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1 Community Solar Iowa Economic Development Community Efficient and Renewable Energy Workshop Warren McKenna -- Farmers Electric Cooperative

2 FEC - The Vision 25x25 25% reduction of outside energy consumption by 2025 Inside out <> Outside in view of sustainability Energy Tracking and Monitoring (3%) Energy Efficiency and Conservation (7%) Renewable Energy (15% energy) (30%/PD) Site Based Customer owned (400 KW) Community Solar / Solar Garden (100 KW) Solar Farm Cooperative Ownership (1 MW)

3 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.

4 Community Solar is growing fast

5 Virtual Metering Credit directly on the subscribers bill for subscriber s ownership portion of the array Others Subscription model HOA s, renters, affordable housing, shaded locations, and historic districts Distributed Generation Rooftop or ground mount system connects to local power lines or substations.

6 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

7 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

8 Cooperatives Cooperative Board approval needed Florida Keys Electric Cooperative 120 kw Utility owned, subscriber lease panels Delta Montrose Electric Association (CO) 20 kw Subscribers purchase shares, minimum $10 Holy Cross Energy (CO) 900 kw Third party owned, subscribers own modules

9 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

10 Investor Owned Utilities State legislation and Utility Commission rulemaking XCEL Energy (CO, MN) 2 MW to 18 MW Projects chosen FCFS Third party managed by subscriber organization Ownership, lease, or PPA Dominion Power (VA) 33 MW owned by utility, with 3 MW private carv-out

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

12 Subscriber Owned Panels Community Supported Energy Individual ownership of panels Cost range from $350 - $ 500 per module about $ 1000/kW Up front payment or loan Pay-back time 10 to 15 years Low income assignment/allocation Credit on power bill at net-metering 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 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

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

16 FEC Very popular program! 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 Cooperative is working on a 500 kw to 1 MW Solar Farm

17 IMS Community Solar Project 50 KW

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

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 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

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

22 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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