load building rebates! (no electric heat or water heater rebate) Renewable Energy (15% energy) (30%/PD) Solar Schools & Educating the community (55 KW+) Site Based Customer owned (400 KW) Community Solar / Solar Garden (100 KW) Solar Farm Cooperative Ownership (1 MW)

5 A Solar Garden is a community shared solar array(s) with grid-connected subscribers where power is credited to your electric bill, as if the panels were on your own property.

6 Community Solar is growing fast

7 Ownership model (buy) Virtual Metering Credit directly on the customer bill based on the number of modules owned and kwhrs generated. Settled monthly. Customer buys the actual module and utility owns the infrastructure. Subscription model (lease) Credit is based on dollars invested as an ownership share. Typical for HOA s, renters, affordable housing, and historic districts. Settled quarterly or annually. Utility or 3 rd party owns the entire field and pays investors (customers).

8 Solar Gardeners Getting Started Community organizer and project manager Find host sites and subscribers for solar gardens and community supported energy Organize for policy Community and Utility Work with local non-profits, apply for grants

9 Host Sites Where to put it Near 3-Phase distribution line, transformer, or substation About kilowatts (kw) per acre Industrial sites Retired farmland Reclaimed landfills, buffer zones, and parks Parking lots, storage Large roofs Water Treatment plants Airports

10 Municipal Utilities' Utility Board or City Council approval Ellensburg (WA) 100 kw Utility managed, subscribers lease panels Sacramento (CA) 1 MW Utility owned, subscribers buy blocks of power Colorado Springs (CO) 4 gardens, 500 kw each Third party owned, subscriber s buy modules

11 Subscribers Anyone who is grid connected Must be within service territory same utility Residential affluent and moderate income Local Business and Industry Farmers Non-profits, libraries, schools, hospitals, churches Municipal and county buildings

12 Customer Owned Panels Community Supported Energy Individual ownership of panels Cost range from $350 - $ 500 per module about $ / Kw (some as high as $1000/mod) Up front payment or loan (we have done short term) Pay-back time 10 to 15 years (fair ROI/year) Low income assignment/allocation (mod assignment) Credit on power bill at net-billing or PPA rate

13 Obstacles High potential but slow growth Lack of access to federal tax incentives Securities regulation Subscription or lease versus ownership shares Ground-mount versus rooftop solar installations Utility participation, interconnection, metering Overpriced installation Gold plating Zoning, permitting, environmental approvals

14 Very very popular program!!! Production shown on Bill. Credits averages $ 3.50/mod/mnth 10 module max ownership Separate input rate Certificate of ownership with mod serial # issued

15 FEC Introduced at 20 panels for $ 250 each and they sold in 2 days We kept a list and double panel offering to 40 Increased the price to around $ 400 and offered discount to area Churches. Sold offering in first week. Currently have 112 modules and 90 participants Recently offered another row of 40 modules

16 Production Credits (FEC model) kwhrs to $ and measurement, monitoring, billing All modules are socialized under a single meter 1 kwhr / number of modules = Allocation Factor 1/112 = x kwhrs x ModQty = -kwh -kwh x Rate = Credit averages $3/mnth/mod

17 FEC Customer Survey Decision to purchase 1. Easy way to invest 2. Concern about environment 3. Quick payback 4. Keep payments in community

18 Iowa Mennonite School Community & Solar School 50 KW

19 AEE Dealer Conference in AZ -- 1 st annual 2007 Greensburg Greentown in KS, -- Rebuild after Tornado RMI and SEI in CO, Small is Profitable distributed model Make It Right in LA, -- New Orleans housing Sierra Club Iowa and Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Iowa Speaking Tour German Cooperatives, Dr. Andreas Wieg, Michael Diestel Bakken Fields in ND The End of Easy Oil Germany, -- 25x25.org week long tour from Frankfurt to Berlin RE Site visits to the Reichstag for politics and policy SOLAR 2013 Baltimore MD Lonnie Gamble, Maharishi Sustainable Living Center, Fairfield IA State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Ag Chairs Summit XII Vancouver, British Columbia (CANADA) Towns, Cities, and Groups all over Iowa

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21 Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association IowaSETA.org Networking Tours Training Newsletter Policy Please consider joining ISETA

22 FEED IN TARIFF Buy All Sell All Metered kwhrs (separate gen meter) Utility Rate Control Capped at monthly usage Treated like other forms of generation Coupled with existing tax credits Avoids demand rate energy problem Consumption taxable / carbon tax Renewable Energy Credits / resell Monitoring for reliability Term Limits on the rate

23 SOLAR FARM 500 KW 9 ACRES for 1 MW PICTURES

24 References and Resources A Guide to Community Share Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development SunShot U.S. Department of Energy Community Solar Power - Obstacles and Opportunities John Farrell, THANK YOU!

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