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In the Matter of: )      Energy Commission
  )      Docket No. 07-SB-1
Senate Bill 1 Eligibility )       
Criteria and Conditions for Incentives )      Notice of Committee Workshop
  )      RE: SB1 Eligibility Criteria and
_________________________________________ )      Conditions for Incentives

Notice of Renewables Committee Workshop
on Staff Report  Senate Bill 1 Eligibility Criteria and
Conditions for Incentives for Solar Energy Systems

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The California Energy Commission Renewables Committee will conduct a workshop to receive comments on the Energy Commission Staff Report Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Incentives for Solar Energy Systems. Commissioner John Geesman is the Presiding Member of the Renewables Committee and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Associate Member.

10 a.m.

1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Note: Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details on listening in, please go to

To participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 888-791-1856 by 10 a.m.
Passcode: RENEWABLES Call Leader: Claudia Orlando


Senate Bill 1 (Murray, Stats. 2006, Ch. 132) requires the Energy Commission to establish eligibility criteria, conditions for incentives and equipment rating standards for all ratepayer funded solar energy system programs in California, pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 25782. These ratepayer funded programs include those implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and by local publicly owned electric utilities pursuant to Public Utilities Code Sections 2851 and 387.5, respectively. Senate Bill 1 identifies the following conditions for receiving ratepayer funded incentives under the bill:

  1. high quality solar energy systems with maximum system performance to promote the highest energy production per ratepayer dollar,

  2. optimal system performance during periods of peak demand, and

  3. appropriate energy efficiency improvements in the new and existing home or commercial structure where the solar energy system is installed.

The Energy Commission staff's report, Senate Bill 1 Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Incentives for Solar Energy Systems (publication # CEC-400-2007-014) addresses these conditions as well as the contemplated eligibility criteria and rating standards. The purpose of this workshop is to solicit comments from interested parties on the staff report. The report will be available on the Energy Commission website at www.energy.ca.gov/sb1/meetings/.


Senate Bill 1 is the culmination of the Governor's Million Solar Roofs Initiative, and builds upon the experiences of the Energy Commission and the CPUC in implementing solar energy programs. To guide the state in developing a successful photovoltaic program consistent with the Governor's Million Solar Roofs Initiative, the Energy Commission delineated several principles in the 2004 and 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Reports (IEPRs) that relate directly to the Senate Bill 1 mandate to develop eligibility criteria, conditions for incentives and component rating standards. These principles include:

  • Leveraging energy efficiency improvements should be a primary consideration in deploying photovoltaics (PV). To participate in the PV program, new buildings should be required to exceed the current building standards, while existing buildings should be required to improve their efficiency. Combining energy efficiency measures with PV will ensure proper sizing of PV systems, contribute to the state's efficiency goals, and provide maximum benefits to PV purchasers and electricity consumers.

  • Rational targeting of PV deployment to achieve the greatest cost benefit should be a central feature of a large-scale solar program. Solar installations should be targeted to climate zones with high peak demands for air conditioning and where solar systems can provide the most benefit.

  • Transitioning away from capacity-based incentives to performance-based incentives.

  • Integrating energy efficiency and time-of-use energy considerations.

The IEPRs also recognized the common policy vision referred to as "the loading order" that was also articulated by the state's principal energy agencies in the Energy Action Plan:

First, optimize all strategies for increasing conservation and energy efficiency to minimize increases in electricity and natural gas demand. Second, recognizing that new generation is both necessary and desirable, meet these needs first by renewable energy resources and distributed generation. Third, support infrastructure improvements including the addition of new transmission lines and clean natural gas central-station generation.

In the Governor's endorsement of the IEPRs, he highlighted the importance of his Million Solar Roofs Initiative and the aggressive pursuit of all cost effective energy efficiency, consistent with the loading order. There are several other energy policies and directives that are important to consider as the Energy Commission responds to the Senate Bill 1 mandates, including AB 32 and the Climate Action Initiative, energy efficiency goals and procurement statutes, Green Building Initiative, the Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP), and the CPUC's California Solar Initiative (CSI). Both the NSHP and CSI have been implemented under Senate Bill 1.

The report is organized into sections addressing Senate Bill 1 mandates for solar energy component standards, solar energy system installation standards, energy efficiency, and other eligibility criteria established in statute. For each of these sections, the report presents the pertinent Senate Bill 1 provisions, background, NSHP provisions, CSI provisions, and recommendations for guidelines. The report recommends a proposed effective date for the guidelines for eligibility criteria, conditions and component standards be January 1, 2009.

Written Comments

Written comments on the Staff Report must be submitted by 5:00 pm on August 29, 2007, to Docket Number 07-SB-1. Please identify in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments as Comments on Senate Bill 1 Eligibility Requirements Staff Report. Please hand deliver or mail the original plus 10 paper copies of your comments to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office
Re: Docket No. 07-SB-1
1516 Ninth Street, MS-4
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Participants may also provide the original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

To encourage participation in the subject workshop and the development of the Senate Bill 1 eligibility criteria and conditions, this Notice will be distributed to a broad audience of stakeholders, including those individuals and entities on the service lists of the Energy Commission's NSHP proceeding (Docket 06-NSHP-1) and Renewable Energy Program proceeding (Docket 02-REN-1038) and the CPUC's California Solar Initiative proceeding (R-06-03-004). In addition, the Notice will be distributed to all local publicly owned electric utilities in California and to all individuals and entities on the Go Solar California mail serve list maintained by the Energy Commission. If you did not receive this Notice directly and want to be added to the service list for this proceeding, sign up for the service at www.energy.ca.gov/sb1.

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. For information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us].

For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Claudia Orlando, Buildings and Appliances Office at (916) 653-5285 or by e-mail at [corlando@energy.state.ca.us].

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Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee
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Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

Mailed to lists/servers: NSHP 5505, CSI, Municipal Utilities, and Go Solar

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

Date Posted: August 9, 2007

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