Newsletter of the Arizona Solar Energy Association 2010
2010-2011 Board Elections Have Been Completed
ASEA Board of Directors Election for 2010 was completed
on May 2. A formal announcement will be emailed to members
shortly. Thanks to all members who participated in our
first web-based election.
on APS Incentive Rebate Reduction Hearing
I spent the whole day at the Arizona Corporation Commission
so that I could learn first-hand how they would rule
on the APS request to reduce the Incentive Rebate to
from $3.00 down to $2.15.
The Commission approved the change (to $2.15/watt),
but only after making four amendments. These amends,
along with some other information that was revealed
during public testimony and questioning, are of material
interest to solar contactors as well as customers. The
items below describe the major points of interest.
Carve-out for Solar Thermal – An amended was
made that requires APS to set aside $900,000 of the
remaining 2010 residential incentive funds specifically
for solar water heating.
Cut-off Date for $3.00/Watt Applications – An
amendment was made that set the cut-off April 2nd 2010
as the cut-off date for reservation applications at
the $3.00/watt incentive level. This means that about
4 million dollars of the incentive funds were consumed
over the three days of 3/31 to 4/2, which effectively
depletes the fund until July 1st. (see the last note
APS Transparency – An amendment was made that
requires APS to report on its website at the beginning
of each week the amount of Residential UFI funding remaining
for the current reservation period and the number of
new reservations confirmed by APS in the past week along
with any project cancellations that have occurred in
the same period.
Reservations for Remainder of 2010 – An amended
was made that requires the remainder of 2010 be divided
into tranches of funding: April 1st to July 1st, July
2nd to October 1st, October 2nd to December 31st. At
least $5 million is to be reserved for the second tranche.
If all of the 2010 funds are exhausted during the second
tranche, APS can initiate reservations in the third
tranche that will be funded after January 1st 2011.
(This effectively brings additionally reservation approvals
No More Applications Approved Until July 1st
– During the proceedings, APS testified that all of
the funds for the “1st tranche” have already been depleted.
This seems to mean that no additional applications can
be approved until after July 1st.
Future Incentive Levels – Based on the testimony
given, it seems likely that the incentive will be reduced
again in October down to $1.95/watt because the program
will have met the volume threshold that requires such
a reduction. For similar reasons, it is likely that
beginning in 2011 the incentive will be reduced to $1.75/watt.
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Annual Membershp Meeting: January 23, 2010
Granite Reef Senior Center Room 2, Scottsdale AZ
join the Arizona Solar Energy Association for our annual
membership meeting. Lunch will be provided for members
($5.00 non-members) starting at 12:00pm, with the meeting
at 12:30pm. After the meeting, we will be having a speaker,
topic to be distributed once we have confirmation. We
also will discuss planning progress for the 2010 American
Solar Energy Society Conference taking place in Phoenix
this May, as well as volunteer opportunities associated
with the conference. This will also be the last chance
to nominate individuals for the ASEA board of directors
RSVP to Carole Mars (CaroleMars9003@msn.com)
if you are planning on attending so we can order luch
you and look forward to seeing you next weekend!
Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Nearest intersection: McDowell & Hayden; nearest
freeway ramp: 101N (east valley) McDowell exit.
Annual Meeting Comes to Phoenix: May 17-22, 2010
National Solar Conference is America’s leading conference
on the emerging trends, technology, and opportunities
shaping the new energy economy. Join us at SOLAR 2010
for the nation's best educational opportunity for solar
energy professionals!. Visit www.ases.org
for more information.
2010-2011 Board Nomination Being Accepted
Elections Committee would like to announce that they
are now accepting nominations for the ASEA Board of
Directors for 2010. Nominations will be accepted:
electronically, sent to the head of the elections
committee Ferrell Anderson (Ferrell@fastq.com),
written and sent to ASEA (address below) and postmarked
before January 23, 2010, or
from the floor at the annual membership meeting, January
will be closed as of the end of the membership meeting.
Descriptions of the positions on the ballot this year
Please direct questions regarding the elections to Ferrell
Anderson at (480) 580-4901.
ASEA mailing address:
P.O. Box 5583
Scottsdale, AZ 85261
Board of Director Positions
- 1 year term
Responsible for oversight of the organization, leading
and implementing the decisions of the Board of Directors
and representing ASEA at various functions and to ASEA's
parent organization, ASES.
Vice-Chair - 1 year term
Responsible for assisting the chair in the execution
of their responsibilites, oversight of ASEA newsletter
and member communications and works with Treasurer and
Secretary to maintain membership database.
Secretary - 1 year term
Responsible for keeping business and membership records
for ASEA, executing communications for the Board and/or
Chair, and works with the Treasurer and Vice-Chair to
maintain membership database.
Treasurer - 1 year term
Responsible for maintaining the financial records and
disbursments of the organization, and works with the
Secretary and Vice-Chair to maintain membership database.
Northern Region Director
Central Region Director
Sourthern Region Director
2year term - 2 positions per region; 1
position per region open for nominations
Responsible as the primary and direct interface between
statewide Board and the local chapters and members in
their respective regions and provide representation
to the Board regarding issues and interests of the members
in their respective region.
Director-At-Large - 3 positions, 1 year term
Responsible for representing the interests of members
state-wide and assisting local chapters and the Region
Directors with issues and activities in the different
Solar Center Meet-Up Group
Solar Job Bank
Solar Job Website
Updates Solar Tax Credit Info
Reduces Solar Incentives
2009 Newsletter is here.
January 20, 2010