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PlumasSierraSolarRebateProgram

Guidebook2015

PlumasSierraRuralElectricCooperative(PSREC)isofferingrebatestoencouragethe
installationofhighqualitysolarphotovoltaic(PV)systemsin2015. 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
ThePlumasSierraSolarProgram(PSSP)isavailabletoallPSRECMembers. The
applicantmustbetheutilitymemberofrecordatthelocationwherethegenerating
equipmentwillbelocated. Themembermustbethesystemowner. Solar
retailers/installersmayprovideapplicationassistance.

Tobeeligibleforarebate,theMembermustsubmitaRebateApplicationandreceivea
RebateReservationConfirmationletterfromPSRECpriortotheMemberrequesting
finalinterconnectionauthorization. Ifarebatereservationexpires,themembermust
reapplyforthePSSPpriortoreceivingafinalinterconnectionauthorization.

TheMembermustalsofollowtheInterconnectionofDistributedResourcesPolicyand
ProceduresManualfortheCooperativestechnicalrequirements.

IfaMemberceasestobearetailelectricdistributioncustomerofPSREC,thedesignated
rebaterecipientwillnotbeeligibletoreceiveanyunpaidrebateamounts.

MembersareencouragedtoreviewourTipsForHiringaContractorbrochureto
ensuretheinstallerislicensed.AlthoughPSRECprovidesalistoflocalcontractors,
PSRECcannotprovidecontractorrecommendationsorendorsements. Membersare
responsibleforverifyingcontractorqualifications. Memberscanalsofindsolar
installers,contractorsandretailersat:
http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/database/searchnew.php
PSRECstrongly
recommendsMembersobtainreferencesandmultiplebids. Thiscouldsaveyou
thousandsofdollarsandmanyheadaches!

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MembersshouldcomparetheirannualenergyusagetotheprojectedPVsystemoutput
toensuretheproposedsystemmeetstheirneeds.

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,andperformancemetersmustbelistedonthe
CaliforniaEnergyCommissions(CEC)EligibleEquipmentListandmustbenewandnot
havebeenpreviouslyplacedinserviceinanyotherlocationorforanyotherapplication.
ThislistiscontinuouslyupdatedbytheCEC. Thelistforeligibleequipmentcanbefound
at: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
producedandretainproductiondataduringpoweroutages. Allperformancemeters
shallbeeasytoreadandaccessibletometerreaders.

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Groundmountedsystems: Ifsystemisnotroofmounted,thesystemmustmeetNESC
clearancesandallpropertyeasementsmustbedisclosed. Rebateapplicationsmust
includeaplotplandenotingsystemlocationinrelationtoexistingelectricalserviceand
existingeasements. Additionally,iftrenchingisrequired,installersarerequiredtocall
811tolocateundergroundutilities. IfyoudontCallBeforeYouDig,youmaydisrupt
servicetoanentireneighborhood,harmyourselfandthosearoundyouandpotentially
incurfinesandrepaircosts.Calling811isfreeandhelpspreventundesiredor
dangerousconsequences.
PSRECreservestherighttorejectasystemfrominterconnectionifwedeemitisunsafe.
SystemSize
Tobeeligible,thesystemmustbesizedsothattheamountofelectricityproducedby
thesystemprimarilyoffsetspartorallofthemembersannualelectricalneedsatthe
siteofinstallation. Membersshouldcomparetheirannualenergyusagetothe
projectedPVsystemoutputtoensuretheproposedsystemmeetstheirneeds.

Forsystems5kWAC orless,substantiationofsystemsizingisnotrequired.

Forsystemslargerthan5kWAC,theMembermustshowjustificationofthesystemsizing
withthesubmittaloftheinitialapplication. Themaximumsystemcapacityshouldbe
calculatedasfollows:

MaxCapacity(kWAC)=Previous12monthsusage(kWh/yr)/1577(hrs/yr)

Forsystemsgreaterthan5kWAC,andlessthanorequalto10kWAC,wherehistorical
electricalloadcannotbedetermined,onsiteelectricalloadmaybedeterminedusing
thecalculationof2wattspersquarefoot.

Forsystemsgreaterthan10kWAC withexistingelectricusagehistorythatdoesnot
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.

MembersmustnotifyPSRECatleastsixweekspriortosysteminterconnectionto
requestaresidentialnetmeter. For400ampresidentialservicesandforallcommercial
services,pleasecontactPSRECatleast10weekspriortoproposedinterconnectionto
ensureservicepanelcompatibility. Insomecases,400amppanelswillhavetobe
changedatthemembersexpenseto320amp.

Membersmayberequiredtoprovidecumulativeproductiondatafromtheir
performancemeteronanannualbasis.

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Theinstallermustinstallaseparateperformancemeteronthemembersideofthe
system(seeSystemEquipmentabove). Utilizinginvertersthathaveabuiltin
performancemeterisacceptable.

Fees
TheMemberisresponsibleforanonrefundableapplicationfee;seetheDistributed
GenerationPolicyandProceduresManualfortheapplicablefee. Aserviceinspection/
meterchangeoutfeeisalsorequired.Pleasecontactusforcurrentfeeschedules.

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
PSRECoritsMembers.

PSRECswillingnesstointerconnectaPVsystemdoesnotconfirmthatthesystemissafe
toconnecttoPSREC,northatitissafeoreffectivefortheconsumer. Membersmust
agreetoholdPSRECharmlessforanydamagestotheMembersPVsystemorhome
causedbyinterconnectingtheirPVsystemtoPSRECsgrid.

PSSPREBATESTRUCTUREANDAPPLICATIONPROCESS

Completeinstructions,includingalistofrequiredattachmentsareavailableinthePSSP
RebateApplication. Applicationsreceivedwillbeapprovedonafirstcome,firstserved
basisandareonlyavailableuntilthefundingcapforthatrateclasshasbeenreachedfor
thatyear. TheapplicationdeadlineisDecember1st ofeachyear. Projectsmustbe
completedbyDecember31st oftherebateyear. Unfinishedprojectswilleitherhaveto
fileforanextensionorreapplyatthebeginningofthenextcalendaryear. Iftherebate
fundsinanyrateclasshavenotbeenmaximizedbyJuly1st,theremainingrebateswill
bereleasedtootherrateclasses. Applicablecapsbasedonrateclassstillapply.

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Table1:2015RebateBudgetbyRateClass

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

Sm.Comm.

&NonProfit

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

Residential (200,210,220,
(100,110,120, 230,300,400, Irrigation(600,
410, 920,930) 610, 970, 971)
500, 900, 910)
$6,000
$12,000
$6,000
$6,000
$12,000
$6,000
$6,000
$12,000
$12,000
$6,000
$12,000
$12,000
$6,000
$12,000
$12,000
$6,000
$12,000
$12,000
$6,000
$12,000
$12,000
$6,000
$12,000
$12,000
$6,000
$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

ProjectCosts
Noprojectwillreceivetotalcombinedincentivesthatexceedtotaleligibleprojectcosts.
TheMembermustsubmitprojectcostdetailstoreporttotaleligibleprojectcostsandto
ensurethattotalincentivesdonotexceedoutofpocketexpensesfortheMember.

RebateApplicationProcess
Pleaseseethe2015RebateApplicationProcessChecklist,locatedontheRebate
Applicationforthecompleteprocess. Applicationsmustbereceivedwiththeapplicable
attachmentsandsignaturesasstatedintheapplicationchecklist,otherwiseitwillbe
returnedtothemember. Iftheapplicationiscomplete,aRebateReservation
Confirmationwillbemailedtothememberandacopyoftheconfirmationwillalsobe
senttotheinstaller. Allrequiredfeesmustbesubmittedwiththeapplication.
RebatePayments
RebatePaymentswillbemadetotheMemberordesignatedpartystatedintheRebate
Application. PSRECshallprocesstherebateandsendachecktothedesignatedparty
within30daysofreceiptoftheClaimFormandnecessaryattachments. Rebatescannot
bepaidretroactivelyforsystemsinstalledinpreviousyears. EachMemberiseligible
foronlyonerebate,onafirstcome,firstservedbasis.

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Rebaterecipientsareresponsiblefordeterminingiftheirrebateistaxablebychecking
withaqualifiedtaxadvisor.

SystemChanges
MembersmustinformPSRECofanysystemdesignchangesbysubmittingan
ApplicationChangeForm. Iftherevisedsystemislarger,theincrementalrebatewillbe
calculatedandtherebateamountwillberevised,iffundingisstillavailable.

PERMITSANDINTERCONNECTION

MembersmustfollowtheInterconnectionofDistributedResourcesPolicyand
ProceduresManualforthecompleteDistributedInterconnectionProcess. Members
willalsoberequiredtoenterintoanInterconnectionAgreementandaNetMetering
PaymentAgreementwithPSREC.
AfinalapprovedcountybuildingpermitisrequiredtoqualifyforaPSSPrebate.The
NetMeteringPaymentAgreement,whichisactiveforthelifeofthePVsystem,
allowstheMembertocarrykWhcreditsupuntilMarch31stofthefollowingyear. See
theNetMeteringAgreementforadditionaldetails.

PLUMASSIERRARESERVESTHERIGHTTOMODIFYTHISPROGRAM,ASNEEDED,TO
BETTERSERVETHEINTERESTSOFOURMEMBERS.

Formoreinformation,pleasecontact:

EnergyServices
(530)8324261

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