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1 C.A.S.H. 32 ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON SCHOOL FACILITIES YOUR CHALLENGES, YOUR SOLUTIONS, YOUR CONFERENCE! Wednesday, February 23, :00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sacramento Convention Center Room 309 Workshop # 52 Snake Oil or Strong Medicine: Demystifying Solar Power Purchase Agreements Moderator: Jim Maclay LPA Inc. (949) Panelists: Bryce Chastain Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo (925) James Watts San Diego USD (858) CALIFORNIA S COALITION for ADEQUATE SCHOOL HOUSING 1130 K St., Suite 210 Sacramento CA Phone (916) Fax: (916)

2 San Diego Unified School District CASH Presentation Jim Watts, Director of Planning February 23, 2011

3 San Diego Unified School District Second largest public school district in California One of the top 20 largest public schools in the nation 14 million square feet of facilities 228 educational facilities 131,541 students (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) More than 15,000 employees

4 SDUSD Sustainability Efforts

5 Overview of Solar Projects The district has had a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in place for the past five years Two more PPAs were approved in 2010 While there are many similarities between the three PPAs, there are also significant differences The following discusses the differences and similarities

6 Solar Integrated Technology ( ) SDUSD contracted with Solar Integrated Technology to install 2 MSF of photovoltaic (PV) arrays at 28 district schools Largest school district PV installation project in the nation at the time 28 sites/4.17 Megawatts Free roofs included with thin-film solar panels Starting rate of $0.165/kWh with an annual escalator of 2.48 % California Solar Initiative (CSI) incentive/rebate to contractor at $4.50-$3.50 per watt which offset electricity rate Sites chosen based on need for a new roof, south facing orientation

7 Photovoltaic/Cool Roof Initiative

8 AMSOLAR (2011) Board approved 8/3/10, expected installations 5/11 20 sites/5.21 Megawatts Carports at 4 sites, demo carports at 2 sites Starting rate of $0.17/kWh with 2%/year escalator CSI incentive/rebate to contractor at $1.10/Watt which offset electricity rate Crystalline solar panels Sites chosen based on roof size, age and available area

9 Main Street Power Co. (2011) Board approval on 9/14/10 36 sites/4.46 Megawatts Starting rate of $0.165/kWh for 15 sites and $0.175/kWh for 21 sites with a 4%/year escalator CSI incentive/rebate to contractor at $0.65/Watt to lower rate 29 site are smaller schools

10 Carport PV Systems

11 Roof-Top PV Systems

12 SDUSD Contact Information Jim Watts, Director of Planning (858) J. William Naish, Energy/Utilities Coordinator (858) SDUSD websites

13 CASH 2011 Annual Conference Top Five PPA Issues Presented by: W. Bryce Chastain Cerritos Fresno Irvine Pleasanton Riverside Sacramento San Diego

14 Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Basic Framework Provider builds, owns, and operates facility and sells the energy District typically leases ground to Provider and purchases all the energy produced by the facility with funds it would otherwise have paid to its utility provider Typical Features Provider typically seeks and may qualify for Federal Investment Tax Credit, renewable incentives such as CSI rebates, and to reduce cost of facility Most deals structured with a starting rate per KWh with structured increases lower than projected utility rate increases Long term typically 20+ year agreement 1

15 Energy Conservation Contracts (ECC) Government Code sections Public agencies may award no-bid contracts to any entity to construct facilities that will: develop energy conservation, (energy efficiency) be an alternative energy supply source (renewable) Allows for no-bid leasing of land for energy facilities The statute shall be construed to provide the greatest possible flexibility to public agencies in structuring agreements 2

16 Energy Conservation Contracts (ECC) - Preliminary Findings Need feasibility analysis to weigh: the cost of energy from the PPA avoided cost of energy from utility, with reasonable escalation If you save money, the Board can make the necessary findings 3

17 Five Key Points Price Energy Production Guarantee Energy Purchase Cap Credits Construction and Operations 4

18 Price Initial kwh Rate Annual Escalation Rate (Get a Second Opinion on Utility Rate Escalation Estimates) Risk Allocation for Policy Changes

19 Production Guarantee Guarantee Minimum Energy Production: The Whole Point of It All Ensuring Maximum Realization of Savings/Grid Neutrality Should Not Be a Point of Contention 6

20 Production Cap Typically Required to Purchase All Energy Produced More Energy Sold, Higher the Margin Ensuring Maximum Realization of Savings/Grid Neutrality

21 Credits Allocating the Benefits of Financial Elements Making the Cost to Produce Electricity Cheaper Federal Investment Tax Credits (ITCs) Accelerated Depreciation California Solar Initiative (CSI) Rebates Renewable Energy Credits Ownership of Net Metering / Bill Crediting / Feed in Tariffs for Surplus Energy 8

22 Bill Crediting Public Utilities Code 2830 Authorizes local government, including a school district, to receive a bill credit for electricity exported to utility for a designated account or bundle of accounts Generating facility must be on property owned or under the control of the district and located within its geographic boundary The district must give utility at least 60 days' notice prior to the grid-connected eligible renewable generating facility becoming operational 9

23 Construction & Operations Nuisance Abatement Access Educational Opportunities Safety and Security 10

24 P.S. Termination Termination for Cause Force Majeure Termination for Convenience for a Price Purchase Options Down the Road Removal Cost 11

25 P.S. New Developments SB 118 State Senator Leland Yee Would Require Public Contract Code Competitive Bidding from

26 Question Answer Session

27 Thank You W. Bryce Chastain (925)

28 Lifecycle Savings ($ Net Present Value) Lifecycle Savings by Provider $3,000,000 Total Net Present Value Lifecycle Savings vs. Avoided Cost PG&E Rate for PV by Power Purchase Provider (20 Year Term, With Escalation, District Owned RECs) $2,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 Provider # 7 Option 2 Provider # 7 Option 1 Provider # 6 Provider # 5 Provider # 4 Provider # 3 Provider # 2 Provider # 1 20 year lifecycle savings from each provider were compared for each bid option

29 Solar as a Broad Community Effort Create Local Jobs Save Teacher Salaries Educational Tool Sustainability Commitment This project has the potential to have an impact far beyond electricity cost savings

30 Conclusions & Recommendations PV may allow your District to generate positive cash flow Conduct a PV feasibility study to determine District solar potential If PV potential is there, issue a RFP for a PPA Assess the annual cash flow and lifecycle savings of PPA bids

31 Thank You

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