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In the Matter of: )      Energy Commission
  )      Docket No. 07-SB-1
Senate Bill 1 Eligibility )      NOTICE OF BUSSINESS MEETING
Criteria and Conditions for Incentives )      RE. Adoption of SB1 Guidelines
  )      for California's Solar Electric
_________________________________________ )      Incentive Programs


NOTICE TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF
Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Programs
Pursuant to Senate Bill 1


The California Energy Commission will hold a Business Meeting on:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2007
10 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/

As part of the December 19, 2007 Business Meeting, the Energy Commission will consider adopting Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Programs Pursuant to Senate Bill 1. These Guidelines establish eligibility criteria, conditions for incentives, and equipment rating standards for all ratepayer-funded solar electric programs in California. The Guidelines document is 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 electric 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:

  • High quality solar energy systems with maximum system performance to promote the highest energy production per ratepayer dollar,
  • Optimal system performance during periods of peak demand, and
  • Appropriate energy efficiency improvements in the new and existing home or commercial structure where the solar energy system is installed.

On September 27, 2007, Energy Commission staff published a draft document, Guidelines for California's Solar Electric Incentive Programs Pursuant to Senate Bill 1. A Renewables Committee workshop was held on October 4, 2007 to solicit public comment from interested parties on the draft Guidelines. After the workshop and the receipt of written comments from 22 parties, staff prepared this Renewables Committee Final version of the Guidelines. The document is organized into sections addressing Senate Bill 1 mandates for solar energy component standards, solar energy system installation standards, energy efficiency, reporting requirements, and other eligibility criteria established in statute.

If you have technical questions on the subject matter of this notice, please contact Lynette Green, Renewable Energy Office at (916) 653-2728 or by e-mail at lesterno@energy.state.ca.us. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office is available to assist the public in participating in Energy Commission proceedings. If you would like information on how to participate in this meeting, please contact the Public Adviser's Office by phone 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 before the meeting.

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JOHN L. GEESMAN
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee
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JACKALYNE PFANNENSTIEL
Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

Date Posted: November 16, 2007

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.

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