Policies are Changing: The Time for Solar is

Policies are Changing: The Time for Solar is

Policies are Changing: The Time for Solar is Now May 12, 2015 About TerraVerde Renewable Partners Since 2009, TerraVerde has been Californias leading independent solar energy advisor for public agencies. Recognized leader in project development consulting services, including: Energy Conservation, Solar PV, Energy/Battery Storage In house engineering, structured finance, financial modeling, Engineering Procurement & Construction contracts & Power Purchase Agreements, Owners Rep project management, and post-installation Asset Management Services

92 solar projects completed for CA public agencies to date 25 projects currently under construction (scheduled for completion this summer); and another 12 scheduled to begin construction during 2015; 16 including battery storage. Completed over $105 Million in solar & energy efficiency projects, on time and on budget; secured over $20 Million in competitive low-interest financing (CEC Loans, Build America Bonds, QSCBs) All projects performing at 97-101% of projected performance Wide ranging experience with multi-site construction, specification driven RFQ processes, public agency/education code policies and regulations, and turnkey design/build management. 2 Our Clients Challenge

How to achieve verifiable solar cost savings that match projections and expectations, which requires analyzing large quantities of complex data, multiple variables, and site conditions across numerous facilities/ sites evaluating many technologies and financing methods accurately discerning highest value projects: achieving net positive cash flow savings with minimal upfront expense minimizing burden on staff and disruption to operations: from initial project development through implementation providing on-going management of O&M, warranties, and performance monitoring and reporting 3

The Policy & Incentive Landscape The Big Three Possible Changes Net Metering (NEM) 1.0 and 2.0 Utility Rate Structures; i.e., Tariffs Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) 4 What is Net Metering (NEM) The NEM option allows you to receive a credit for the surplus electricity you supply to the electric grid. This credit is applied to your energy bill, to offset all or part of the costs associated with the energy you consume each month.

5 NEM Timeline NEM 1.0 is available until your specific utility provider (PG&E, SCE or SDG&E) reaches a cap of 5% of their usage comes from customer solar production, or, June 30, 2017, whichever is first. Any customer who comes on line with solar before this timeline will be grandfathered under NEM 1.O rules for 20 years. NEM 2.0 regulations are currently being developed within a California Public Utility Commission proceeding scheduled to be complete by December 31, 2015.

6 NEM Depletion NEM 1.0 Projected Depletion Timing: 7 NEM 1.0 Cap: Reason 1: The Time for Solar is Now We dont yet know exactly how much NEM 2.0 is going to reduce the benefits of solar; however, there is a high degree of certainty that the benefits will be less under 2.0 than 1.0 If you were to launch a solar development process today,

best case scenario is achieving interconnection within 6-8 months. In order to come in under NEM 1.0, your solar project must be interconnected by your utility before the deadline is reached. As more people become aware of this ticking clock there is a risk that an interconnection backlog will occur, further increasing the importance of moving sooner rather than later. 8 NEM 1.0 versus 2.0

Case Study: Example USD 4.0MW PPA project Assuming year-1 Avoided Cost is reduced by ~20% for NEM2.0, net savings are reduced ~50% on a long-term cumulative basis. 9 Utility Rate Structures; i.e. Tariffs PG&E A6: no demand charges, high summer and peak hour rates; up to 499 kW peak demand

E19R: reduced demand charges, increased summer and peak hour rates, available July 1, 2015, up to 999 kW peak demand 10 Utility Rate Structures; i.e. Tariffs Southern California Edison (SCE) Option R; reduced demand charges San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) DGR Rate; DISTRIBUTED GENERATION RENEWABLE - TIME METERED 11

Solar Friendly Rates Going Away: Reason 2: The Time for Solar is Now PG&E Most elementary and middle schools are eligible for A6 PG&E has applied to the CPUC to eliminate A6 for all but customers with 75kW peak demand SCE From November, 2013- January, 2015 there was a 12 month gap when Option R wasnt available On January 1, 2015, 250 MW of Option R was reauthorized by the CPUC 250 MW in Option R is likely to be used up within 18 -24 months

SDG&E January 1, 2015, significant increase in demand charges 12 Tariffs Make a Difference Case Study: 1.18 MW project; impact to cumulative gross savings if A6 is not available as

post-solar tariff 13 Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) Currently the IRS will provide any tax paying investor a 30% credit for every dollar invested in a solar facility While schools and other public agencies cant take advantage of this incentive directly, for those who enter into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to obtain the benefits of solar, the price they are offered by the PPA provider is significantly reduced

by the fact that the PPA provider is able to capture this benefit. 14 ITC Going Down: Reason 3: The Time for Solar is Now On December 31, 2016, the 30% ITC is scheduled to go down to 10% unless Congress acts. 15 10% ITC versus 30% ITC PPA providers will pass the pain of the ITC reduction along to

customers in the form of higher PPA prices 16 10% ITC versus 30% ITC PPA providers will pass the pain of the ITC reduction along to customers in the form of higher PPA prices 17 Dont Jump Its not all that bad The costs of solar has come down as the cost of electricity has gone up (in some utilities as much as 25% over the past

five years). Projects that didnt pencil 2-3 years ago may now make economic sense While the cost of solar has come down, as the proportion of labor in overall solar installation costs has gone up, further dramatic cost reductions are unlikely. Even more important, interest rates/borrowing costs are at historic lows. Even more reasons now is a good time to consider solar 18 Other Options

RES-BCT Advanced Energy (Battery) Storage 19 Renewable Energy SystemBill Credit Transfer Allows a Local Government with one or more eligible renewable generating facilities to export energy to the grid and receive generation credits to benefitting accounts of the same Local Government. In other words, you can build your own solar farm and take advantage of economies of school in solar installation costs, and offset usage at multiple meters. Not governed by net metering rules; only offsets actual

usage. 20 Battery Storage Paired With Solar PV Peak demand charge is normally calculated as the highest peak demand during the monthly billings cycle based on a 15 minute interval. Adding solar energy generation reduces utility energy (kWh) use/cost, but often has little effect on peak demand (kW) charges. Summer peak demands often occur during the late afternoon and early evenings when solar energy output drops off. For many commercial customers the

peak demand part of their utility bill can be 3040 percent of their total electric bill. 21 Advocacy Solar advocates (including CASBO) are not sitting on their hands. They are fighting to Keep A6, Expand Option R and

Make sure NEM 2.0 is structured to meet the statutory requirement to ensure sustainable growth of distributed generation (i.e., solar provided at customer sites). 22 TerraVerdes Experience Projects Completed To Date: $105 Million Projects Under Construction/Development: $31 Million Sample of Clients Visalia USD Clovis USD Burton City Schools Corcoran USD

Sanger USD City of Woodland Rancho California Water Agency City of Lathrop City of Bishop Inyo County Firebaugh Las Deltas USD Golden Valley USD Monterey Peninsula USD Fowler USD Sonoma County Family YMCA 23 What Our Clients Say TerraVerde

emphasizes education and transparency. We feel confident that they provide us an unbiased assessment of the risks and benefits. Don Ulrich, Assistant Superintendant, Clovis USD TerraVerde is the best partner I have ever worked with in my 28 years of school construction experience. Eric Cederquist, Superintendent, Fowler Unified School District TVRP paid special attention to our unique needs and requirements throughout the development and implementation process. Most importantly, they have worked as a true partner, providing information in a fully transparent manner and have worked collaboratively with us to address issues and problems that inevitably arise during the development process. Steve Bolman, Superintendant, Petaluma City Schools It is my pleasure to provide my highest recommendation for TerraVerde. As their name implies, they have truly become our partner in all energy matters. Every person that we have

worked with at TVRP knows our particular issues and concerns and is an integral member of our team as we evaluate both solar and now Prop 39 projects. Robert Groeber, Assistant Superintendent, Visalia USD While we were in the process of developing our solar project, we had over ten contractors participate in the mandatory site walk. One of the contractors said to me how fortunate our district is to be working with Terra Verde. They said that there is never a question as to what is expected of the contractors and that Terra Verde is very well organized which leaves little room for mistakes or issues once the project begins. Tracy Tucker, MOT Director, Burton City Schools 24 Contact Information Rick Brown, PhD, President TerraVerde Renewable Partners, LLC

1100 Larkspur Landing, Suite 155 Larkspur, CA 94939 707-953-2885 [email protected] www.TVRPLLC.com 25 TerraVerdes Mission Assist California public agencies achieve energy independence, while obtaining meaningful cost savings, and a reduced carbon footprint Serve as an independent advisor and owners rep, to develop & implement high value energy projects while mitigating risk Set realistic goals & objectives

Educate clients about technologies, Utility tariffs/programs, project funding & financing options, incentives, regulations, contracts Leverage advanced knowledge, tools, methods, and experience Develop Client-specific comprehensive energy management programs Demand management Energy efficiency measures Renewable energy generation systems Systematic analysis and evaluation to deliver maximum benefit projects Client-centric services: from concepts & plans to life-long operations management 26 Best Practices:

Solar Project Development Phase 1: Planning, Project Development, Analysis, Recommendations Set goals & objectives Gather all relevant data, perform in-depth discovery, develop projects for further consideration Prepare feasibility assessments and financial analysis for selected projects Review finding & recommendations with Client, finalize execution plan Phase 2: Competitive Bidding, Contractor Selection, Contracts Develop RFP & run competitive bid process: performance and construction specs, contract form documents and instructions that yield comparable scopes/pricing Obtain best value at lowest possible cost and assist with contract negotiations Phase 3 & 4: Owners Rep Design/Build Process

Oversee design, construction, commissioning and performance validation process Phase 5: Asset Management (see Slide 12 for more detail) Perform O&M services, 24/7 systems performance monitoring, quarterly performance reports & PM logs, and detailed annual financial reports Note: For more information on Solar Best Practices, go to CASBO/TerraVerde Webinar: http://www.casbo.org/?page=Prop39Webinar&hhSearchTerms=%22Webinar+and +Bid%22 27

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