for October 16, 2001
take a shine to sun power
for Green Homes -Building with recycled materials and energy-saving
designs is on the rise.
Project Financing Available for Government Entities
for the Rooftops of America (Pacific Solar -Au)
Davis Signs Energy Legislation 2001.10.13
Legislation - Solar Bills Signed into Law!!!
Bill 82xx requires the state Department of General Services
to ensure that solar energy equipment is installed on all
existing state buildings and parking facilities, with requirements
for inclusion in new projects, as well. The bill also establishes
PV as an energy efficiency improvement and be eligible for
Small Business Fund financing.
Bill 1207 encourages local governments to either adopt
an ordinance that would permit small wind energy systems,
or to approve wind systems that meet certain minimum criteria
until July 1, 2005.
Bill 17xx - creates a solar tax credit, which is retroactive
to January 1st 2001. The tax credit, for tax years 2001-2003,
is equal to the lesser of 15 percent of the net purchase cost
or $4.50 per rated watt of a photovoltaic or wind-driven system
with a generating capacity of not more than 200 kilowatts.
The Bill allows a credit for one System per each separate
legal parcel of property or per each address of the taxpayer
in California, and requires recapture of the credit if the
system is sold or removed from California within one year.
The credit will be reduced to half that amount for tax years
2004-2005, and will sunset on January 1, 2006. Qualifying
systems would need to be certified by the Energy Commission,
installed with a five-year warranty, and would be required
to be in service in California for at least one year. This
bill complements other programs that provide incentives for
installing renewable systems.
Bill 48xx - Creates the Solar Training, Education and
Certification Act of 2001 which is a three prong program that
fills in gaps of existing state programs designed to encourage
the use of solar energy systems. The bill has 3 compononets:
1) Allowing the California Energy Commission (CEC) to adopt
specifications for the major electrical components in the
absence of certification by a certified testing laboratory.
2) Authorizing local governments to develop a program to encourage
the construction of buildings that use solar thermal and photovoltaic
systems that are certified by nationally recognized certification
agencies or the CEC. 3) Requiring the California Employment
Development Department (EDD) to administer a solar training
and oversight program.
Note: Additional information will be available on these bills
at california solar center legislation
page in the coming weeks]
of the Guidebooks for the California Energy Commission's Renewable
Energy Program are available online on the
Energy documents page. The changes to the Guidebook for
the Renewable Energy Program, Volume 3, Emerging Renewable
Resources Account (section for PV rebates) are summarized
1) Increasing the total funding by $16.2 million. Consistent
with the Public Utilities code Section 383.5, subdivision
(d), this additional funding shall be allocated asfollows:
60 percent for small systems 10 kilowatt (kW) or smaller;
15 percent for medium systems greater than 10 kW but less
than 100 kW; and 25 percent for large systems 100 kW or larger.
In absolute dollar amounts, $9.72 million will go to small
systems, $2.43 million to medium systems, and $4.05 million
to large systems.
2) Allocating 75 percent of the funding for medium-sized systems
to those that are greater than 10 kW but less than 30 kW in
size (75 percent of the 15 percent that goes to medium sized
3) Adding language to ensure that those who apply for funding
from the Emerging Renewables Buydown Program and/or to the
California Public Utilities Commissions Self Generation
program do not receive combined funding from both programs
totaling more than $4.50 per watt or 50 percent of total system
cost, whichever is less.
Hour: A Happy Hour to Support the Proposition
B Solar Bond Campaign Please join us for a drink, an update
on the campaign and a screening of humorous, independent short
films presented by Atom Films. $10 donation at the door WHEN:
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday October 24, 2001 WHERE: 330
RITCH Bar and Club at 330 Ritch Street, San Francisco (Townsend
near 3rd Street, one block from Pac Bell Park)
Cooking Contest - October 20th Aqua Caliente,
San Diego County
Bank adopts PV-GAP quality standard for Photovoltaic Systems
- The Bank Group has been one of the leaders in financing
photovoltaic (PV) projects in developing countries. Ensuring
PV product quality has been important in efforts at establishing
projects and programs. The World Bank has adopted the
program for testing and certifying PV components and systems.
PV-GAP is a not-for-profit organization, registered in Switzerland,
that certifies the quality of PV systems and components.