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Palo Alto approves innovative solar projects on City-owned property

From: domainremoved <John>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:30:22 -0700


I am writing to make sure municipalities in California are aware of the
below press release, which went out this morning.

Let me know if you have any questions or want to talk about this new model
for bringing local renewables online.


*City Of Palo Alto to Solarize City-Owned Parking Structures And Enable Its
Electric Vehicle Future*

*With support from the Clean Coalition, the City of Palo Alto creates a new
model for deploying local renewables on municipal properties*

PALO ALTO, CA – Last night, the Palo Alto City Council approved a deal to
get 1.3 megawatts of solar deployed atop four City-owned parking

These solar installations are the result of sustained efforts by the Clean
Coalition and the City of Palo Alto to bring local renewable energy online.

“The City has pursued innovative measures to open municipal properties for
solar installations,” said Pat Burt, Mayor of Palo Alto. “We have a goal to
achieve 4% of our total electric energy consumption from local solar by
2020, and with the Clean Coalition’s continued support, we are working to
fulfill that goal on schedule by getting many more properties in play;
whether they be municipal or other challenging properties like those owned
by non-profits, multi-tenant residential or commercial properties that are
not owner occupied.”

In 2014, the Clean Coalition partnered with City staff to design and assist
with administering the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to lease the
solar siting rights to install solar parking canopies on Palo Alto’s
City-owned parking structures. After a long and arduous process that
resulted from this being an entirely new approach to encouraging local
renewable energy generation, Komuna Energy was selected to build, own, and
operate solar parking canopies atop four of Palo Alto’s five City-owned
parking structures.

The ability to structure the RFP as a competition for leasing rights was
facilitated by the City of Palo Alto Utilities’ Feed-In Tariff (FIT)
program, known as Palo Alto CLEAN, which the Clean Coalition helped
establish in 2013. Under Palo Alto CLEAN, a standardized Power Purchase
Agreement (PPA) streamlines the process for selling solar energy to the
utility at a fixed rate of 16.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for a 25-year
period. Importantly, the FIT made these solar canopy projects possible. Net
energy metering is not viable at these sites, since the parking structures
have tiny loads and net energy metering limits the maximum size of a
renewables project to the size of the site load.

“Palo Alto CLEAN standardizes the process for selling local renewable
energy to the utility and overcomes all of the challenges associated with
load size, property ownership, and multi-tenancy,” said Ed Shikada,
Assistant City Manager and Interim Director of Utilities. “Now that the
first round of City-owned properties are successfully contracted, future
projects can leverage the deal structure and associated contract
documentation to facilitate far easier experiences. Ultimately, the solar
parking structures are a key milestone and provide a showcase for more
projects in Palo Alto and far beyond.”

In terms of the lease arrangement, a small, annual lease payment will be
made to the City of Palo Alto, but far more important is the fact that the
City’s electric vehicle ambitions will be significantly advanced. Komuna
Energy will install 18 Level-2 electric vehicle chargers and lay the wiring
for an additional 80 charging stations, which is worth hundreds of
thousands of dollars.

“Palo Alto has set a model for municipalities to unleash clean local energy
and to facilitate the electric vehicle future,” said Craig Lewis, Executive
Director of the Clean Coalition. “I commend the Mayor, City Council, and
City staff for their leadership and efforts to reach the point where Palo
Alto’s approach can be a guide to communities across California and the

Complete details of the agreement are available on the Clean Coalition
which includes the full lease agreement between Komuna Energy and the City
of Palo Alto, as well as the standardized PPA used by the utility to buy
all the solar energy generated through Palo Alto CLEAN. More details on
Palo Alto CLEAN are also available at cityofpaloalto.org/PACLEAN


*About the Clean Coalition*

The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to
accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through
technical, policy, and project development expertise. The Clean Coalition
drives policy innovation to remove barriers to procurement and
interconnection of distributed energy resources (DER)—such as local
renewables, advanced inverters, demand response, and energy storage—and
establishes market mechanisms that realize the full potential of
integrating these solutions. The Clean Coalition also collaborates with
utilities and municipalities to create near-term deployment opportunities
that prove the technical and financial viability of local renewables and
other DER. For further information, please visit www.clean-coalition.org.

John Bernhardt

Outreach & Communications Director
(703) 963-8750

*About the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU)*

The City of Palo Alto is the only municipality in California operating a
full suite of utility services, including water, wastewater, electric and
fiber optics, natural gas, refuse and storm drain services. For more about
CPAU’s solar programs, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/solar.


Catherine Elvert

Utilities Communications Manager


(650) 329-2417

John Bernhardt
Outreach & Communications Director
Clean Coalition
m (703) 963-8750
Received on Tue Jan 26 2016 - 12:34:16 PST

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