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PlumasSierraSolarRebateProgram

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PlumasSierraRuralElectricCooperative(PSREC)isofferingrebatestoencouragethe installationofhighqualitysolarphotovoltaic(PV)systemsin2014.CaliforniasSenate Bill1(SB1),passedinAugust2006,setastatewidegoaltoadd3,000MWofnewPV systemsovertenyears.Theoutcomeoftheprogramisexaminedattheendofeach yearandappropriaterevisionsaremadetoensureprogresstowardprogramgoalsand equityamongrateclasses. Arebatebudgetwillbemadeavailablethrough2016withrebatesallocatedacrossrate classes(seeTable1).Rebaterateswilldeclineby7%eachyear. Inordertomaketheserebatesavailabletoourmembers,a1.05%SolarChargeisbilled toallmembers,whichisaddedtotheexistingPublicBenefitsCharge(3.9%total). PROGRAMELIGIBILITYANDREQUIREMENTS Member/Applicant ThePSSPisavailabletoallPSRECMembers.Theapplicantmustbetheutilitymember ofrecordatthelocationwherethegeneratingequipmentwillbelocated.Themember mustbethesystemowner.Solarretailers/installersmayprovideapplicationassistance. Tobeeligibleforarebate,theMembermustsubmitaRebateApplicationandreceivea RebateReservationConfirmationletterfromPSRECpriortotheMemberrequesting finalinterconnectionauthorization.Ifarebatereservationexpires,themembermust reapplytothePSSPpriortoreceivingafinalinterconnectionauthorization. TheMembermustalsofollowtheInterconnectionofDistributedResourcesPolicyand ProceduresManualfortheCooperativestechnicalrequirements. IfaMemberceasestobearetailelectricdistributioncustomerofPSREC,thedesignated rebaterecipientwillnotbeeligibletoreceiveanyunpaidrebateamounts. MembersareencouragedtofollowourTipsForHiringaContractortoensurethe installerislicensed.AlthoughPSRECprovidesalistoflocalcontractors,PSRECcannot providecontractorrecommendationsorendorsements.Membersareresponsiblefor verifyingcontractorqualifications.Memberscanalsofindsolarinstallers,contractors andretailersat:http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/database/searchnew.phpPSREC stronglyrecommendsMembersobtainreferencesandmultiplebids.Thiscouldsave youthousandsofdollarsandmanyheadaches!

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MembersshouldcomparetheirannualenergyusagetotheprojectedPVsystemoutput toensuretheproposedsystemmeetstheirneeds.PSRECstaffiswillingtohelp Membersunderstandandcompareprojectbids.Callusforassistancebeforeyousigna contract. Installer Tobeeligibleforarebate,allsystemsmustbeinstalledbyappropriatelylicensed contractorsinaccordancewithrulesandregulationsadoptedbytheStateofCalifornia ContractorsStateLicensingBoard(CSLB).ContractorsmusthaveanactiveA,B,C10 license,orC46licenseforinstallingPVsystems.RoofingcontractorswithacurrentC 39licensemayplacePVpanelsinaccordancewiththelimitationsoftheirlicense; however,electricalconnectionsshallnotbemadebyaroofingcontractor.Althoughnot required,installationcontractorsareencouragedtobecomecertifiedbytheNorth AmericanBoardofCertifiedEnergyPractitioners(NABCEP).PSRECalsorecommends thattheinstallerberegisteredwithGoSolarCaliforniaandmeettheirprescreening criteria.Formoreinformation,visit: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/professionals/contractors.php Inallcases,systemsmustbeinstalledinconformancewiththemanufacturers specificationsandallapplicableelectricalandbuildingcodesandstandards. SystemEquipment AllPVmodules(solarpanels),inverters,andmetersmustbelistedontheCalifornia EnergyCommissions(CEC)EligibleEquipmentListandmustbenewandnotbeen previouslyplacedinserviceinanyotherlocationorforanyotherapplication.Thislistis continuouslyupdatedbytheCEC.Thelistforeligibleequipmentcanbefoundat: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/equipment. Modules:Onlymoduleslistedat http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/equipment/pv_modules.phpmaybeconsidered eligibleforrebates.AllmodulesmustbecertifiedtoUL1703byaNationallyRecognized TestingLaboratory(NRTL)toensuresafetyandreliability. Inverters:Onlyinverterslistedat http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/equipment/inverters.phpmaybeconsidered eligibleforrebates.AllinvertersshallbecertifiedtoUL1741standardsbyanNRTL. InvertersshallalsomeetIEEE1547interconnectionstandardstobeapprovedasnon islanding(nonbackfeeding)devicesthatautomaticallydisconnectfromthegridupon lossofutilityvoltage. PerformanceMeters:Allsolarenergysystemsmustbeinstalledwithaperformance meteroraninverterwithabuiltinperformancemetersothatthecustomercan monitorandmeasurethesystemsperformanceandthequantityofelectricity generatedbythesystem.Allmetersshallmeasureanddisplaycumulativeenergy

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producedandretainproductiondataduringpoweroutages.Allperformancemeters shallbeeasytoreadandaccessibletometerreaders. Groundmountedsystems:Ifsystemisnotroofmounted,thesystemmustmeetNESC clearancesandallpropertyeasementsmustbedisclosed.Rebateapplicationsmust includeaplotplandenotingsystemlocationinrelationtoexistingelectricalserviceand existingeasements.Additionally,iftrenchingisrequired,installersarerequiredtocall 811tolocateundergroundutilities.IfyoudontCallBeforeYouDig,youmaydisrupt servicetoanentireneighborhood,harmyourselfandthosearoundyouandpotentially resultinfinesandrepaircosts.Calling811isfreeandhelpspreventundesired consequences. PSRECreservestherighttorejectasystemfrominterconnectionifwedeemitisunsafe. SystemSize Tobeeligible,thesystemmustbesizedsothattheamountofelectricityproducedby thesystemprimarilyoffsetspartorallofthemembersannualelectricalneedsatthe siteofinstallation.Membersshouldcomparetheirannualenergyusagetothe projectedPVsystemoutputtoensuretheproposedsystemmeetstheirneeds. Forsystems5kWACorless,substantiationofsystemsizingisnotrequired. Forsystemslargerthan5kWAC,theMembermustshowjustificationofthesystemsizing withthesubmittaloftheinitialapplication.Themaximumsystemcapacityshouldbe calculatedasfollows: MaxCapacity(kWAC)=Previous12monthsusage(kWh/yr)/1577(hrs/yr) Forsystemsgreaterthan5kWAC,andlessthanorequalto10kWAC,wherehistorical electricalloadcannotbedetermined,onsiteelectricalloadmaybedeterminedusing thecalculationof2wattspersquarefoot. Forsystemsgreaterthan10kWACwithexistingelectricusagehistorythatdoesnot reflecttheMembersexpectedexpandedconsumption,theMembermustincludean electricalloadestimate,utilizinganelectricloadcalculationwithcorresponding equipmentschedulesordetailedengineeringcalculations. ThemaximumsystemsizeforthePSSPrebateis25kW.Pleaseinquireregarding interconnectingPVsystemslargerthan10kW. ShadingAnalysis Ashadinganalysisisrequiredandmustbeattachedtoallapplications.Forshading fromexistingobstructions,shadingconditionsshallbeverifiedusingasolarassessment tool,suchasaSolarPathfinderorSolmetricreport.Monthlyshadingderatefactors mustberecordedforthesystem(100%=noshading,0%=totalshading).
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Ifaproposedinstallationlocationhasnoshading,aphotoofthesolarassessmenttool documentingtheclearsolarwindowandaphototakenofthesouthernexposurefrom theproposedinstallationsitemustbesubmitted. ShadinganalysisissubjecttoverificationbyPSRECstaff. EnergyEfficiency Forresidentialsites,theMembermustincludetheResidentialEnergyEfficiency Checklistalongwiththeapplication.ItisrecommendedthattheMemberimplement efficiencymeasurespriortoPVsysteminstallation.Forcommercialsites,theMember shouldconsidercontractingforanenergyefficiencystudypriortoPVsystem installation.Membersmaybeexemptiftheirhomecomplieswiththe2001or2005CA Title24EnergyCode,(submitacopyshowingcompliancewithCF1RForm,preparedby aCertifiedEnergyPlansExaminer). Warranty Allsystemsmusthaveaminimum10yearwarrantyprovidedincombinationbythe manufacturerandinstallertoprotectthepurchaseragainstdefectiveworkmanship, systemorcomponentbreakdown,ordegradationinelectricaloutputofmorethan15 percentfromtheiroriginallyratedelectricaloutputduringthe10yearperiod.The warrantymustcoverthePVmodulesandinverters,andprovidefornocostrepairor replacementofthesystemorsystemcomponents,includinganyassociatedlaborduring thewarrantyperiod. PerformanceandPermanency Equipmentisintendedtobeinplaceforthedurationofitsusefullife.Only permanentlyinstalledsystemsareeligibleforrebates.PVsystemsmustdemonstrate adequateassurancesofbothphysicalandcontractualpermanenceandaresubjectto verificationbyPSRECstaff. ServiceEntrances,MeteringandDataCollection PSRECshallinstall,own,andmaintainakilowatthourmetercapableofregisteringthe bidirectionalflowofelectricity.Proposedmodificationstotheserviceentrancemust beapprovedbyPSREC.AllserviceentranceanddisconnectsmustbeEUSERCapproved. MembersmustnotifyPSRECatleast6weekspriortosysteminterconnectiontorequest aresidentialnetmeter.For400ampresidentialservicesandforallcommercial services,pleasecontactPSRECatleast10weekspriortoproposedinterconnectionto ensureservicepanelcompatibility.Insomecases,400amppanelswillhavetobe changedatthemembersexpenseto320amp. Membersmayberequiredtoprovidecumulativeproductiondatafromtheir performancemeteronanannualbasis.
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Theinstallermustinstallaseparateperformancemeteronthemembersideofthe system(seeSystemEquipmentabove).Utilizinginvertersthathaveabuiltin performancemeterisacceptable. Fees TheMemberisresponsibleforanonrefundableapplicationfee;seetheDistributed GenerationPolicyandProceduresManualfortheapplicablefee.Aserviceinspection feeisalsorequired.ForResidential200Ampservice$250,andfor200Amp Commercialservice$500.Forlargerservicespleasecontactus. SiteInspectionsandSystemVerification TobeeligibleforPSRECSolarProgramrebates,MembersmustagreetoprovidePSREC, and/orthirdpartiescontractedbyPSREC,accesstothesiteandanyavailabledataand informationcollectedonthesystem. PSRECmayconductaSystemInterconnectionInspectioninordertoverifythatthe projectisinstalledasrepresentedintheapplication,isoperational,interconnectedand conformstotheeligibilitycriteriaofthePSSPandtheInterconnectionAgreement.At PSRECsdiscretion,theInstallermayberequiredtobepresentattheInterconnection Inspection.PVsystemscannotbeenergizedpriortoPSRECsinspection/meter exchange. PSRECreservestherighttodisqualifyinstallersfromfuturePSSPprogramparticipation andcanprohibitthemfrominterconnectingadditionalsystemswithinthePSRECservice territoryforgrossnegligence,fraud(includingbutnotlimitedtomisrepresentingsystem componentsorshadinganalyses),uncorrectedmechanicalfailureswithin60days, installingsystemsfoundtobedangerous,orotheractionsthatintentionallymislead MembersorPSREC. PSRECswillingnesstointerconnectaPVsystemdoesnotconfirmthatthesystemissafe toconnecttoPSREC,northatitissafeoreffectivefortheconsumer.Membersmust agreetoholdPSRECharmlessforanydamagestotheMembersPVsystemorhome causedbyinterconnectingtheirPVsystemtoPSRECsgrid. PSSPREBATESTRUCTUREANDAPPLICATIONPROCESS Completeinstructions,includingalistofrequiredattachments,areavailableinthePSSP RebateApplication.Applicationswillbereceivedandapprovedonafirstcome,first servedbasisuntiltheavailablefundingcapforthatrateclasshasbeenreached. ProjectsmustbecompletewithinsixmonthsfromtheapplicationdateorbyDecember 31,2014.Unfinishedprojectswilleitherhavetofileforanextensionorreapplyatthe startofthenextcalendaryear.Iftherebatefundsinanyrateclasshavenotbeenfully reservedbyJuly1st,theremainingrebateswillbereleasedtootherrateclasses. Applicablecapsbasedonrateclassstillapply.
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Table1:2014RebateBudgetbyRateClass
TOTAL $212,000 Residential $120,000 Sm.Com/Non Profit $36,000 Irrigation $36,000 Lg.Com/ Industrial $20,000

CalculatingRebateAmount Allrebateswillbecalculatedaccordingtotheexpectedperformanceofthesystem, calledanExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive(EPBI).PleaseseetheRebate ApplicationInstructionsformoreinformationoncalculatingrebateamounts.PSSP rebatesarecappedaccordingtorateclass(seeTable2).

Table2:RebateCapperMemberbyRateClass
Residential (100,110,120, 500,900,910) $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 Sm.Comm. &NonProfit (200,210,220, 230,300,400, Irrigation(600, 410,920,930) 610,970,971) $12,000 $6,000 $12,000 $6,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 Lg.Comm.& Industrial (310&350) $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

$/WAC $2.80 $2.60 $2.42 $2.25 $2.09 $1.95 $1.81 $1.68 $1.57

ProjectCosts Noprojectwillreceivetotalcombinedincentivesthatexceedtotaleligibleprojectcosts. TheMembermustsubmitprojectcostdetailstoreporttotaleligibleprojectcostsandto ensurethattotalincentivesdonotexceedoutofpocketexpensesfortheMember. RebateApplicationProcess Pleaseseethe2014RebateApplicationProcessChecklist,locatedontheRebate Applicationforthecompleteprocess.Applicationsmustbereceivedwiththeapplicable attachmentsandsignaturesasstatedintheapplicationchecklist,otherwiseitwillbe returnedtothemember.Iftheapplicationiscomplete,aRebateReservation Confirmationwillbemailedtothememberandacopyoftheconfirmationwillalsobe senttotheinstaller.Allrequiredfeesmustbesubmittedwiththeapplication. RebatePayments RebatePaymentswillbemadetotheMemberordesignatedpartystatedintheRebate Application.PSRECshallprocesstherebateandsendachecktothedesignatedparty within30daysofreceiptoftheClaimFormandnecessaryattachments.Rebatescannot bepaidretroactivelyforsystemsinstalledinpreviousyears.EachMemberiseligiblefor

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onerebate,onafirstcome,firstservedbasis.Rebaterecipientsareresponsiblefor determiningiftheirrebateistaxablebycheckingwithaqualifiedtaxadvisor. SystemChanges MembersmustinformPSRECofanysystemdesignchangesbysubmittingan ApplicationChangeForm.Iftherevisedsystemislarger,theincrementalrebatewillbe calculatedandtherebateamountwillberevised,iffundingisstillavailable. PERMITSANDINTERCONNECTION MembersmustfollowtheInterconnectionofDistributedResourcesPolicyand ProceduresManualforthecompleteDistributedInterconnectionProcess.Members willalsoberequiredtoenterintoanInterconnectionAgreementandaNetMetering PaymentAgreementwithPSREC. AfinalapprovedcountybuildingpermitisrequiredtoqualifyforaPSSPrebate. TheNetMeteringPaymentAgreement,whichisactiveforthelifeofthePVsystem, allowstheMembertocarrykWhcreditsupuntilMarch31stofthefollowingyear.See theNetMeteringAgreementforadditionaldetails. PLUMASSIERRARESERVESTHERIGHTTOMODIFYTHISPROGRAM,ASNEEDED,TO BETTERSERVETHEINTERESTSOFOURMEMBERS. Formoreinformation,pleasecontact: JillianCole EnergyServices (530)8324261ext.6028 jcole@psrec.coop

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