Archive for July, 2010

AriSEIA Members……

July 6, 2010

At long last, we have a decision from the Arizona Corporation Commission that will allow companies that use the Solar Service Agreement model for financing photovoltaic systems to move forward with projects without the need for regulation by the ACC.  This long awaited decision will allow many projects that have been placed on hold to proceed.  The day long meeting of the ACC saw two competing amendments introduced to overturn the Administrative Judges Recommended Ruling and Order that solar companies should be regulated by the Commission. The first amendment was drafted by Commissioner Gary Pierce, who sought early industry input on the proposed amendment to insure that the language did exactly what the solar industry needed it to do.  The second amendment was drafted by Commission Chairman Kris Mayes.   Commissioner Mayes amendment was ultimately adopted and approved with a unanimous vote.   Despite urging from the industry, the decision only covers companies installing solar systems for schools, government and nonprofits.  The next step is to determine how we can best work at the ACC to include private companies wishing to enter into Solar Service Agreements.   Although one of the amendments did cover private companies, Commissioner Mayes expressed concerns that the decision was too broad and some parties who agreed the ALJ’s order might file suit to overturn the Commissions ruling.   

SSA Article:   http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2010/07/04/20100704biz-regulators-allow-solar-companies-sell-electricity0704.html#comments

Feed in Tariff

Commissioner Kris Mayes has issued a draft Feed in Tariff rule and is looking for comments from the industry by July 9th.  AriSEIA will be forming a FIT Task Force to review the document and put together AriSEIA’s comments to the Commission.  Since time is short, we will be holding a conference call in the next few days.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Task Force, please review the Draft Rule.  Please let us know your desire to participate in the Task Force via email to Lee Feliciano by the end of business on Tuesday, July 6th.   LFeliciano@carbonfreetechnology.com.  We will then inform you of the details of the conference call.

Other News

Finally, after a great deal of hope and speculation, President Obama announced the federal governments backing of a $1.45 billion loan guarantees for the building of the 280 megawatt Solana Generating Station, in Gila Bend, by Abengoa Solar.  Arizona Public Service will purchase the power. 

Abengoa Article:       http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2010/07/03/20100703biz-abengoa0704-ONL.html#reply20530897

If you have any questions comments on any of the above, feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your support

Michael Neary

Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association

solar-guy@cox.net

623-587-6432

602-708-1497

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