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Title: City of Santa Monicas Community Energy Independence Initiative


City of Santa Monicas Community Energy
Independence Initiative
South Bay Council of Govts. Dec. 4, 2008
Current Energy Sustainability/GHG Emissions Goals
and Targets
Adoption of 2010 Sustainable City Plan Targets
- 25 of City electricity will come from
renewable sources - 1 of City electricity will
come from clean, distributed generation
sources Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
Targets - At least 30 below 1990 levels by 2015
for City operations - At least 15 below 1990
levels by 2015 citywide
Community Energy Independence Initiative
  • A community energy sustainability program that
  • Comprehensive energy efficiency
  • Optimal solar potential of rooftops
  • Distributed generation where appropriate
  • Provides greater consumer and City control over
    utility costs
  • Enhances electric reliability
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Potential to create Net-Zero Energy City

The fundamentals of Solar Santa Monica are…
Combine energy efficiency with solar. Simplify
the solar purchase for residents, businesses,
building owners and the City.
The Solar Partnership The Citys credibility as
the honest broker
The Solar Partnership Partners to bring down
the mountain of costs and get the job done with
utilities, contractors, lenders, financial
advisors, manufacturers, retail stores, and
Extensive Community Outreach
Kick-Off and Solar Champion Salute
Farmers Markets with SunPower…Co-Marketing!
Booths at Local Events
On Site Energy Assessments
  • Independent, objective energy site checks
    performed by City staff or partners free of
  • Site check covers nine building / energy use
  • Comprehensive reports
  • Top Three efficiency opportunities
  • Preliminary solar analysis

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Future Goals 2008 - 2010
Adding 500 kW per year for the next 3 years which
will equal a 300 gain in installed capacity,
from 690 kW to 2100 kW

Next Phase Will Focus On
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Municipal Facilities (5 downtown parking
  • Solar Thermal (new California incentive)
  • Community-owned Solar Systems
  • AB 811

Santa Monica Place
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Assembly Bill 811
  • Assembly Bill 811 amends the Streets and Highways
    Code to define energy efficiency and renewable
    energy as public benefits that can be financed
    through property tax assessments.
  • The Governor signed the bill on July 22nd.

  • Simply put, residents will be able to borrow
    money through the city, and pay it back, over
    time, through a property tax assessment.
  • Immediate savings on utility bill(s).
  • The new tax payment will be offset in part, or
    completely, by these savings.
  • The loan has no impact on personal credit no
    credit check is required.
  • If the home or business is sold before the loan
    is paid off, the balance is transferred with the
    property to the next owner.

Eligible Facilities
Three basic program requirements for AB 811
  • The applicant must be a property owner in the
    City of Santa Monica.
  • Houses and Condos
  • Businesses
  • Resorts
  • Schools
  • Places of Worship
  • 2) The applicant must be in good standing with
    the City of Santa Monica, not in arrears for
    property tax payment.
  • 3) The applicant must share his historical and
    current energy use for program tracking purposes.

Eligible Equipment
AB 811 enables property owners in Santa Monica to
take advantage of a wide range of energy-savings
  • Energy Efficiency Fixtures
  • Renewable Energy Systems, photovoltaic and
    solar thermal systems
  • By law, the Program can only finance retrofit

Classes of Eligible Energy-Saving Equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Pool pumps
  • Roof insulation
  • White roofs and roof coatings
  • Energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights
  • Window films
  • Water heating equipment (including tankless)
  • Energy-efficient lighting systems and controls
  • Building controls
  • Commercial refrigeration equipment
  • Motors and controls
  • Irrigation pumps and controls

  • Each city will have to decide on its own loan
    parameters. Issues to be considered are
  • Minimum loan size
  • Maximum size
  • Maximum loan portfolio
  • Duration of the loans
  • Interest rates
  • A goal for the loans is to have loan payments
    less than or equal to bill savings generated by
    the efficiency measures.

Application Process
Issues to be considered
Program education and awareness Intake process
and application forms Title Check On Site
Energy Survey Loan Reservation Working with
Contractors City linkage with County for
Reimbursement City pays Debt Service
Existing CA Feed-In Tariffs
  • California Solar Initiative (SB 1, 2006)
  • 3.2 billion, 10-year solar incentive program
  • Performance-based incentives for large systems
    1 MW max
  • AB 1969 (Yee, 2006)
  • Feed-in tariff for renewable systems at waste
    water and public water facilities.
  • 250 MW statewide limit tariff set at MPR
  • CPUC Pilot
  • Expanded AB 1969 tariff to include any kind of
    renewable project up to 1.5 MW max
  • Added 228 MWs to the statewide limit, for a
    total of 478 MWs.

CA Feed-In Tariffs Under Consideration
  • Energy Commission
  • IEPR recommends feed-in tariffs for systems up
    to 20 MWs
  • Also examining this as part of their 2009 IEPR
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Considering expansion of their existing
    authority to 20 MWs
  • Legislature
  • Reform and expansion of RPS law to 33 by 2020
  • Eliminate the Market Price Referent

AB 32 - CA Global Warming Solutions Act of
2006 Signed into law on September 26, 2006. 25
reduction in greenhouse gasses, to 1990 levels by
AB 32 - CA Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
  • Agency Structure
  • The California Air Resources Board is the lead
  • The CPUC and CEC are in charge of the electric
  • The Climate Action Team comprised of all relevant
  • Implementation
  • The CARB must produce a scoping plan of all
    regulations, offsets and other flexible
    compliance mechanisms, that will be implemented
    to achieve AB 32 goals.
  • The scoping plan will take effect in 2012.
    Regulations will be developed in 2009 and 2010.

27 Or find the
Solar Santa Monica website