The Arizona Solar Energy Association (ASEA), State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society ASES), will be holding meetings in a follow-up to the-long awaited updated ASES‚ Chapters handbook and directives.
ASES evolution, in response to some problematic economic and operational conditions, has resulted in a hearty and robust context for the present and the future. ASEA is now responding with an appropriate updating, through local and statewide discussion.
Interim Chair, Andy Gerl, a past ASEA Chair and Board member, is making arrangements for Arizona solar advocates and supporters, members and non-members, to receive both an update re: ASES adaptation and changes, and to discuss solar in Arizona and the “reboot" of the ASEA context, goals and objectives, within the context of varied renewable energy groups within the State, such as AriSEIA (the solar trade association); various sustainability groups; Green Building organizations; the recently formed solar hot water businesses non-profit entity; research and development at the universities; and others.
For more information about the ASEA Reboot discussions, contact Andy at email@example.com or 602-799-5942
APS Rate Case - Higher rates, solar changes now effective as of September 1st
APS customers had until August 31st to submit complete interconnection applications to APS in order to be grandfathered under earlier solar policy. Basic rates have increased and net metering was eliminated, replaced by a fixed purchase rate that starts at $0.129 per kwhr and will decrease in the future. Further details are posted in a link below.
Quick APS Links:
News Release (Aug. 15, 2017)
Summary for Residential Customers
Summary for Business Customers
Solar Grandfathering Fact Sheet (also see the note below for additional information)
The Arizona Solar Center has put together an unofficial summary of the new APS rate schedules for new solar customers, click here.
On August 21st APS emailed the following information to Stakeholders (but it does not seem to be on the APS website):
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved a decision in our rate review, and we are happy to share some details with you affecting our solar customers. We appreciate your support in delivering this message to customers and will be glad to help you with any questions you may have. For your reference, attached are letters that were sent to customers regarding grandfathering. Other resources are available at aps.com/gosolar.
- Current solar customers that are interconnected to the APS grid will remain grandfathered for 20 years from the date of interconnection.
- The grandfathering stays with the premise. Systems transferred to a new premise will require a new application, and the customer would no longer be eligible for EPR-6.
- Over the terms of the grandfathering period, a customer may not increase the capacity of their grandfathered solar system by more than a total of 10% or 1 kW, whichever is greater.
- Customers who submit a complete application by 11:59 p.m. August 31, 2017 will be eligible for grandfathering. The system would need to be installed and have AHJ approval by February 28, 2018 in order to qualify. A complete application includes all of the following:
- Customer Application
- Executed Contract
- Consumer Acknowledgement
- Installer Application
- Three Line Diagram
- Site Plan
Green Building Lecture - Economic Value of Green: Knowledge is EmPOWERing
Scottsdale’s Green Building Lecture season kicks off with a panel of industry leaders on the economic value of green.
These free programs run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the dates listed below at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. RSVPs are not needed.
Green Building Lecture Series
Solar Energy and Battery Storage Systems
Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
This is an exciting time for renewables and on-site energy storage systems as solar continues to take off in the valley. Just this year, Scottsdale has had a record year with more than 500 residential solar electric installations and a growing number of battery storage system installs.
ASU Senior Sustainability Scholar Paul Hirt will discuss the solar energy revolution, why solar is coming faster than anyone expected and how it will change our world. His current research includes a history of electric power, transition to renewable energy, and collaborative interdisciplinary research on water use, urban growth and sustainability.
Titan Solar Power Director of Business Development Jack Walker joins Hirt. He’ll discuss residential battery storage options for utility-connected solar photovoltaics systems. Walker is set to address homeowners’ concerns about time of use rates, controlling demand charges and having a backup system in the event of a utility grid failure. For some homeowners it’s about control over time of use rates, for others it may be about controlling demand charges while for others it may be about having a "back up" system in the event of utility grid failure.
For more information see the 'Next Lecture' section of this link: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/green-building-program
The scheduled lecture series includes:
- Feb. 1, 2018 – Living an Edible Landscape Life
- April 5, 2018 – Building with earth and Mass in the Desert
- June 7, 2018 – Heating and Cooling with Ductless Mini-Splits
Further information on this worthwhile program