DC Sustainable Energy Utility issues two huge ‘Solar for All’ requests for proposal

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On Tuesday, the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) issued two requests for proposal (RFPs) worth up to $9.6 million seeking contractors and developers for one of the largest income-qualified solar energy efforts in the country.

The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)’s “Solar for All” program, which kicked off in 2016, is designed to decrease energy costs for thousands of low-income DC families. The DCSEU will implement a new round of “Solar for All” initiatives starting in 2019 with $32 million in total funding available over three years.

Solar contractors and developers can find more information about the RFPs on the Contracting Opportunities page of the DCSEU’s website. The deadline to submit questions about the RFPs is December 17, 2018 and the deadline to respond to the RFPs is January 9, 2019. Selected bidders are expected to be awarded in early 2019.

RFP and program details

The DCSEU is pursuing developers to build community renewable energy facilities (CREFs) as well as contractors to install solar systems on approximately 100 income-qualified DC households annually.

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The DCSEU has previously partnered with DOEE to facilitate the instillation of hundreds of solar panels on income-qualified homes in the District—over 500 systems were installed between 2012 and 2016 alone.

“As we work together to realize Mayor Bowser’s goal to expand access to locally generated solar energy for residents in all eight Wards, we are excited to welcome DCSEU as a new partner in this effort,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells.

The DCSEU’s “Solar for All” work is expected to benefit up to 6,800 income-qualified DC households in total.

“While paying energy bills can be a burden for anyone, it can especially impact low-income families,” said Ted Trabue, Managing Director of the DCSEU. “Through the ‘Solar for All’ initiative, thousands of DC households will be able to cut their energy bills through the low cost and efficiency of solar energy.”

“Solar for All” supports the District’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016, which aims to provide the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low-income households and to reduce their energy bills by 50 percent by 2032. The program also supports the District’s Clean Energy DC climate and energy plan which serves as a roadmap to reduce DC greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2023.

— Solar Builder magazine

New York sets in motion first nine community solar projects in its Solar For All program

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced that nine community solar projects throughout New York have been awarded contracts through the “Solar For All” program. This is the first in a series of awards under the program to provide access to no-cost community solar to 10,000 low-income New Yorkers.

How it works

As part of Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun program, Solar For All offers eligible low-income households the opportunity to subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees. By enabling consumers to subscribe to a local community solar project, these projects increase access to solar for homeowners and renters who may not have ideal conditions to install solar panels at their location.

Energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills.

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Details on the first projects

Solar for All projects selected in the first round will serve approximately 7,000 low income homeowners and renters who receive electric service from NYSEG, National Grid, Central Hudson, and Orange & Rockland. In addition to savings on participant electric bills, some of the selected projects have also committed to additional community benefits, including donations to local organizations serving families in need, educational programs for local schools, and committing additional project capacity to subscriptions for low-to-moderate income households.

The Solar for All contracts were awarded to groups located in these towns and regions:

• Town of Crawford (Mid-Hudson): Clearway Energy Group: Crans Mill is a 2.8 megawatt community solar project of which 1 megawatt will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in Orange and Rockland’s utility territory.

• Town of Grand Island (Western New York): BlueRock Energy Solar, Inc.: BlueRock Grand Island is a 2.1 megawatt community solar project of which 1 megawatt will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in National Grid’s utility territory in western New York.

• Town of Johnstown (Mohawk Valley): Common Energy: Johnstown A and B are two community solar projects – 2.8 megawatts and 2.0 megawatts – adjacent to each other, and will provide 1 megawatt each for no-cost solar subscriptions in National Grid’s Capital Region utility territory.

• Town of Mooers (North Country): Delaware River Solar: Boas #4 is a 2.7 megawatt community solar project of which 1 megawatt will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in NYSEG’s northern New York region as well as the rest of NYSEG’s utility territory.

• Town of Poughkeepsie (Mid-Hudson): Clearway Energy Group: Underhill is a 3.0 megawatt community solar project of which 1 megawatt will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in Central Hudson’s utility territory.

• Town of Rochester (Mid-Hudson): Nexamp: Nexamp Rochester is a 5.6 megawatt community solar project of which 1 megawatt will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in Central Hudson’s utility territory.

• Town of Seneca (Finger Lakes): Nexamp: Nexamp Seneca is a 2.6 megawatt community solar project of which 1 megawatt will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in NYSEG’s Central New York region as well as the rest of NYSEG’s utility territory.

• Town of Thompson (Mid-Hudson): Delaware River Solar: Sackett Lake is a 2.8 megawatt community solar project of which 1 megawatt will be used to provide no-cost solar subscriptions in NYSEG’s utility territory in the Mohawk Valley region.

Funding for this program is provided by the state’s 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund (CEF), a core component of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. NYSERDA will launch a second round of the program in 2019, which will expand the number of households and areas served by the program.

— Solar Builder magazine

Recurrent Energy signs PPA for 63-MW Stanford Solar Generating Station No. 2

Canadian Solar Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for the 63 MWac/88 MWp Stanford Solar Generating Station #2. Located on over 400 acres in Kings County, Calif., the Stanford Solar Generating Station #2, will power the equivalent of 15,750 homes with clean electricity. This project, together with Stanford University’s existing 67 MWp solar PPA and its 5 MWp rooftop installation, will produce enough clean renewable electricity each year to equal the university’s annual electricity consumption.

“This power purchase agreement with Stanford University demonstrates Recurrent Energy’s ability to work with a diversified customer base in California and across the U.S. We’ve long partnered with different types of load-serving entities, such as investor-owned and publicly-owned utilities, and we’re a known leader for our partnerships with CCAs. Now, we are delighted to also demonstrate our ability to meet the needs of direct access customers,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar. “We feel honored to help Stanford University achieve its goal to source 100 percent of its campus’ electricity from renewable energy.”

As part of Recurrent Energy’s Slate project portfolio, the Stanford Solar Generating Station #2 is scheduled to enter operation in 2021. Canadian Solar announced last month that another 150 MWac portion of the Slate portfolio has PPAs executed with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power.

— Solar Builder magazine

Greenbacker Renewable purchases 21-MW solar portfolio in North Carolina

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Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it purchased the rights to a 21.8 megawatt portfolio of three solar projects — the SE Solar Portfolio — located in Camden, Jamesville and Martin counties, North Carolina from SunEnergy1 LLC.

Construction of the facilities has commenced, with closings to take place upon their reaching mechanical completion. All three facilities are expected to achieve commercial operations in early 2019.

Greenbacker is currently working to arrange back leverage financing as well as tax equity financing. Once operational, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all power generated to an investment grade utility off taker through a 15-year fixed price PPA.

“With the SE Solar Portfolios, we continue to focus on solar assets in North Carolina which provides significant long-term value to our investors,” said Charles Wheeler, CEO of Greenbacker. “Over the coming year, we expect to expand the Company’s investment in pre-operational solar assets as we grow our solar portfolio.”

With the addition of the SE Solar Portfolio assets, Greenbacker will own approximately 278.7 MW of generating capacity (including assets in development and construction) comprising 61.5 MW of wind facilities and 217.2 MW of commercial and residential solar facilities.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. acquires roofing company in effort to build national footprint

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Integrated solar and roofing installation company Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. signed an LOI to acquire a well-established roofing company with nearly $5 million in revenues. Solar Integrated Roofing wants to specialize in commercial and residential properties with a focus on acquisitions of like companies to build a footprint nationally.

“We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this deal,” said Massey. “This is a 35 year-old company with over 25,000 past clients that we can market our rooftop solar installations to. They fit in perfectly with our existing business model and have excellent profit margins as well.”

Massey added that significant progress has been made on acquisition deals previously announced. “We have executed the Term Sheet on our large media company target and if all goes according to plan, we can also expect to close four of the acquisitions in 2018, with another three in Q1 of 2019. We are experiencing significant growth and building exceptional shareholder value!”

Massey will be appearing on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon this week to further discuss the company’s acquisition activity and progress.

— Solar Builder magazine