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geocolumbus Meeting: Solar Concentrators in Ohio

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Thursday morning the Central Ohio Clean Energy Network is having a meeting and I hope I can make it.  The meeting is about Solar Concentrators and that being an economic opportunity for Ohio.  It’s being held at the Ohio Governors Residence which is at 358 N. Parkview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

A promising approach to reducing the cost of solar energy is solar concentrators.  Concentrators can either focus high intensity sunlight onto photovoltaic cells, minimizing the area of expensive materials required to generate electricity, or produce high grade thermal energy.  Ohio’s economy is well suited to provide the industrial competence required to deliver these solutions to the market.  Neil Sater, CEO of PhotoVolt, Strongsville, Ohio will provide an overview of where solar concentrator technologies fit into the market, the potential economic impact to the region, and what we can do to accelerated its promise. 

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Interconnection Standards – Wind Energy in Georgia

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Georgia Interconnection Standards

Incentive Type: Interconnection

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Fuel Cells

Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government

Special Rules for Net-Metered Systems? Yes

Limit on System Size/Overall Enrollment: 10 kW (residential), 100 kW (commercial); 0.2% of utility’s peak load for previous year

Standard Interconnection Agreement? No (contact Georgia Power)

Additional Insurance Requirements? None

External Disconnect Required? Not specified

Rules for Non-Net-Metered DG? No

Authority 1: O.C.G. § 46-3-56
Date Enacted: 4/28/2001
Effective Date: 6/1/2002

The Georgia Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Act of 2001 allows residential electricity customers with photovoltaic systems, wind-energy systems or fuel cells with a maximum capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW), and commercial facilities up to 100 kW, to connect to the grid. A utility is not required to enroll customers beyond 0.2% of its peak load for the previous year.  
Interconnected customers must comply with all national standards: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and National Electrical Safety Code (NEC). Furthermore, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) may adopt additional safety, power-quality and interconnection requirements. There is no provision in Georgia’s interconnection standards requiring customers to install a manual external disconnect device. Utilities may not require additional tests or additional liability insurance.  
Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility, has established a green-power program, whereby the power generated by eligible renewable-energy systems connected to the grid under the utility’s net-metering provisions is sold to other customers. System owners are paid for generation at a higher rate than the rate at which they would be compensated under standard net metering.  

Rita Kilpatrick
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
427 Moreland Avenue NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 659-5675
Fax: (770) 234-3909
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(Georgia PSC)
Georgia Public Service Commission
244 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (800) 282-5813
Phone 2: (404) 656-4501
Fax: (404) 656-2341
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