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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 Draft Report

Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Programs Pursuant
to Senate Bill 1


The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) Renewables Committee will conduct a workshop to receive comments on the Energy Commission draft staff report: Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Programs Pursuant to Senate Bill 1. Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Presiding Member of the Renewables Committee and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Associate Member.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2007
10:30 a.m.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
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
www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

To participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 888-889-4951 by 10:30 a.m.
Passcode: RENEWABLES Call Leader: Claudia Orlando

Purpose
The Energy Commission staff draft report, Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Programs Pursuant to Senate Bill 1, establishes eligibility criteria, conditions for incentives, and equipment rating standards for all ratepayer-funded solar energy system programs in California. The workshop will be held to present a summary of the proposed guidelines and to solicit public comment from interested parties on the proposed guidelines. The draft guidelines report (Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Program Pursuant to Senate Bill 1 - DRAFT GUIDELINES, publication # CEC-300-2007-012-D) is now posted on the Energy Commission website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sb1/meetings/.

Background
Public Resources Code Section 25782, as enacted via Senate Bill 1 (Murray, Ch. 132, Stats. 2006), 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 by January 1, 2008. Ratepayer-funded programs include those implemented by the Energy Commission, 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 law: 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. On August 9, 2007, Energy Commission staff issued its initial report: Senate Bill 1 Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Incentives for Solar Energy Systems, www.energy.ca.gov/2007publications/CEC-400-2007-014/CEC-400-2007-014.PDF. A Renewables Committee workshop was held on August 22, 2007 to receive comments on the staff report. In addition to comments received at the workshop, written comments were received from nineteen parties. Subsequently, staff prepared its draft guidelines report. The report is organized into sections addressing Senate Bill 1 mandates for solar energy component standards, solar energy system installation standards, energy efficiency, reporting requirements, proposed effective dates, and other eligibility criteria established in statute.

Written Comments
Written comments on the draft guidelines report must be delivered by 5:00 pm, October 8, 2007, to Docket Number 07-SB-1. Please identify in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments as Comments on Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Programs. 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 New Solar Homes Partnership 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.

commissioner signature
JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee
commissioner signature
JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
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:September 21, 2007

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