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COMMISSION GUIDEBOOK

NEWSOLARHOMESPARTNERSHIP GUIDEBOOK
Fifth Edition Commission Guidebook

CALIFORNIA ENERGYCOMMISSION
EdmundG.Brown,Jr.,Governor

SE PTEMBE R 201 2 C EC 300 2012007ED5CMF

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION Carla J. Peterman Renewables Lead Commissioner Farakh Nasim Le-Quyen Nguyen Primary Authors Craig Hoellwarth Payam Narvand Supervisors Tony Goncalves Office Manager Renewable Energy Office Eurlyne Geiszler Office Manager High Performance Buildings and Standards Development Office Dave Ashuckian, P.E. Deputy Director Efficiency and Renewable Energy Division Robert P. Oglesby Executive Director

These guidelines were formally adopted by the California Energy Commission on December 13, 2006, pursuant to Public Resources Code Sections 25744, 25747, and 25780 through 25784, and subsequently revised pursuant to this authority on July 11, 2007, August 21, 2008, January 27, 2010, April 7, 2010, January 12, 2012, and September 12, 2012.

ABSTRACT
TheNewSolarHomesPartnershipProgramispartofastatewidesolarprogramknownasthe CaliforniaSolarInitiative.TheNewSolarHomesPartnershipprovidesfinancialincentivesfor installingsolarenergysystemsonnewresidentialbuildings.IncentivesfromtheNewSolar HomesPartnershipareintendedtohelpcreateaselfsustainingmarketforsolarhomesthat incorporatehighlevelsofenergyefficiencyandhighperformingsolarenergysystems.The buildingsmustachieveenergyefficiencylevelsgreaterthantherequirementsoftheBuilding EnergyEfficiencyStandards,Title24,Part6.Thefinalincentiveamountwillbedeterminedby theexpectedperformanceofthesystem. Thisguidebookdetailstheeligibilityrequirements,rules,andprocessforreservingand claiminganincentiveundertheNSHP. Keywords:NewSolarHomesPartnership,NSHP,EnergyCommission,PV,solarenergy system,energyefficiency,standards,Title24Part6,tier,incentive,CECPVCalculator,HERS Rater,fieldverification,ProgramAdministrator,shading,module,inverter,plancheck

Nguyen,LeQuyen,FarakhNasim.2012.NewSolarHomesPartnershipGuidebook(FifthEdition). CaliforniaEnergyCommission.CEC3002012-007-ED5-CMF.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABSTRACT................................................................................................................................................. i ChapterI:Introduction...........................................................................................................................1 A. B. C. D. E. F. Purpose...........................................................................................................................................1 ProgramOverview.......................................................................................................................1 SummaryofNewSolarHomesPartnershipGuidebookRequirements...............................4 FlowChartsoftheNSHPApplicationandPaymentProcess................................................5 RenewableEnergyCredits/Certificates.....................................................................................7 ApplicabilityofGuidebookChangestoExistingApplications.............................................7

ChapterII:ProgramEligibilityRequirements...................................................................................8 A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. TechnologyandSystemOwnership..........................................................................................8 NSHPEnergyEfficiencyRequirements .....................................................................................9 UtilityNewConstructionEnergyEfficiencyProgramParticipation..................................16 PermanentFoundation ...............................................................................................................17 TransientHousing......................................................................................................................17 GridInterconnection...................................................................................................................18 SystemComponents...................................................................................................................18 SystemPerformanceMeter........................................................................................................19 SystemSizedtoOffsetOnsiteElectricityLoad.....................................................................19 SystemPerformance...................................................................................................................19 SystemInstallation......................................................................................................................20 SolarEnergySystemFieldVerification...................................................................................20 WarrantyRequirements.............................................................................................................21 EquipmentSellers/Installers......................................................................................................21 LeasesandPowerPurchaseAgreements................................................................................22

ChapterIII:IncentiveLevelsandStructure......................................................................................25 A. IncentiveLevelsandDeclineSchedule ....................................................................................25 1. IncentiveLevelsforMarketRateHousingandAffordableHousingCommonArea Projects...........................................................................................................................25 2. IncentiveLevelsforAffordableHousingResidentialUnitProjects.............................26 B. ExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentiveCalculation.............................................................28 C. NSHPIncentiveAmountCap...................................................................................................30 D. OtherIncentivesMayAffecttheNSHPIncentiveAmount..................................................30 ChapterIV:ReservationProcess.........................................................................................................32 A. TypesofReservations .................................................................................................................32 1. 36MonthReservation....................................................................................................32
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2. 18MonthReservation....................................................................................................32 B. FormsandDocumentation........................................................................................................35 1. ReservationApplicationForm......................................................................................35 2. ProofofNewlyConstructedResidentialBuilding ........................................................35 3. ExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive(EPBI)Documentation...................................35 4. EnergyEfficiencyDocumentation................................................................................36 5. EquipmentPurchaseAgreementandInstallationContract.........................................36 C. AffordableHousingProjects.....................................................................................................38 D. SolarasStandardProjects..........................................................................................................39 E. ProjectsWhereSolarisOfferedasanOptiontoHomebuyers .............................................40 F. AdditionalInformationforAllReservationApplications....................................................40 G. WheretoSendReservations......................................................................................................42 ChapterV:PaymentProcess................................................................................................................43 A. FormsandDocumentation........................................................................................................43 1. PaymentClaimForm(NSHP2)....................................................................................43 2. DocumentationConfirmingtheTotalSystemCost......................................................44 3. ExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive(EPBI)Documentation...................................44 4. EnergyEfficiencyDocumentation.................................................................................44 5. TenYearWarranty(NSHP3)........................................................................................45 6. SystemInterconnectionWithUtilityGrid .....................................................................45 7. PayeeDataRecord(STD204).......................................................................................46 8. IRSW9Form/Form590/Form587............................................................................46 9. LeaseAgreementorPowerPurchaseAgreement .........................................................46 B. AdditionalInformationonPaymentClaims..........................................................................46 C. ClaiminganIncentivePaymentWithoutaPriorReservation.............................................47 APPENDIXA:FREQUENTLYASKEDQUESTIONS................................................................... A1 A. B. C. D. E. CanMyInstalledSystemBeDifferentThanMyReservation?.......................................... A1 CanApplicantsAddtoTheirExistingSystems? .................................................................. A1 TimeExtensions........................................................................................................................ A1 CantheEquipmentSeller/InstallerBeDifferentFromtheEquipmentSeller/Installerin theReservationApplication?.................................................................................................. A2 ReservationCancellations ........................................................................................................ A2

APPENDIXB:FIELDVERIFICATIONANDDIAGNOSTICTESTINGOFSYSTEMS.......B1 A. Background................................................................................................................................B1 B. Responsibilities ..........................................................................................................................B2 C. FieldVerificationandDiagnosticTestingProcess...............................................................B2 D. RelationshiptoOtherCodes,Standards,andVerification.................................................B3 E. FieldVerificationVisualInspection.......................................................................................B4 1. PVModules............................................................................................................................B4


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2. Inverters..................................................................................................................................B4 3. SystemPerformanceMeters.................................................................................................B4 4. TiltandAzimuth ....................................................................................................................B4 F. ShadingVerification.................................................................................................................B9 1. MinimalShadingCriterion ...................................................................................................B9 2. AccountingforActualShading.........................................................................................B11 3. MeasuringHeightsandDistancesorAltitudeAngles ...................................................B12 4. MatureTreeHeight.............................................................................................................B15 G. VerificationofSystemPerformance.....................................................................................B17 1.MeasuringSolarIrradiance .................................................................................................B20 2.MeasuringAmbientAirTemperature..............................................................................B20 3.ObservingACPowerOutputattheSystemPerformanceMeter ..................................B20 4.MultipleOrientationArrays...............................................................................................B20 APPENDIXC:ENERGYEFFICIENCYDOCUMENTATIONREQUIREMENTS...................C1 A. PlanCheckChecklist................................................................................................................C1 B. CF4REENSHPVerificationGuidelines..............................................................................C2 C. NSHPListofEnergyEfficiencySpecialFeatures .................................................................C3 APPENDIXD:NSHPFORMS ...........................................................................................................D1

Whats New in This Guidebook?


BelowarethemajorchangesinthiseditionoftheNewSolarHomesPartnershipGuidebookas comparedwiththeJanuary20124theditionoftheNSHPGuidebook:

General Program Changes


Duringthepaymentprocess,iftheapplicantsubmitsacompleteinterconnection packagetoitsutilityinterconnectiondepartmentonorbeforetheNSHPreservation expirationdate,theapplicantisprovided90daysafterthereservationexpirationdateto completetheExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive(EPBI)Documentation,Energy EfficiencyDocumentation,andSystemInterconnectionwithUtilityGrid. Theprogramadministratorwillverifythesystemgenerationallocationpercentagesfor virtualnetmeteringsystemsduringthepaymentprocess. RevisesNSHPapplicationforms.

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CHAPTER I: Introduction
TheNewSolarHomesPartnership(NSHP)providesfinancialincentivesandothersupportfor installingeligiblesolarenergysystemsonnewresidentialbuildings 1 thatreceiveelectricity fromspecifiedinvestorownedutilities. 2 TheCaliforniaEnergyCommissionimplementsthe NSHPincoordinationwiththeCaliforniaPublicUtilitiesCommission(CPUC)aspartofthe overallCaliforniaSolarInitiative.Thisguidebookdescribestherequirementstoreceive incentivesforconstructingenergyefficient,solarhomesundertheNSHP.

A.

Purpose

ThegoaloftheNSHPistocreateaselfsustainingmarketforsolarhomeswherebuilders incorporatehighlevelsofenergyefficiencyandhighperformingsolarenergysystems.The NSHPprovidesfinancialincentivesandnonfinancialassistanceintheformofbuilderand marketsupporttoaccomplishthisgoal.

B.

Program Overview

TheNSHPispartofacomprehensivestatewidesolarprogramknownastheCaliforniaSolar Initiative(CSI).SenateBill1(SB1) 3 establishesthreegoalsoftheCSI:1)toinstall3,000 megawatts(MW)ofdistributedsolarelectriccapacityinCaliforniabytheendof2016;2)to establishaselfsufficientsolarindustryinwhichsolarenergysystemsareaviablemainstream optionin10years,and3)toplacesolarenergysystemson50percentofnewhomesin13years. TheNSHPseekstoachieve400MWofinstalledsolarelectriccapacityinCaliforniabytheend of2016. TheEnergyCommissionandtheCPUCeachadministerseparatebutcoordinatedelementsof theCSI. TheNSHPisadministeredbytheinvestorownedutilities,(IOUs),PacificGasandElectric Company(PG&E),SouthernCaliforniaEdisonCompany(SCE),andSanDiegoGas&Electric Company(SDG&E),fortheirrespectiveserviceareas.TheseentitiesadministertheNSHPon theEnergyCommissionsbehalfinaccordancewiththeirrespectiveagreementswiththe EnergyCommission.TheEnergyCommissionprovidesoversightoftheprogramandprogram administrationforeligiblecustomersofBearValleyElectricService(BVES).

1SeeChapterII,ProgramEligibilityRequirements,forthedefinitionofnewresidentialbuildings. 2EligibleelectricutilitiesarePacificGasandElectricCompany,SouthernCaliforniaEdisonCompany, SanDiegoGas&ElectricCompany,andGoldenStateWaterCompany(doingbusinessasBearValley ElectricService). 3SB1(Murray),Chapter132,Statutesof2006,4,ascodifiedinPublicResourcesCodesections25780 25784. 1

TheNSHPprogramprovidestwoincentivestructures,oneforconventionalormarketrate housingandaffordablehousingcommonareaprojects,andanotherforqualifiedaffordable housingresidentialprojects.Formarketratehousingandaffordablehousingcommonarea projects,theincentiverateisdeterminedbytheenergyefficiencyleveloftheresidential building.TheNSHPoffersahigherincentivetoaffordablehousingresidentialprojectsbecause theaffordablehousingindustryoftenfacesmoredifficultiesinthefinancingandincorporation ofsolarenergysystemsinitsdevelopmentsthandoconventionalhousingdevelopments. 4 Toqualifyforanincentive,boththeresidentialbuildingandtheinstalledsolarenergysystem mustmeetspecificprogramrequirementsincludedinthisguidebook. Theresidentialbuildingsmustachieveenergyefficiencylevelssubstantiallygreaterthanthe requirementsofthecurrentBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards,Title24,Part6.Energy efficiencyrequirementsmaybesatisfiedthrougheitherTierIorTierIIlevelenergyefficiency measures.PleaseseeChapterII,SectionB,foradditionalinformation.

TheEnergyCommissionplacesgreatimportanceonensuringthatresidentialbuildingsthat qualifyforanincentiveundertheNSHPareasenergyefficientaspossible.TheTierIlevelisa minimumconditionofparticipationintheNSHPandconsistentwiththeenergyefficiency savingsneededtoqualifyforincentivesfromcurrentresidentialnewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogramsofferedbytheIOUs.TheTierIIlevelisexpectedtoachieveanimmediate positivecashflowforhomeownersandencouragesbuilderstomovetowardconstructingzero netenergyresidentialbuildings, 5 reflectingwhatisregularlybeingaccomplishedinCalifornia bybuildersthatareparticipatinginthenationalBuildingAmericaprogram.Forbothtiers, incentivestobuildersfordeliveringtherequiredenergyefficiencylevelsareexpectedtobe madeavailablethroughcoordinatedutilityenergyefficiencyprogramsoverseenbytheCPUC, suchastheresidentialnewconstructionprograms. Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtoparticipateintheirutilitiesnewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogramtoobtainthefinancialincentivesthatmaybeavailableformeetingeither TierIorTierIIenergyefficiencyrequirementsandtostreamlinetheNSHPenergyefficiency verificationprocess.SeeChapterII,SectionC,foradditionalinformation. Theexpectedperformanceofthesolarenergysystem(anticipatedannualelectricalgeneration), whichdependsonspecifickeyfactorsregardingequipmentefficiencyandthedesignand installationofthesystem,willdeterminetheincentiveamount.Theincentiveispaidoncethe systemisinstalledandoperationalandhasmetallprogramrequirements. Alongwiththefinancialincentive,theNSHPwillprovidenonfinancialsupportservices, offeringmarketingandtechnicalassistancetobuilders,aswellastrainingtobuildingofficials
4ThesehigherincentivesareprovidedconsistentwithPublicResourcesCodesection25401.6. 5TheU.S.DepartmentofEnergy(DOE)BuildingTechnologiesProgramdefinesazeronetenergy buildingasaresidentialorcommercialbuildingwithgreatlyreducedneedsforenergythrough efficiencygains,withthebalanceofenergyneedssuppliedbyrenewabletechnologies.Source:NREL NAHBResearchCenter,February2006. 2

andsalespeople.TheEnergyCommissionmayprovidegreaterassistanceforbuilderschoosing tobuildtoTierIIenergyefficiencylevels.TheEnergyCommissionsgoalistoassistthe buildingandsolarindustriestothemaximumextentfeasibletoconstructandsellnewenergy efficient,solarresidentialbuildings. ByparticipatingintheNSHP,applicantsauthorizetheEnergyCommissionand/ortheprogram administrators 6 duringthetermoftheNSHPtoobtaininformationfromtheutilityservingthe projecttoverifycompliancewithprogramrequirements,includingrequirementsforsystem interconnectiontotheutilitygrid.Inaddition,theapplicantmustprovidetotheEnergy CommissionnewhomeownercontactinformationwhenrequestedbytheEnergyCommission and/ortheprogramadministrators. TheNSHPmaybeperiodicallyevaluatedandmodifiedtoensureprogresstowardprogram goals.Theevaluationmayincludecomparingtheexpectedenergygenerationofsystemstothe actualoutputovertime;determiningthecostbenefitprofileofsystems;and/or,assessing overallprogramprogresstowardmeetinginstalledcapacitytargets.Inaddition,anevaluation couldincludeinvestigatingriskstolongtermachievementofexpectedperformancelevels, suchastheeffectsofunforeseenshadingorpoorsystemmaintenance,andidentifyingpotential actionsthatwouldreducethoserisks.Lastly,theNSHPmaybemodifiedinthefutureto addresstheeligibilityofsolarthermalelectricsystems,whicharepotentiallyeligiblefor fundingundertheCSI(SB1)pursuanttoSenateBill107 7 andSenateBill1250. 8 FundingfortheNSHPisprovidedthroughtheEnergyCommissionsRenewableResource TrustFundinaccordancewithPublicResourcesCodeSection25744.5,whichauthorizesthe allocationanduseoffundingavailableforemergingrenewabletechnologiesintheRenewable ResourceTrustFundtofundphotovoltaicandsolarthermalelectricsystemsinaccordancewith theeligibilityrequirementsestablishedunderSB1.Becauseofthis,theNSHPisconsideredan elementwithintheEnergyCommissionsRenewableEnergyProgramumbrellaandissubjectto thegeneraladministrativerequirementsintheEnergyCommissionsOverallProgramGuidebook fortheRenewableEnergyProgram(OverallProgramGuidebook). TheOverallProgramGuidebookdescribeshowtheRenewableEnergyProgramisadministered.It includesinformationandrequirementsthatapplyoveralltotheRenewableEnergyProgram andtheprogramelements,includinginformationdealingwithappeals,recordretention,audits, andenforcementactions.ToqualifyforfundingundertheNSHP,applicantsmustsatisfythe requirementsspecifiedinthisNSHPGuidebookandtheOverallProgramGuidebook.Theenergy efficiencyrequisitesinNSHParesubjecttotherequirementsoftheBuildingEnergyEfficiency Standards(Title24,Part6).Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtoreadandunderstandtheir responsibilitiesunderthesedocuments.
6ThetermprogramadministratorsreferstoPG&E,SCE,andSGD&E,fortheirrespectiveservice territories. 7SB107(Simitian),Chapter464,Statutesof2006,7,ascodifiedinPublicResourcesCodesection 25744.5. 8SB1250(Perata),Chapter512,Statutesof2006,11,ascodifiedinPublicResourcesCodesection25744, subd.(d). 3

C.

Summary of New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook Requirements

Thefollowingtableisabriefsummaryofprogrameligibilityrequirements.Theapplicant shouldrefertoChapterIIformoredetaileddescriptionsoftherequirements.
Table 1-1: Summary of Program Eligibility Requirements ProgramElement EligibleTechnologies EligibleElectricService Territories Eligiblehousingtypes NSHPRequirement Flatplatephotovoltaicsonly PG&E,SCE,SDG&E,andBVES Newresidentialconstruction,includingtotalbuildingrenovations, commonareasofhousingdevelopments,andqualifyingmixeduse projects. Newandnotpreviouslyplacedinservice,andontheEnergy Commissionseligibleequipmentwebsite. 36monthsforqualifyingSolarasStandardandSolarasanOption developmentsandaffordablehousingprojects. 18monthsforallotherprojects. ExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive(EPBI)basedonthereference systemreceiving$2.90/wattforaffordablehousingdwellingunits, $2.00/wattforprojectsmeetingTierIenergyefficiencyrequirements, or$2.25/wattforprojectsmeetingTierIIenergyefficiency requirements.Additionalfundingmaybeavailablefromtheutilities formeetingTierIandTierIIenergyefficiencyrequirements. Volumetrictrigger.DeclinesasprespecifiedtargetMWvolumesare reached. Dependsongeographiclocation,orientation,tilt,shading,and equipmentefficiency. TierI:ExceedstheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards(Title24,Part 6)ineffectonthedatethebuildingpermitisappliedforbyatleast 15%.TierII:ExceedstheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardsineffect onthedatethebuildingpermitisappliedforbyatleast30%.ENERGY STARlabelforappliancesprovidedbythebuilderforbothTierIand TierIIprojects,ifapplicable. EnergyefficiencymeasuresusedtomeettheNSHPenergyefficiency requirementsshallbefieldverifiedbyacertifiedHERSRater. Verificationofsomeenergyefficiencymeasuresmayberequiredtobe completedasearlyintheconstructionprocessasthefoundationor roughinconstructionwork. Solarenergysysteminstallation,equipmentandperformanceshallbe verifiedbytheinstallingcontractorandacertifiedHERSRater. SolarasanOptionprojectsonly. Gridconnectedwitheligibleutilityrequired.

EligibleEquipment ReservationPeriod

InitialIncentiveLevel

IncentiveLevelAdjustment IncentiveAdjustments EnergyEfficiency Requirements

EnergyEfficiencyMeasures InstallationFieldVerification

SolarEnergySystem InstallationFieldVerification Checkpoints Interconnection


Source: California Energy Commission

D.

Flow Charts of the NSHP Application and Payment Process

Thefollowingflowchartsprovidesasummaryoftheapplicationandpaymentprocessingof theNSHPprogram.Figure11showstheprocessforprojectswiththeNSHPenergyefficiency plancheckandFigure12showstheprocessforprojectsparticipatingintheirutilitiesnew constructionenergyefficiencyprogram.


Figure 1-1: Application Process Flow Chart for Projects With the NSHP Energy Efficiency Plan Check Applicant
(1) Submit Reservation Application Package Applicant completes and submits the Reservation Application Form (NSHP-1) and all required documentation as described in Chapter IV.

Program Administrator
(2) Review of Reservation Application Package

No

Complete and Accurate? A NSHP energy efficiency plan check is required.

Yes
(4) Install Energy Effiency Measures (5) Install Solar Energy System (3) Send Payment Claim Form (NSHP-2) to Applicant

(6) HERS Verification of the Energy Efficiency Measures

(7) HERS Verification of the Solar Energy System

Yes

(7.4) Review Revised Documentation Complete and Accurate?

Pass

Fail

Pass

Fail

(6.1) Correct the Cause of Failure

(7.1) Correct the Cause of Failure

Fail
(6.2) Revise Documentation New CF-1R

Fail
(7.2) Revise Documentation New CF-1R-PV

No

(6.3) Submit Revised Docs (8) HERS Rater completes the CF-4REE NSHP and any applicable CF-4Rs

(7.3) Submit Revised Docs (9) HERS Rater completes CF-4R-PV

(11) Review of Payment Claim Package Complete and Accurate? Program Administrator confirms CF4R-PV, CF-4R-EE NSHP, and any applicable CF-4Rs in the HERS Provider data registry.

Yes
(10) Submit Payment Claim Package Applicant completes and submits the Payment Claim Form (NSHP-2) and all required documentation as described in Chapter V. Source: California Energy Commission

No
(12) Issue Payment to Applicant

Figure 1-2: Alternate Application Process Flow Chart for NSHP Projects Participating in a Utility New Construction Program
Applicant
(1) Submit Reservation Application Package Applicant completes and submits the Reservation Application Package. No energy efficiency documentation is required (e.g. CF-1R, .bld or .mp8 files, construction plan set).

Program Administrator
(2) Review of Reservation Application Package

No

Complete and Accurate? A NSHP energy efficiency plan check is not required with the submittal of a utility new construction energy efficiency program approval letter.

Yes
(4) Install Energy Efficiency Measures (5) Install Solar Energy System (3) Send Payment Claim Form (NSHP-2) to Applicant

(6) Complete utility new construction program energy efficiency verification requirements

(7) HERS Verification of the Solar Energy System

Yes

(7.4) Review Revised Documentation Complete and Accurate?

Pass

Fail
(7.1) Correct cause of the Failure

No

Fail
(7.2) Revise Documentation New CF-1R-PV

(7.3) Submit Revised Documentation (8) HERS Rater completes CF-4R-PV (10) Review of Payment Claim Package Complete and Accurate?Program Administrator confirms CF-4RPV in the HERS Provider NSHP data registry.

Yes
(9) Submit Payment Claim Package Applicant completes and submits the Payment Claim Form (NSHP-2) and all required documentation, including the utility new construction energy efficiency program payment letters. Source: California Energy Commission

No

(11) Issue Payment to Applicant

E.

Renewable Energy Credits/Certificates

Whenelectricityisgeneratedusinganeligiblerenewableenergyresource,twocommoditiesare created.Thefirstcommodityistheelectricity,andthesecondistherenewableenergycredits (alsoreferredtoasrenewableenergycertificates,orRECs)representingthenonenergy, environmentalattributesassociatedwiththeelectricity.ForpurposesofthestatesRenewables PortfolioStandard,arenewableenergycreditisdefinedtoincludeallrenewableand environmentalattributesassociatedwiththeproductionofelectricityfromtheeligible renewableenergyresource... 9 TheEnergyCommissionrecognizesthatownersofsolarenergysystems,includingthose participatingintheNSHP,mayassertclaimsconcerningrenewableenergycreditsattributedto theirsolarenergysystems.However,theEnergyCommissionhasestablishednorulesor policiesgoverningthecreation,ownership,ordispositionofanysuchrenewableenergycredits. TheEnergyCommissiondoesnotrequireparticipantsoftheNSHPtorelinquishtheirclaimsof renewableenergycredits,ortotransferownershipofanysuchcreditstotheEnergy Commissionoranyotherentity,asaconditionofreceivingNSHPfunding.

F.

Applicability of Guidebook Changes to Existing Applications

1. TherulesbelowexplaintheapplicabilityofthisfiftheditionoftheNSHPGuidebookto existingapplications.Forpurposesofthissection,adoptiondatemeansthedatethe EnergyCommissionadoptsthiseditionoftheguidebook,andanapprovedapplication meansonethattheCommissionapprovedbeforetheadoptiondate.Anapproved applicationthathasnotreceivedanapprovedpaymentclaimwillcontinuetobegoverned bythepreviouseditionoftheguidebookexceptasfollows: a) Anapplicantthatsubmittedacompleteinterconnectionpackagetoitsutility interconnectiondepartmentonorbeforethereservationexpirationdateissubjectto thepaymentprocessoutlinedinChapterV. 2. Approvedapplicationsthathavebeenpaidorthathaveapprovedpaymentclaimsarenot eligibleforadditionalcompensation,ortoreapplyforadditionalcompensation,ortoclaim additionalcompensationforpastapplications. 3. Anapplicantwhosubmittedanapplicationpriortotheadoptiondateofthisfiftheditionof theguidebookanddidnotreceiveapprovaloftheapplicationbytheadoptiondatemayopt tofolloweitherthepreviousguidebookeditionorthisfifthedition.Theapplicantmust providewrittenoremailnoticetobesubjecttothisfiftheditionofthisguidebook.Ifno noticeisreceivedbytheprogramadministratorsortheCommissionpriortothereservation approvaloftheapplicationbytheprogramadministrator,theapplicationwillbegoverned bythepreviouseditionoftheguidebook. 4. Allapplicationssubmittedonoraftertheadoptiondatewillbegovernedbythisfifth editionoftheguidebook.

9RefertodefinitionintheOverallProgramGuidebook,January2011edition,page28. 7

CHAPTER II: Program Eligibility Requirements


Thischaptercoverstheeligibilityrequirementsnecessarytoreceiveincentives.Applicantsmay beeitherbuildingownersorbuilders/developers.Eligiblesolarenergysystemsarelimitedto systemsthatuseflatplatephotovoltaictechnologyinstalledonnewresidentialbuildingsthat haveachievedanEnergyCommissionspecifiedlevelofenergyefficiencybeyondthatrequired bytheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards. Qualifyingsolarenergysystemsmustservicenewlyconstructedresidentialbuildingsthatare singlefamilyhomes,duplexes,triplexes,condominiums,andothermultifamilybuildings, includingbothmarketrateandaffordablehousingprojects.Mixeduse 10 buildingswithboth residentialandnonresidentialoccupanciesmayalsoqualifyforfundingprovidedthatthey meettheenergyefficiencyrequirementsdescribedinChapterII,SectionB.Solarenergysystems servingthecommonareasofnewresidentialandmixedusebuildingsordevelopmentsarealso eligibleforincentivesaslongasthecommonareasarefortheprimarybenefitoftheresidential occupants.Acommonareathatispartofamixedusebuildingordevelopmentmustbeshown tobefortheprimarybenefitoftheresidentialoccupantstobeeligible.Solarenergysystems installedonadditionsoralterationstoexistingbuildingsdonotqualifyforNSHPincentives unlesstheentirebuildingcomplieswiththeNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirementsdescribedin ChapterII,SectionB. NSHPincentiveswillnotbeprovidedtoanysolarenergysystemservingelectricalloadsinthe nonresidentialportionsofadevelopment,exceptincasesofmixedusebuildingsorthe commonareasofresidentialdevelopmentsthatmeettherequirementsofChapterII,SectionB. NSHPincentiveswillnotbeprovidedtoanysolarenergysystemsinstalledontransient residences(forexample,motels,hotels).(SeeChapterII,SectionE,foradditionalinformationon transientresidences.) TobeeligibleforNSHPincentives,asolarenergysystemmustbeinstalledinconjunctionwith theconstructionofanewresidentialbuildingthatispermanentlyfixedtoitsfoundation.In addition,thebuildingpermitforthesolarenergysystemshouldbeapprovedbythebuilding codeenforcementagencypriortotheoriginaloccupancyofthenewlyconstructedbuildingbut nolaterthan180daysaftertheissuanceoftheoccupancypermit,withoriginaloccupancy occurringonorafterJanuary1,2007.

A.

Technology and System Ownership

FlatplatephotovoltaictechnologyistheonlytechnologyeligibletoreceiveNSHPincentives. Eligiblesolarenergysystemsshallbe1.00kilowatt(kW)AC(alternatingcurrent)orlargerin
10 Amixedusebuildinghasbothresidentialandnonresidentialoccupancies(forexample,firstfloor retail,upperfloorsmultifamilyresidential). 8

size,measuredaftertheinverter.Thesolarenergysystemmustbelocatedonthesamesite wheretheendusecustomersownelectricitydemandislocated.Itistheintentoftheprogram thateligiblesystemsremaininterconnectedtotheutilitydistributiongridandbeoperatedat theoriginallocationforatleastthe10yearwarrantyperiod.Ifthesystemisremovedfromthe buildingonwhichitwasoriginallyinstalledwithinthe10yearwarrantyperiod,theEnergy CommissionmayrequestrepaymentofalloraportionoftheNSHPfundingprovidedforthat system. Solarenergysystemsthatareleasedbytheendusecustomerorthatsupplyelectricitytothe endusecustomerthroughapowerpurchaseagreement(PPA)mayqualifyforNSHPfunding, providedtheapplicantandsystemsatisfytheadditionalrequirementsinChapterII,SectionO.

B.

NSHP Energy Efficiency Requirements

TobeeligibleforNSHPincentives,buildingsarerequiredtomeetoneoftwotiersofenergy efficiencybyexceedingtheenergyefficiencyrequirementsoftheeditionofTitle24,Part6,in effect 11 onthedatethebuildingpermitisappliedfor 12 .Table21andTable22showtheTierI andTierIIefficiencyrequirementsfordifferenteligiblebuildingtypes. Eachbuildingwhereaportionoftheelectricalloadisservedbythesolarenergysystemshall meettheenergyefficiencyrequirements.Energyefficiencycomplianceshallbedemonstrated forabuildingasawholeandcannotcombineunrelatedordetachedbuildings.

11The2008BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards(Title24,Part6)becameeffectiveonJanuary1,2010. 12TheNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirementsarebasedonTitle24,Part6,andnotanylocalordinance requiringenergyefficiencyexceedingTitle24,Part6. 9

Table 2-1: NSHP Energy Efficiency Requirements for Eligible Building Types, Excluding MixedUse Buildings BuildingType TierIEnergyEfficiency Requirements 13 Totalcompliancemarginofat least15percentbetterthan standardasindicatedonthe CertificateofCompliance(CF1R). TierIIEnergyEfficiency Requirements(2008Title24, Part6)13,14 Totalcompliancemarginofat least30percentbetterthan standardasindicatedontheCF 1RANDspacecooling compliancemarginofatleast30 percentbetterthanstandard. Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast30percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1ANDspace coolingcompliancemarginofat least30percentbetterthan standard. Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast30percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1.

LowRiseResidential 15

HighRiseResidential 16

Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process 17 ,process lightingenergy,ofatleast15 percentbetterthanstandardas indicatedonthePerformance CertificateofCompliance(PERF 1). Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast15percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1.

Detachednonresidential buildingthatissolelyfortheuse andbenefitoftheresidential occupants. 18

Source: California Energy Commission

13Theentirebuildingmustmeettheenergyefficiencyrequirements.Eachapplianceprovidedbythe buildermustbeENERGYSTARlabeledifENERGYSTARisapplicabletothatappliance.Thisappliesto TierIandTierIIprojects. 14Forthe2005Title24,Part6,TierIIenergyefficiencyrequirementsweretotalcompliancemarginofat least35percentbetterthanstandardANDspacecoolingcompliancemarginofatleast40percentbetter thanstandard. 15Abuilding,otherthanahotel/motelthatisofOccupancyGroupR,Division1,andismultifamilywith threestoriesorless,orasinglefamilyresidenceofOccupancyGroupR,Division3,oranOccupancy GroupUbuildinglocatedonaresidentialsite.RefertoTitle24,Part2,forbuildingoccupancygroups. 16Abuilding,otherthanahotel/motel,ofOccupancyGroupR,Division1withfourormorehabitable stories.HighriseresidentialbuildingsaresubjecttotheprovisionsofTitle24,Part6,fornonresidential buildings.RefertoTitle24,Part2,forbuildingoccupancygroups. 17Processisanactivityortreatmentthatisnotrelatedtothespaceconditioning,lighting,servicewater heating,orventilatingofabuildingasitrelatestohumanoccupancy.Refertothe2008BuildingEnergy EfficiencyStandardsforResidentialandNonresidentialBuildingsforadditionalinformation. 18Additionalenergyefficiencyrequirements:Formultifamilydevelopments,atleastoneresidential buildingmustmeettheenergyefficiencyrequirements.Forsinglefamilyresidentialdevelopments (subdivisions),allhomesintheresidentialdevelopmentmustmeettheenergyefficiencyrequirements. 10

Table 2-2: NSHP Energy Efficiency Requirements for Eligible Mixed-Use Buildings BuildingType TierIEnergyEfficiency Requirements13 Totalcompliancemarginofat least15percentbetterthan standardasindicatedontheCF 1R. TierIIEnergyEfficiency Requirements(2008Title24, Part6)13,14 Totalcompliancemarginofat least30percentbetterthan standardasindicatedontheCF 1RANDspacecooling compliancemarginofatleast30 percentbetterthanstandard. ResidentialOccupancy:Total compliancemarginofatleast30 percentbetterthanstandardas indicatedontheCF1RAND spacecoolingcompliancemargin ofatleast30percentbetterthan standard. AND NonresidentialOccupancy: Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast30percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1. ComplianceMargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast30percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1ANDspace coolingcompliancemarginofat least30percentbetterthan standard.

Lowrisemixedusewherethe CFA 19 ofthenonresidential occupancycomprisesnomore than20percentoftheCFAofthe building 20

Lowrisemixedusewherethe CFAofthenonresidential occupancycomprisesmorethan 20percentoftheCFAofthe building 21

ResidentialOccupancy:Total compliancemarginofatleast15 percentbetterthanstandardas indicatedontheCF1R. AND NonresidentialOccupancy: Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast15percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1.

Highrisemixedusewherethe CFAofthenonresidential occupancycomprisesnomore than20percentoftheCFAofthe building 22

Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast15percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1.

19Conditionedfloorarea(CFA)isthefloorarea(insquarefeet)ofenclosedconditionedspaceonall floorsofabuilding,asmeasuredatthefloorleveloftheexteriorsurfacesofexteriorwallsenclosingthe conditionedspace. 20Asolarenergysystemservingelectricalloadsintheentiremixedusebuildingshallbeeligiblefor NSHP.TheentirebuildingissubjecttotheprovisionsofTitle24,Part6,forlowriseresidentialbuildings. 21Onlytheportionofasolarenergysystemservingelectricalloadsinthelowriseresidentialoccupancy shallbeeligibleforNSHP.EachoccupancyshallmeettheprovisionsofTitle24,Part6,applicabletothat occupancy. 22Asolarenergysystemservingelectricalloadsintheentiremixedusebuildingshallbeeligiblefor NSHP.TheentirebuildingissubjecttotheprovisionsofTitle24,Part6forhighriseresidentialbuildings. 11

Highrisemixedusewherethe CFAofthenonresidential occupancycomprisesmorethan 20percentoftheCFAofthe building 23

HighriseresidentialOccupancy: Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast15percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1 AND NonresidentialOccupancy: Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast15percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1.

HighriseresidentialOccupancy: Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast30percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1ANDspace coolingcompliancemarginofat least30percentbetterthan standard AND NonresidentialOccupancy: Compliancemargin,excluding receptacle,process,process lighting,ofatleast30percent betterthanstandardasindicated onthePERF1.

Source: California Energy Commission

CompliancewiththeNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirementsshallbedeterminedusingthe performancecomplianceapproachusingsoftwareapprovedbytheEnergyCommission.A CertificateofCompliance(CF1R)orPerformanceCertificateofCompliance(PERF1)mustbe submitted.ThecompliancedocumentationmustbesignedbyaCertifiedEnergyPlans Examiner(CEPE)oraCertifiedEnergyAnalyst(CEA)whoisapprovedbytheCalifornia AssociationofBuildingEnergyConsultants(CABEC).CABECrequiresCEPEsandCEAsto haveseparatecertificationsforresidentialandnonresidentialstandardsaswellasseparate certificationsforeachofthedifferenteditionsofTitle24,Part6.Atthetimethecompliance documentationissigned,theCEPEorCEAmusthaveavalidCABECcertificationforthe buildingtype(residentialornonresidential)andfortheeditionofTitle24,Part6,ineffecton thedatethebuildingpermitisappliedfor.TheCEPEorCEAcanhelpdeterminewhichenergy efficiencymeasuresareneededtomeetNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirementsandpreparethe necessarydocumentationthatmustbesubmittedaspartoftheNSHPapplication.Foralistof CEPEsandCEAs,visittheCABECwebsiteat:[www.cabec.org/]. AnNSHPapplicationmustidentifyaHomeEnergyRatingSystem(HERS)Raterforboththe energyefficiencymeasuresandforthesolarenergysystem.Applicantsmayselectadifferent HERSRaterfortheverificationofenergyefficiencymeasuresandthesolarenergysystem,but thedocumentationmustbesubmittedtothesameHERSProvider.AHERSRaterwillverifythe installationofboththeenergyefficiencymeasuresandthesolarenergysystemforcompliance withNSHPrequirements.Theremaybeenergyefficiencyinspectionsthatneedtotakeplace earlyintheconstructionprocess;therefore,itiscriticalthattherebegoodcommunication
23 Onlytheportionofasolarenergysystemservingelectricalloadsinthehighriseresidentialoccupancy shallbeeligibleforNSHP.EachoccupancyshallmeettheprovisionsofTitle24,Part6,applicabletothat occupancy. 12

betweentheNSHPapplicant,builder,solarinstaller,andHERSRatertocoordinatewhen duringtheconstructionprocessaHERSverificationisneeded. Solarenergysystemsinstalledonadditionsoralterationstoexistingbuildingsdonotqualify forNSHPincentivesexceptinthecaseofresidentialbuildingswheretheenergyefficiency requirementsaremetfortheentirestructurebyutilizingthewholebuildingcompliance approach 24 .Meetingtheenergyefficiencyrequirementsbyusingtheadditionalonecompliance approachortheexisting+addition+alterationcomplianceapproachwillnotbeaccepted.Referto Chapter8ofthe2008Title24,Part6,ResidentialComplianceManual 25 . NSHPincentiveswillnotbeprovidedtoanysolarenergysystemservingelectricalloadsinthe nonresidentialportionsofadevelopment,exceptincasesofmixedusebuildingsorthe commonareas 26 ofsinglefamilyresidentialdevelopments(subdivisions)ormultifamily developments.Solarenergysystemsservingelectricalloadsonlyinthecommonareasof multifamilydevelopmentsareeligibleforNSHPincentivesiftheentiremultifamilyresidential buildingassociatedwiththecommonareameetstheenergyefficiencyrequirements.Solar energysystemsservingelectricalloadsonlyinthecommonareasofasinglefamilyresidential development(subdivision)areeligibleforNSHPincentivesifallhomesintheresidential developmentmeettheenergyefficiencyrequirements.Anyadditionalbuildingswhere electricalloadsareservedbythesolarenergysystemmustalsomeettheenergyefficiency requirements.Ifthesolarenergysystemdoesnotserveanyelectricalloadsinabuildingor serveselectricalloadsinabuildingthatdoesnothaveanyconditionedspace 27 ,thenfor multifamilydevelopmentsatleastoneresidentialbuildingmustmeettheenergyefficiency requirementsandforsinglefamilyresidentialdevelopments(subdivisions)allhomesinthe residentialdevelopmentmustmeettheenergyefficiencyrequirements. WhenthereisaneweditionofTitle24,Part6,buildingsforwhichabuildingpermithasbeen appliedforpriortotheeffectivedateoftheneweditionshallmeettheNSHPenergyefficiency

24ThewholebuildingapproachisdefinedinSection8.7.1ofthe2008BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards ResidentialComplianceManual,http://www.energy.ca.gov/2008publications/CEC4002008016/CEC400 2008016CMFREV1.PDF. 25www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2008standards/residential_manual.html 26Commonareasaredefinedasthosenondwellingportionsofabuildingthatareintendedforthe primarybenefitoftheresidentialoccupantsofthebuilding.Examplesinclude,butarenotlimitedto: hallways,laundryrooms,recreationrooms,managerunit,andtenantparking. 27Conditionedspacemaybedirectlyconditionedorindirectlyconditioned.Directlyconditionedspaceis anenclosedspacethatisprovidedwithwoodheating,isprovidedwithmechanicalheatingthathasa heatingcapacityexceeding10Btu/hrft,orisprovidedwithmechanicalcoolingthathasacooling capacityexceeding5Btu/hrft,unlessthespaceconditioningsystemisdesignedforaprocessspace. Indirectlyconditionedspaceisenclosedspace,including,butnotlimitedto,anunconditionedvolumein atriaofabuilding,that(1)isnotdirectlyconditionedspace;and(2)either(a)hasathermaltransmittance areaproduct(UA)todirectlyconditionedspaceexceedingthattotheoutdoorsortounconditioned space,anddoesnothavefixedventsoropeningstotheoutdoorsortounconditionedspace,or(b)isa spacethroughwhichairfromdirectlyconditionedspacesistransferredatarateexceedingthreeair changesperhour.Seethe2008BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards. (www.energy.ca.gov/2008publications/CEC4002008001/CEC4002008001CMF.PDF) 13

requirementsbasedontheprioreditionofTitle24,Part6;buildingsforwhichabuildingpermit hasbeenappliedforonoraftertheeffectivedateoftheneweditionofTitle24,Part6,shall meettheNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirementsbasedontheneweditionofTitle24,Part6.For allNSHPapplications,includingthosesubmitted,underreview,andapproved,anybuildings associatedwithasolarenergysystemwhichdoesnothaveanapprovedpaymentclaimpriorto theeffectivedateofthenewedition,shallmeettheNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirementsbased ontheneweditionofTitle24,Part6.Buildings,whichmustmeettheNSHPenergyefficiency requirementsbasedontheneweditionofTitle24,Part6,shallbesubjecttoanewNSHPenergy efficiencyplancheck. EXCEPTION:IftheNSHPapplicantprovidesabuildingpermitforthebuildingsassociated withthesolarenergysystem,orotherdocumentationfromtheauthorityhavingjurisdiction, indicatingthatthebuildingpermitwasappliedforpriortotheeffectivedateofthenewedition ofTitle24,Part6,theNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirementsshallbemetbasedontheprior editionofTitle24,Part6. QuestionsonenergyefficiencyrequirementsshouldbedirectedtotheEnergyStandards Hotlineattitle24@energy.ca.gov or18007723300.Additionalinformationcanbefoundonthe BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardswebpageat www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2008standards/index.html.

Energy Efficiency Documentation Submittal Process


Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtoparticipateintheirutilitiesnewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogramtoobtainthefinancialincentivesthatmaybeavailableformeetingeither TierIorTierIIenergyefficiencyrequirementsandtostreamlinetheNSHPenergyefficiency verificationprocess.SeeChapterII,SectionC,foradditionalinformation. Energy Efficiency Documentation Requirements During Reservation Phase 1. TheapplicantselectsaCEPEorCEAtopreparetheTitle24,Part6,documentation.The applicantidentifiesaHERSRaterforboththeenergyefficiencymeasuresandthesolar energysystem,andidentifiestheHERSProviderthathascertifiedtheHERSRater. ApplicantsdonothavetoselectthesameHERSRaterforverificationofboththeenergy efficiencymeasuresandthesolarenergysystem,butthedocumentationmustbesubmitted tothesameHERSProvider. 2. OncetheCEPEorCEAcompletestheenergyefficiencydocumentation(CF1RorPERF1), theapplicantmustincludeasignedcopyoftheenergyefficiencydocumentationandthe associatedelectronicinputfile(s) 28 aspartoftheNSHPapplication.Theelectronicinputfile mustbegenerateddirectlybyoneoftheEnergyCommissionapprovedTitle24,Part6, compliancesoftwareprograms,showingallofthemeasuresusedtomeettheenergy savingsrequirements.TheCF1R(orPERF1whenapplicable)andotherenergyefficiency
28Electronicfilesmaybesubmittedviaemailoronelectronicmedia.For2008Title24,Part6,thefile extensionforEnergyProfileswillbe.bldandforMICROPASfileswillbe.mp8. 14

documentationformsmustbeconsistentwiththeconstructionplanset.Thesedocuments willbeusedforthesubsequentNSHPenergyefficiencyplancheck. Theassociateddigitalinputfiles(e.g.*.bldor*.mp8)willbeuploadedintotheHERS ProviderdataregistryofanEnergyCommissionapprovedHERSProvider.Thisstepis usuallycompletedbytheprogramadministrator. TheenergyefficiencydocumentationwillbesubmittedtotheNSHPprogram administratorswiththeNSHPReservationApplication(NSHP1).Acopyofthe constructionplansetthatisusedforbuildingpermitpurposesmustbesubmittedbythe applicant.Theconstructionplansetisusedduringtheplancheckprocesstoverifythe energyefficiencymeasurestobeinstalledontheproject.Foralistofenergyefficiency documentsrequiredfortheNSHPplancheck,seethePlanCheckChecklistinAppendixC. Applicantsareencouragedtoprovidetheconstructionplansetinelectronicformat, preferablyportabledocumentformat(PDF).UponcompletionoftheNSHPplancheckand reviewandapprovalofallotherNSHPreservationapplicationdocuments,theapplicant willreceiveaPaymentClaimForm(NSHP2).TheNSHP2formmustbecompletedand submittedoncethesolarenergysystemandallenergyefficiencymeasureshavebeen installedandverified. Projectspartipatinginautilitynewconstuctionprogram,arenotrequiredtosubmitthese documentstotheNSHPprogramadministratorbutshallsubmittheutilitynew constructionenergyefficiencyprogramapprovalletterintheirNSHPapplication.Pleasesee ChapterII,SectionCforadditionalinformation. Energy Efficiency Documentation Requirements During Field Verification Phase 3. Theapplicantbeginsconstructionandinstallationofenergyefficiencymeasures.If required,theinstallingcontractorperformsdiagnostictestingorinspectionsandcompletes InstallationCertificates(CF6R)toverifythatenergyefficiencycompliancewasachieved.A HERSRaterwillneedtobeprovidedasignedCF6Rfromtheinstallingcontractororthe formsmustbeleftatthesite. TheapplicantmustmakearrangementswithaHERSRatertocompleteenergyefficiency verificationofmeasuresthatrequiretheHERSRatertobeonsiteearlyintheconstruction process(forexample,QualityInstallationofInsulation[QII],Housewrap/Airretarding wrap). AHERSRaterwillberequiredtoperformaninspectiontoverifyallmeasureslistedonthe FieldInspectionEnergyChecklist(CF4REENSHP)forallprojects,exceptthoseusinga PERF1.TheHERSRaterwillverifytheseenergyefficiencymeasuresbycompletingaCF 4REENSHP.ForfurtherdetailsontheCF4REENSHP,pleaseseeAppendixC,SectionB. ForprojectsusingaPERF1toshowcompliancewiththeNSHPenergyefficiency requirements,theHERSRaterwillnotcompletetheCF4REENSHP.InlieuoftheCF4R

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EENSHP,theapplicantisrequiredtocompleteallacceptanceteststhatarerequiredinthe PERF1. Inaddition,anymeasureslistedintheHERSRequiredVerificationSectionoftheCF1R, requireaHERSRaterfieldtestand/orverificationandtheapplicableCF4Rshallbe completedbytheHERSRater. Projectspartipatinginautilitynewconstuctionprogram,arenotrequiredtocomplete NSHPenergyefficiencyfieldverificationrequirements,butmustcompletetheenergy efficiencyfieldverificationrequirementsoftheutilitynewconstructionenergyefficiency program.PleaseseeChapterII,SectionCforadditionalinformation. Energy Efficiency Documentation Requirements During Payment Phase 4. NSHPProgramAdministratorswillconfirm,intheHERSProviderdataregistry,thatthe followingdocumentshavebeencompleted: Allapplicable(CertificateofFieldVerificationandDiagnosticTesting(CF4R)forms CF4REENSHP.

ProjectsusingaPERF1mustsubmitcopiesoftheapplicableacceptancetestformstothe programadministratorforcomplianceverification. Forprojectspartipatinginautilitynewconstuctionprogram,completionoftheabove documentswillnotneedtobeconfirmed;instead,theapplicantshallsubmittheutilitynew constructionenergyefficiencypaymentletterintheNSHPpaymentclaim.Pleasesee ChapterII,SectionC,foradditionalinformation.

C.

Utility New Construction Energy Efficiency Program Participation

Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtoparticipateintheirutilitiesnewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogramtoobtainthefinancialincentivesthatmaybeavailableformeetingeither TierIorTierIIenergyefficiencyrequirementsandtostreamlinetheNSHPenergyefficiency verificationprocess. WhenprojectsareparticipatinginboththeNSHPandautilitynewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogram,theprojectshallmeettheenergyefficiencyrequirementsoftheutilitynew constructionprograminlieuoftheNSHPenergyefficiencyrequirements.Theutilitynew constructionenergyefficiencyprogramismeanttoprovideaseparate,alternatepathforenergy efficiencycompliance. Forprojectsparticipatinginautilitynewconstructionenergyefficiencyprogram,thefollowing applies:

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ForNSHPprojectswhereautilitynewconstructionenergyefficiencyprogramapproval letterissubmittedwiththeNSHPreservationapplication,ortheapprovalisotherwise confirmedbytheutilityprogramadministrator,theapplicantisnotrequiredtoprovide energyefficiencydocumentation(forexample,CF1Rform,electronicinputfiles,plan set,andchecklistitems)withtheNSHPreservationapplication.Additionally,theproject isnotrequiredtocompleteaNSHPplancheck. ForNSHPprojectswhereautilitynewconstructionenergyefficiencyprogrampayment letterissubmitted,orthepaymentisotherwiseconfirmedbytheutilityprogram administrator,theapplicantisnotrequiredtohavetheCF4REENSHPoranyCF4Rs confirmedtobeinaHERSProviderdataregistrybytheprogramadministratorduring theNSHPpaymentprocess.

OnceanNSHPapplicantchoosestohavetheirprojectparticipateinautilitynewconstruction energyefficiencyprogram,itisexpectedthattheprojectwillsuccessfullycompletetheutility newconstructionenergyefficiencyprogram.If,forsomereason,theprojectisnotableto successfullycompletetheutilitynewconstructionenergyefficiencyprogram,thentheNSHP energyefficiencyrequirementsshallbemetintheirentirety .

D.

Permanent Foundation

Eligiblesolarenergysystemsmustbeinstalledonnewlyconstructedbuildingspermanently fixedtotheirfoundation.PermanentfoundationisdefinedinthePermanentFoundations GuideforManufacturedHousing(HUD7584). 29 ManufacturedhousingseekingeligibilityfortheNSHPmustprovideaNoticeof ManufacturedHomeorCommercialModularInstallationonaFoundationSystem(HDC 433A)priortoapprovalofapaymentclaim.

E.

Transient Housing

SolarenergysystemsinstalledontransientresidencesarenoteligibletoreceiveNSHP incentives.Onlybuildingswhere50percentormoreoftheresidentialunitsareoccupiedfor30 daysormoreandareoneofthefollowingoccupancygroupslistedintheCaliforniaBuilding Code,Title24,Part2 30 areeligibleforNSHPfunding. OccupancyGroupR,Division2 OccupancyGroupR,Division2.1

29U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment,PermanentFoundationsGuideforManufactured Housing,HUD7584,IssuedSeptember1996. 30http://publicecodes.citation.com/st/ca/st/b200v10/st_ca_st_b200v10_3_sec010.htm. 17

OccupancyGroupR,Division3 OccupancyGroupR,Division3.1 OccupancyGroupR,Division4

TheEnergyCommissionoritsprogramadministratorsreservetherighttorequestapplicants providedocumentationverifyingthattheprojectmeetsthetransienthousingrequirements listedabove.

F.

Grid Interconnection

Eligiblesolarenergysystemsmustbepermanentlyinterconnectedtotheelectricaldistribution gridoftheutilityservingthecustomerselectricalload.Thesitewherethesystemisinstalled mustreceiveelectricaldistributionservicefromanexistinginstateelectricalcorporation collectingfundstosupporttheprogramasstatedinChapterI.Theseinstateelectrical corporationsarePG&E,SCE,SDG&E,andBVES.Thesysteminterconnectiontotheutility distributiongridmustalsocomplywithapplicableelectricalcodes,utilityinterconnection requirements,andmeteringrequirements.Thesolarenergysystemshallnotbeinterconnected totheutilitydistributiongriduntiltheapplicanthasreceivedaformalapprovalletterfromthe interconnectiondepartmentofapplicantselectricutility. Multifamilyhousingprojects,bothmarketrateandaffordable,usingvirtualnetmetering 31 are eligibleforNSHPincentives.Formultifamilyhousingprojectsusingvirtualnetmetering,the residentialdwellingunitsmustmeetenergyefficiencyrequirementsinChapterII,SectionB.

G.

System Components

Majorsolarenergysystemcomponentsaredefinedasflatplatephotovoltaicmodules, inverters,andmeters. Allmajorsystemcomponentsmustbenewandmustnothavebeenpreviouslyplacedin serviceinanyotherlocationorforanyotherapplication.Equipmentpurchasedorinstalled morethan24monthsbeforeapplyingforareservationisnoteligible.Systemcomponents mustsatisfytheeligibilityrequirementsspecifiedinthemostrecentapprovededitionof GuidelinesforCaliforniasSolarElectricIncentivePrograms(SenateBill1) [www.energy.ca.gov/sb1/meetings/index.html].Approvedmajorcomponentswillbepostedon

31Virtualnetmeteringallowstheelectricityproducedbyasinglesolarenergysysteminstallationtobe creditedtothebenefitofmultipletenantsinamultifamilybuildingwithoutrequiringthesolarenergy systemtobephysicallyconnectedtoeachtenantsmeter.Virtualnetmeteringwasoriginallyadoptedin theCaliforniaPublicUtilitiesCommissionDecision0810036andmodifiedinDecision1107031. [docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PUBLISHED/FINAL_DECISION/139683.htm] 18

theEnergyCommissionseligibleequipmentwebsiteavailableat: [www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/equipment/index.php]. Theapplicantmustconfirmthatthecomponentspurchasedforasystemareeligiblewhen applyingforNSHPfunding.TheEnergyCommissionortheprogramadministratorswill confirmthattheequipmentidentifiedinareservationpackagemeetseligibilityrequirements priortoareservationbeinggranted. Becauseequipmentisaddedandremovedfromtheeligibleequipmentregularly,theEnergy Commissionrecommendstheapplicantwaitforanapprovedreservationbeforeinstallation commences.IftheapplicantbeginsorcompletestheinstallationbeforetheEnergyCommission hasapprovedthereservation,changestotheeligibleequipmentmaycreateasituationwhere significantandcostlysystemmodificationsarerequiredtocomplywithprogramguidelines.

H. System Performance Meter


Allsolarenergysystemsmustbeinstalledwithastandaloneperformancemeteroraninverter withabuiltinperformancemetersothatthecustomercandeterminetheamountofenergy producedbythesystem.

I. System Sized to Offset On-Site Electricity Load


Eligiblesolarenergysystemsshallbeaminimumsizeof1.00kWACmeasuredafterthe inverterandshallbesizedsothattheamountofelectricitythatisproducedoffsetspartorallof theendusecustomerselectricalneedsatthesiteofinstallation.Systems7.5kWACorlessare consideredtobesizedtoservetheonsiteelectricloadoftheendusecustomer.Themaximum incentivepaidforasystemservingasinglefamilyresidentialunitislimitedtothefirst7.5kW ACofthesystem.Forsystemsgreaterthan7.5kW,seeCalculatorExamplesat [www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/tools/nshpcalculator/Calculator_Examples.pdf]forfurther detailsonhowtodeterminethemaximumincentive.Whilecommonareasarenotsubjecttothe 7.5kWACcap,programadministratorsmayrequestadditionaldocumentationjustifyingthe systemsize.SeeChapterIII,SectionC,foradditionalinformationonmaximumincentives.

J. System Performance
Theincentiveamountwillbebasedontheestimatedperformanceofthesolarenergysystem, calculatedusingtheCaliforniaEnergyCommissionsPVCalculator(CECPVCalculator). 32 The estimatedperformanceofthesystemwillbethebasisforqualifyingforareservationandfor thefinalincentiveamount.Systeminstallationshallbeconsistentwiththecharacteristicsused todetermineestimatedperformancetoreceivethereservedincentiveamount.Thefinal

32Solarenergysystemsusingflatplatephotovoltaictechnologyaretheonlysystemseligibletoreceive NSHPincentives. 19

incentiveamountissubjecttoavailablefunds.Thecharacteristicsthatareaddressedbythe CECPVCalculatorincludeshadingbyanyobstructionofthemodules. TheCECPVCalculatorwillincludeCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteria(asdetailedin ChapterIII,SectionB)toestimateperformanceforarangeofmoduleorientationsandtilts.The CaliforniaFlexibleInstallationisintendedforuseonlybynewsinglefamilyresidential developments(subdivisions)andisnotallowableforapplicationsconsistingofonlyonesingle familydwellingoronlythecommonareaofamultifamilydevelopment.Systemsinstalled withintheallowablerangeoforientationsandtiltsandmeetingtheminimalshadingcriteria canusetheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriaasthebasisforthereservationapplication andincentiverequestwithoutprovidingmorespecificorientationsandtilts.Thirdpartyfield verificationwillbeconductedtoassesswhethersystemshavebeeninstalledconsistentwiththe characteristicsusedtodetermineestimatedperformance.

K. System Installation
Solarenergysystemsmustbeinstalledinconformancewiththemanufacturersspecifications andinstallationinstructions;allapplicableelectrical,fire,andbuildingcodesandstandards;all utilityinterconnectionrequirements;andanylocalcodesandordinances. Ifinstalledundercontract,systemsmustbeinstalledbyanappropriatelylicensedcontractor,in accordancewithrulesandregulationsadoptedbytheCaliforniaContractorsStateLicense Board.InstallationcontractorsmusthaveanactiveA,B,C10,oraC46license.Contractors withroofingspecificlicensesmayplacephotovoltaicmodulesinaccordancewithlimitationsof theirspecificlicenses;however,electricalconnectionsmustbemadebyanabovementioned contractor.OwnerbuildersareallowedundertheNSHPtoinstalltheirownsystems. 33 TheEnergyCommissionencouragesinstallationcontractorstobecomecertifiedbytheNorth AmericanBoardofCertifiedEnergyPractitioners(NABCEP).See[www.nabcep.org]for additionalinformation.

L. Solar Energy System Field Verification


AllinstalledsolarenergysystemsshallbethirdpartyfieldverifiedasdescribedinAppendixB toensurethatinstallationsareconsistentwiththeinformationusedtodeterminetheestimated performance,reservations,andultimatelythefinalincentiveamount.Fieldverification proceduresshallbeconsistentwiththecurrentBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards [www.energy.ca.gov/title24].Fieldverificationfornewhousingdevelopmentsmayemploythe samplingapproachasallowedinthecurrentBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards. 34
33Forinformationonrestrictionsplacedonownerbuilders,contacttheContractorsStateLicenseBoard at(800)321CSLBtoobtainacurrenteditionoftheContractorsLicenseLawandHandbook. 34Forthe2005BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardsseeChapter7oftheResidentialAlternative CalculationMethod(ACM)ApprovalManual.Forthe2008BuildingEfficiencyStandards,seeAppendix RA2ofthe2008ReferenceAppendices. 20

Fieldverificationwilldetermineiftheinstalledsolarenergysystemisconsistentwiththe CaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteria(includingtheminimalshadingcriteria)orthe uniquelyspecifiedorientation,tilt,andshadingcharacteristicsofthesystem,asappropriate. Whenfieldverificationindicatesthattheinstallationisnotconsistentwiththeparametersused tocalculatetheestimatedperformancesubmittedintheNSHPapplication,thedeficiencies mustbecorrectedortheestimatedperformancemustberecalculatedbasedontheactual installationparameters.Whenfieldverificationindicatesthattheinstallationwillachievean estimatedperformancegreaterthanthatusedforthereservation,theestimatedperformance mayberecalculatedattheapplicantsoptiontoreflectthehigherperformance.Anyrevised estimatedperformancedocumentationmustberesubmittedtoNSHP.

M. Warranty Requirements
Allsolarenergysystemsmusthaveaminimum10yearwarrantyprovidedincombinationby themanufacturerandequipment/sellerinstaller.Duringthe10yearperiod,thewarrantymust protectagainst: 1) Defectsinmaterialsandworkmanship 2) Systemorcomponentbreakdown 3) Degradationinelectricaloutputofmorethan15percentfromtheoriginallyrated electricaloutput. Thewarrantymustcoverthesolargeneratingsystem,includingtheflateplatephotovoltaic modules,inverters,andmeters,andprovidefornocostrepairorreplacementofthesystemor systemcomponents,includinganyassociatedlaborduringthewarrantyperiod.

N. Equipment Sellers/Installers
ToparticipateintheNSHP,companiesthatselland/orinstallsolarenergysystemequipment mustbeselfregisteredontheEnergyCommissionsContractors,Installers,andSellers Database(database).Equipmentsellers/installersshouldhavethefollowinginformation availablepriortoselfregistration: 1) Businessname,address,phone,fax,andemailaddress 2) Ownerorprincipalcontact 3) Businesslicensenumber 4) Contractorlicensenumber(ifapplicable) 5) ProofofgoodstandingonrecordwiththeCaliforniaSecretaryofState,asrequiredfor corporateandlimitedliabilityentities 6) Resellerslicensenumber ThisinformationmustbesubmittedtotheEnergyCommissionthroughtheselfregistration processbeforeacompanycanbecomeeligibletoparticipateintheNSHP.
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Selfregistrationcanbedoneonlineat: www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/database/addcompany.php. Sellers,contractors,orinstallersthatarelistedintheonlinedatabaseshouldmaintaintheir informationonaregularbasis.Thiscanbedoneusingthelogonaccountnameandpassword providedwhenthecompanyhasinitiallyselfregistered.Updatescanbecompletedonlineat: www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/database/update.php TheEnergyCommissionwillsendoutemailsperiodicallytoremindcompaniestoupdatetheir onlineinformation,contacts,andotherdata. Itistheresponsibilityofeachcompanytomaintainitsonlineinformation.IftheEnergy Commissionsemailsarereturnedasundeliverable,andtheEnergyCommissioncannotreach thatcompanybyphoneorbyregularU.S.mail,theEnergyCommissionreservestherightto removethecompanyfromtheonlinedatabaseafterathreemonthperiod.

O. Leases and Power Purchase Agreements


Solarenergysystemsthatareleasedbyanendusecustomerorprovideelectricitytoanenduse customerunderapowerpurchaseagreement(PPA)areeligibleforNSHPfundingifthelease agreementorPPAisexecutedandhasastartdateonorafterJuly1,2009.Leaseagreements andPPAsthatareexecutedorhaveastartdatebeforeJuly1,2009,arenoteligibleforfunding eventhoughthesystemmayhavebeeninstalledafterthisdate.LeaseagreementsandPPAs musthaveaninitialtermofnolessthan10yearsandmustprovidethelesseeorcustomerthe followingoptionsattheendoftheinitialtermoftheagreement: 1) Renewtheagreement 2) Purchasethesystem 3) Removethesystematnocosttothelesseeorcustomer. Inaddition,leaseagreementsandPPAsmustdemonstratethattheNSHPfundingbenefitsthe endusecustomerbydirectlyandexclusivelyreducingtheleasepaymentsforthesystemorthe costofelectricityproducedbythesystem. ForthefirstfiveyearsoftheleaseorPPA,thelessororownerofthesolarenergysystem,inthe caseofaPPA,shallprovideanannualstatusreporttotheprogramadministratoronthe operationoftheNSHPfundedsolarenergysystem.Theannualstatusreportshalladdress agreementsexecutedthroughDecember31ofeachyear,besubmittedtotheprogram administratornolaterthanJanuary31ofeachyear,andshallincludethefollowinginformation foreachsystem: 1) Datethattheagreementwasfullyexecutedandthestartdateoftheagreement
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2) Operationalstatusofthesystem 3) Statusoftheagreement,andifstatushaschanged,dateofchangeandreasonforthe change.(Statuschangeswouldprimarilyinclude,changeinlesseeorcustomer,system purchase,terminationofagreement,andsystemremoval.) TheannualstatusreportshallbesubmittedtotheEnergyCommissioniftheNSHPisnot administeredbyaprogramadministrator. IfanyleaseagreementorPPAforasystemthatreceivedfundingfromtheNSHPisterminated andthesystemisremovedfromthebuildingonwhichitwasoriginallyinstalled,theNSHP fundingreceivedbytheapplicantshallberepaidbythelessororsystemownertotheEnergy Commissionintheamountsspecifiedbelow: Iftheagreementisterminatedwithinoneyearofthesystemsinstallationorthestart dateoftheagreement,whicheverislater,100percentofthefundingreceivedshallbe repaid. Iftheagreementisterminatedwithintwoyearsofthesystemsinstallationorthestart dateoftheagreement,whicheverislater,80percentofthefundingreceivedshallbe repaid. Iftheagreementisterminatedwithinthreeyearsofthesystemsinstallationorthestart dateoftheagreement,whicheverislater,60percentofthefundingreceivedshallbe repaid. Iftheagreementisterminatedwithinfouryearsofthesystemsinstallationorthestart dateoftheagreement,whicheverislater,40percentofthefundingreceivedshallbe repaid. Iftheagreementisterminatedwithinfiveyearsofthesystemsinstallationorthestart dateoftheagreement,whicheverislater,20percentofthefundingreceivedshallbe repaid. Repaymentshallnotberequirediftheagreementisterminatedmorethanfiveyears afterthesystemsinstallationorthestartdateoftheagreement,whicheverislater. Repaymentwillnotberequiredifasystemisdestroyedbynaturaldisasterorfireatno faultofthelessor/ownerorlessee/customer.

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Nothinginthissectionprecludesanapplicantfromusinganotherwisevalidreservationto requestarebateforasystemthatisleasedorprovideselectricitythroughapowerpurchase agreement.

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CHAPTER III: Incentive Levels and Structure


ThischapterdescribestheincentivesofferedbytheNSHPprogram.TheNSHPprovidesan ExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive(EPBI)usingaspecificdollarsperwattamountapplied totheEnergyCommissionspecifiedreferencesolarenergysystem.Theincentiveamountfor eachapplicantsolarenergysystemisdeterminedbyanalysisusingtheCECPVCalculatorand ispaidwhenthesolarenergysystemhasbeeninstalled,approvedbythelocalbuilding authority,andallprogramrequirementshavebeenmet.Detailedinformationonhowthe incentiveamountisdeterminedcanbefoundinSectionB. Incentiveswilldeclineoverthelifeoftheprogram,withtheprogramsapplicationprocess closingnolaterthantheendof2016.Incentivelevelsandreservedvolumearesubjectto fundingavailability.

A.
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Incentive Levels and Decline Schedule


Incentive Levels for Market Rate Housing and Affordable Housing Common Area Projects

Therearetwoavailableincentivelevels: TierIIncentive:BeginningonJanuary12,2012,theEPBIamountisbasedonthe referencesolarenergysystemreceiving$2.00/watt.TheTierIincentiveappliesto projectsthathaveanenergyefficiencycompliancemarginofatleast15percentbetter thantheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardsasspecifiedinChapterII,SectionB. TierIIIncentive:BeginningonJanuary12,2012,theEPBIamountisbasedonthe referencesolarenergysystemreceiving$2.25/watt.TheTierIIincentiveappliesto projectsthathaveanenergyefficiencycompliancemarginofatleast30percentbetter thantheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardsandaspacecoolingcompliancemargin ofatleast30percentbetterthantheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardsasspecifiedin ChapterII,SectionB. Theactualincentiveamountforaparticularsolarenergysystemandinstallationdependson theEPBIcalculationofthesystemsexpectedperformancecomparedtothereferencesolar energysystem.IncentivelevelswilldeclinewhenthecumulativeMWcapacityofplancheck readyapplications 35 equalstheMWreservedvolumetargetspecifiedinTable31,below 36 .An
35 Plancheckreadyapplicationsarecompletereservationapplicationswherethesupporting documentationhasbeenreviewedanddeemedcorrectbytheprogramadministrator. 36Forexample,whenthecumulativecapacityofTierI,TierII,andaffordablehousingapplications (plancheckreadyapplications)equals5MWs,theTierIincentiveswilldropfrom$2.00/wattto$1.75/ 25

applicationdeemedcompletebytheprogramadministratordoesnotindicatereservation approvalandshouldnotbeconsideredareservationapproval.Theprogramadministrators reviewforcompletenessisusedmerelyfordeterminingincentiveleveldeclines. Fundsreservedforsolarenergysystemsnotinstalledwithintheallowedreservationperiod willbereallocatedtotheincentivelevelineffectatthetimethoseapprovedreservationsexpire orarecancelled,andthereservedvolumetargetsfromthatpointforwardwillbeadjustedto reflectthefundsfromtheexpiredorcancelledreservations.Unusedfundsfromreservations forsolarenergysystemsthatreducetheirsizewillbeaddedtotheincentivelevelineffectatthe timetheprogramadministratorreceivesnotificationofthatchangeandsupporting documentation.
Table 3-1: EPBI Incentive Levels and Related Reservation Volumes

TierIIncentive (perwatt,referencesystem) $2.50 $2.25 $2.00 $1.75 $1.50 $1.25 $1.00 $0.75 $0.50 $0.25

TierIIIncentive (perwatt,referencesystem) $2.60 $2.35 $2.25 $2.00 $1.75 $1.50 $11.25 $1.00 $0.75 $0.50

ReservedVolume Target (MWAC) 55.3 N/A 5 10 15 20 35 50 65 85

Fortheoriginalincentivelevels,pleaserefertothepreviouseditionoftheNSHPGuidebook. *Reservedvolumeincludesreservedaffordablehousingresidentialunitvolume,discussedlaterinthis guidebook.


Source: California Energy Commission

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Incentive Levels for Affordable Housing Residential Unit Projects

BeginningonJanuary12,2012,theEPBIamountforaffordablehousingresidentialunitprojects isbasedonthereferencesolarenergysystemreceiving$2.90/watt.Thefollowingincentive levelsapplytoeligibleaffordablehousingresidentialunitprojects.Eligibilityrequirementsfor affordablehousingcanbefoundinChapterIV,SectionA.Thedesignoftheincentivelevelsand

wattandtheTierIIincentiveswilldropfrom$2.25/wattto$2.00/watt.Atthattime,theincentivelevelfor affordablehousingprojectswilldropfrom$2.90/wattto$2.55/watt,unlesstheincentivelevelhad alreadydroppedto$2.55/wattbecausethe0.25MWreservedvolumetargetforaffordablehousing projectshadalreadybeenreached. 26

declinestructureforaffordablehousingisthesameasthedesignformarketratehousingas discussedearlier.

Table 3-2: EPBI Incentive Levels for Affordable Housing Residential Unit Projects

ResidentialDwellingUnit Incentive (perwatt,referencesystem) $3.50 $3.15 $2.90 $2.55 $2.20 $1.85 $1.50 $1.15 $0.80 $0.45

CommonArea Incentive* (perwatt,referencesystem) $3.30 $2.97

ReservedVolume Target** (MWAC) 5.5 N/A 0.25 0.5 0.75 1.0 1.75 2.5 3.25 4.25

*Affordablehousingcommonareaprojectsreceivetheincentivelevelsthatapplyformarketrate housing. **Thereservedaffordablehousingresidentialunitvolumesisincludedinthereservedvolumefor marketratehousingandaffordablehousingcommonareaprojects.


Source: California Energy Commission

Multifamilyaffordablehousingprojectsusingvirtualnetmeteringareeligiblefortheaffordable housingresidentialdwellingunitincentivefortheportionofthesolarenergysystemthatis allocatedtothetenants.Formultifamilyaffordablehousingprojectsusingvirtualnetmetering, theresidentialdwellingunitsmustmeettheenergyefficiencyrequirementsinChapterII, SectionB.

3.

Change in Incentive Level

WhenthecumulativeMWcapacityofapplications(deemedcompletebyprogram administrators)reachestheMWreservedvolumetargetforthatincentivelevel,theincentive levelwilldroptothenextincentivelevel.Ifthecapacityforanapplicationexceedsthe remainingcapacityinthecurrentincentivelevel,thereservationforthatapplicationwillbe splitbetweenthecurrentincentivelevelandthenextincentivelevel.TheEnergyCommission willnotprovideadvancenoticetoinformprogramparticipantsofadropintheincentive levelsasshownintheabovetables.However,informationonthecurrentincentivelevel,the MWcapacityapprovedforthecurrentincentivelevel,andtheMWcurrentlyunderreview willbeavailableontheNSHPApplicationWebTool, https://www.newsolarhomes.org/WebPages/Public/RebateLevelView.aspx,tohelpapplicants makeaninformeddecisiononprogramincentives.Itistheapplicantsresponsibilitytobe awareofthecurrentincentivelevelandtheMWcapacityremaininginthecurrentincentive
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level.Projectsmaybereservedatalowerincentivelevelthantheincentivelevelineffectatthe timethereservationapplicationissubmitted.

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Expected Performance-Based Incentive Calculation

TheNSHPprovidesanincentivebasedontheexpectedperformance(thatis,expectedannual electricalgeneration)ofasolarenergysysteminstalledinaspecificlocation.TheEPBIis determinedbyanalysisusingtheCECPVCalculator.Theanalysisaccountsforthetestedand certifiedperformanceofthespecificmoduleandinverter,themountingtypeandcell temperature,theorientationandtiltofthemodules,andtheextenttowhichthesystemis shaded.TheCECPVCalculatoraccountsfortheseparametersthatareunderthecontrolofthe builder/installer,aswellasthesolarandclimaticconditionsforthelocaleofthebuildingto determinethehourlyestimatedperformanceoverayear.Thisisthenweightedtoaccountfor thetimeofusevalueoftheelectricgenerationtotheutilitysystem(referredtoastime dependentvaluation[TDV]). TheweightedTDVannualkilowatthour(kWh)productionofanapplicantsystemiscompared totheweightedTDVannualkWhproductionofareferencesystem.TheCECPVCalculator convertstheavailable$/wattACincentivelevelintotheequivalentincentiveamountforthe TDVweightedkWhofannualproductionforthereferencesystem.Thisequivalentincentive perTDVweightedkWhrateisappliedtotheexpectedannualTDVperformancedeterminedby theCECPVCalculatorfortheapplicantsystemtodeterminetheincentiveforthespecific equipmentandinstallationcharacteristicsofthatsystem. TheEnergyCommissionusesthereferencesystemshowninthefollowingtable:
Table 3-3: Reference Solar Energy System and Installation

Parameters
Location Azimuth Tilt Mounting PhotovoltaicModules NumberofModules Strings(seriesandparallel) Inverter Shading DefaultLosses
Source: California Energy Commission

ReferenceSystemandInstallation
SanJose(latitude,longitude,ClimateZone4,weatherfile,TDV values) 180degrees(southorientation) 22.6degrees(5:12pitch) BuildingIntegratedPhotovoltaics(BIPV) MatchesSystemsInstalledatPremierGardens,Sacramento 37

None 0.88fordirt,dustandmismatchedwiring

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California Flexible Installation

InlieuofsitespecificEPBIanalysisasdescribedabove,theNSHPprogrampermitsapplicants tousetheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriaasanalternativeapproachtoestimatethe EPBI.TheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationisintendedforuseonlybynewsinglefamily residentialdevelopments(subdivisions)andisnotallowableforapplicationsconsistingofonly onesinglefamilydwellingoronlythecommonareaofaresidentialdevelopment.The CaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriaofferasimplifiedapproachtoestimatingtheincentives forthosesolarenergysystemsinadevelopmentthataredesignedandinstalledtomeetthe criteria.OneEPBIcalculationcanbemadeforallsolarenergysystemsinasubdivisionthat meetallofthefollowing:1)haveanazimuthrangingfrom150to270degrees,2)haveatilt correspondingtoaroofpitchbetween0:12and7:12,3)meettheminimalshadingcriteria,4) usethesamemake,model,andquantityofmajorsystemcomponents,and5)fixed,nontracking mounting.Theminimalshadingcriteriaimpliesnoexisting,planned,orpotentialshading obstructionsthatarecloserthanadistanceoftwicetheheightthattheobstructionextends abovethenearestpointonthearray. CaliforniaFlexibleInstallationincentiveswillbecalculatedusingthefollowingdefault parameters:azimuthof170degrees,tiltof5:12,twostorymountingheight,fixednontracking mounting,andminimalshading.Userinputwillbeusedforphotovoltaicmoduleandinverter make,modelandquantity,arraystandoffheightfromroof,location,andincentivetype.

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C.

NSHP Incentive Amount Cap

Incentivesforaffordablehousingprojects(residentialdwellingunitandcommonareas)willbe limitedto75percentofthetotalsystemcost.Incentivesforallotherprojectswillbelimitedto 50percentofthetotalsystemcost.Forprojectssubjecttothe7.5kWACsystemsizecap referencedinChapterII,SectionI,theincentivewillbeequaltowhicheveramountisless.For projectswheretheincentivehasbeenlimitedtothefirst7.5kWACofthesystem: Ifthisisanaffordablehousingresidentialdwellingunitprojectandthe7.5kWAC cappedincentiveisgreaterthan75percentofthetotalsystemcost,thenthetotal incentivewillbe75percentofthetotalsystemcost. Ifthisisamarketratehousingprojectandthe7.5kWACcappedincentiveisgreater than50percentofthetotalsystemcost,thenthetotalincentivewillbe50percentofthe totalsystemcost. Ifthisisanaffordablehousingresidentialdwellingunitprojectandthe7.5kWAC cappedincentiveislessthan75percentofthetotalsystemcost,thenthetotalincentive willbethe7.5kWACcappedincentive.

Ifthisisamarketratehousingprojectandthe7.5kWACcappedincentiveislessthan 50percentofthetotalsystemcost,thenthetotalincentivewillbethe7.5kWACcapped incentive. Totalsystemcostconsistsofthecostoftheequipmentandmaterialsforthesolarenergy system,includingsalestax,labortoinstallthesolarenergysystem,andcostsofsolarenergy systempermitsissuedbytheauthorityhavingjurisdiction.Allothercosts,includingfinancing oradministrativefees,incurredbyanypartyarenotconsideredpartofthetotalsystemcost. Thecostofanyequipmentusedtostoretheelectricityproducedbythesolarenergysystemis notconsideredpartofthetotalsystemcost.

D.

Other Incentives May Affect the NSHP Incentive Amount

IncentivesreceivedfromsourcesotherthantheNSHPthatlowerthecostofthesolarenergy systemmayaffecttheincentiveamountapplicantsreceivefromtheEnergyCommission.If incentivesarefromotherutilityincentiveprograms,aStateofCaliforniasponsoredincentive program,orafederalgovernmentsponsoredincentiveprogram(otherthantaxcredits),a minimumof5percentofthetotalincentivesreceivedorexpectedfromothersourceswillbe subtractedfromtheNSHPincentiveamount.Thepercentagereductionwillbeincreasedas necessarytoensurethesumofallincentivesreceivedorexpectedfromallsources,including theNSHP,doesnotexceedthetotalcostofthesystem. TheNSHPwillnotissueareservationormakeapaymentforanysystemorportionofasystem thathasreceivedpaymentfrom,oriseligibleforandparticipatingin,theCaliforniaPublic
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UtilitiesCommissionapprovedCaliforniaSolarInitiativeprogram,oranyotherincentive programforsolarenergysystemsusingelectricutilityratepayerfunds.

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CHAPTER IV: Reservation Process


Thischapterdescribesthetypesofreservationsandthedocumentationrequiredtoreserve fundingfromtheNSHP. Pleasereadthefollowingdescriptionscarefullytodeterminewhichreservationyourproject mayqualifyforandthedocumentationyouwillneedtoprovide.Oncetherequired informationhasbeensubmittedandconfirmedtomeettherequirementsoftheNSHP,the reservationapplicationwillbeapproved,andfundingwillbereservedforyourproject.

A.

Types of Reservations

Projectswillreceivean18monthor36monthreservation,dependingontheprojecttype.

1.

36-Month Reservation
SolarasStandard:Developmentsof6ormoreresidentialdwellingunitswherethe builder/developerhascommittedtoinstallingsolarenergysystemson50percentor moreofthedwellingunitsandthatmeetatminimum,theCaliforniaFlexible Installationcriteria,areeligibleforaSolarasStandardreservation. 38 Thisincludes singlefamilyandmultifamilyprojects.PleaseseeChapterIV,SectionD,foradditional information. SolarasanOption:Thebuilder/developerofferssolarenergysystemsasanoptionto residentialhomebuyers.PleaseseeChapterIV,SectionE,foradditionalinformation. AffordableHousingProjects:Thisincludesaffordablehousingresidentialdwellingunit projectsandaffordablehousingcommonareaprojects.PleaseseeChapterIV,SectionC, foradditionalinformation.

Thefollowingprojectsareeligiblefora36monthreservationperiod:

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18-Month Reservation
Customhomes Smalldevelopments/phases(under6residentialdwellingunits)

Thefollowingprojectsareeligibleforan18monthreservationperiod:

38Abuildoutphaseispartorallofadevelopmentwhichanapplicantplanstobuildwithinthe reservationperiod. 32

Projectswheresolarwillbeinstalledonlessthan50percentoftheresidentialdwelling units Commonareasofmarketrateresidentialdevelopments Table41,shownbelow,liststheprojecttypesandtheirrequireddocumentationforthe reservationapplication.

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Table 4-1: Project Types and Required Reservation Application Documentation

ProjectType ReservationApplication Documents


ReservationApplicationForm: NSHP1 FinalSubdivisionMap* BuildingPermit EPBIDocumentation CF1RPVForm ElectronicInputFiles(.emf, .her) EnergyEfficiencyDocumentation CF1RForm ElectronicInputFiles (.bld/.mp7,.mp8) PlanSetandChecklistItems UtilityNewConstructionEnergy EfficiencyProgramApproval Letter** EquipmentPurchaseAgreement LeaseAgreement/PowerPurchase Agreement(PPA)*** InstallationContract RegulatoryAgreement BuildoutSchedule X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Affordable Housing Residential Dwelling Unit X X Affordable Housing Common Area X X Projectsw/Solar onLessThan 50%of Residential Units X X X

Solaras Standard X X

Solar asan Option X X

Custom Home X X

Small Development /Phases X X

MarketRate Common Areas X

X X

X X

*Applicantsmayprovideeitherafinalsubdivisionmaporbuildingpermitasproofofresidentialnewconstruction. **Iftheprojectisparticipatingintheutilitynewconstructionenergyefficiencyprogram,thentheapplicantmaysubmittheprogramapprovalletterinplaceoftheenergyefficiency documentation. ***InthecaseofleaseorPPAprojects,aleaseagreement/PPAisnotrequireduntilpaymentclaim,howeveraleaseagreementorPPAwithequipmentlistedmayreplacetheequipment purchaseagreement. Source: California Energy Commission

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B.
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Forms and Documentation


Reservation Application Form

TheReservationApplicationForm(NSHP1)providesgeneralinformationabouttheproposed project,andtheelectricutilityserviceareainwhichtheprojectwillbelocated,andmustbe signedbythehomeownerorbuilder/developer.Theformalsoidentifieswhatinformationmust besubmittedwiththeapplicationandrequiresapplicantstoprovidethecontactinformationof theHERSRater.TheNSHP1providesthehomeownerorbuilder/developeranopportunityto assignhis/heradministrativerights.

2.

Proof of Newly Constructed Residential Building

Applicantsmustsubmiteitheracopyofthefinalsubdivisionmaporbuildingpermitsfor newlyconstructedbuildings.Ifafinalsubdivisionmapissubmitted,eachsiteincludedinthe reservationmustbeindicatedaspreplottedlocationsonthemap.Gradingpermitsandexpired permitsarenotacceptableandmaynotbesubmittedtosupportanapplication.Total rehabilitationsofresidentialdwellingunitsmustprovideadequateproofthattheentireunit(s) aretoberenovatedandwillmeetorexceedtheenergyefficiencyrequirementsfortheentire structure.PleaserefertoChapterII,SectionB,forinformationontheenergyefficiency requirementsandadditionalbuildingpermitrequirementswhenthereisaneweditionofTitle 24,Part6.

3.

Expected Performance-Based Incentive (EPBI) Documentation

TheExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive(EPBI)documentationspecifiestheexpected performanceofthesolarenergysystem(s)tobeinstalledandtheeligiblefundingamounttothe applicant.Tocompletethisdocumentation,theapplicantmustusetheCECPVCalculatorfor eachuniquesolarenergysystem. 39 TheCECPVCalculatorwillproducetheCF1RPV complianceform.AdevelopmentmayusetheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriato calculatetheincentivesforallsystemsthatmeetthecriteria. 40 Incaseswherethereismorethan onesolarenergysystemdesignthatresultsindifferentlevelsofexpectedperformance,aCF 1RPVforeachsystemdesignthatresultsinauniqueexpectedperformancecalculationmustbe submitted. ApplicantsmustsubmiteachCF1RPVandtheassociated.emfdigitalinputfileand.her digitaloutputfileforreviewbytheprogramadministrator.Theprogramadministratorwill uploadthe.herdigitaloutputfileintotheHERSProviderdataregistryofanEnergy

39Forsolarenergysystemsconsistingofphotovoltaicmodules,NSHPdefinesasystemasoneormore modulesconnectedtooneinverter. 40TheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriaofferasimplifiedapproachtoestimatingtheincentivesfor thosesolarenergysystemsinasinglefamilyresidentialdevelopment(subdivision)thataredesignedand installedtomeetthecriteria,asoutlinedinChapterIII,SectionB.

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CommissionapprovedNSHPHERSProvider.ApplicantsmustidentifytheHERSRaterand HERSProviderduringtheapplicationprocess.

4.

Energy Efficiency Documentation

ToparticipateintheNSHP,thebuildingsassociatedwiththesolarenergysystem(s)mustalso behighlyenergyefficient.Documentationshowingatleast15percentgreaterenergyefficiency thantheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardsisrequired.Eitherofthetwotierlevelsdescribed inChapterII,SectionB,canbeusedtomeetthisrequirement.Allprojectsmustprovide documentationthatappliancesprovidedbythebuilderareENERGYSTARlabeledifENERGY STARisapplicabletothatappliance.Solarwaterheatingmaybeusedtoassistinmeetingthe energyefficiencyrequirementsofeitherTierIorTierII. EnergyefficiencydocumentationmustbecompletedbyaCEPEorCEA.Applicantsmust submittheCF1R(orPERF1whenapplicable)andtheassociateddigitalinputfiles.Acopyof theconstructionplansetmustalsobesubmittedbytheapplicant.Foradditionaldetailsabout energyefficiencydocumentationsubmittal,pleaseseeChapterII,SectionB,andAppendixC. Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtoparticipateintheirutilitysnewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogramtoobtainthefinancialincentivesthatmaybeavailableformeetingeither TierIorTierIIenergyefficiencyrequirementsandtostreamlinetheNSHPenergyefficiency verification.PleaseseeChapterII,SectionC,foradditionalinformation. For Affordable Housing Projects ProjectsrequestingfundingfromtheCaliforniaTaxCreditAllocationCommittee(TCAC)are givenupto60daysaftertheapprovalfromTCACtoprovidefinalizedenergyefficiency documentationasdescribedinChapterII,SectionB.

5.

Equipment Purchase Agreement and Installation Contract

Theequipmentpurchaseagreementandinstallationcontractindicatetheapplicants commitmenttothepurchaseandinstallationofsolarenergysystems.Theapplicantmust submitonemasterequipmentpurchaseandinstallationagreementforalltheresidential dwellingunitsinthereservationoroneagreementforthesystemequipmentandasecond agreementfortheinstallation.Incaseswheretheinstallationisperformedbythebuilders employees,installationlaborcostmustbelistedseparately. Themasterpurchaseagreement(s)fortheequipmentandinstallationlabormustcontain languageindicatingtheapplicantscommitmenttopurchaseeligiblesolarenergysystemsfor alloftheresidentialdwellingunitsinthereservationandincludethefollowinginformation: Listofthephysicaladdressesforthesysteminstallations. Quantity,makeandmodelofthephotovoltaicmodules,inverters,andmeterstobe installedateachaddress.

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Totalsystemcostoftheeligibleequipmentand/orlabor.

Themasterpurchaseagreement(s)mustbesignedbytheapplicantortheapplicants representative,thesellerofthesystems,andtheinstaller.(Aninstallerssignatureonthe equipmentpurchaseagreementisnotrequirediftheapplicantishiringaseparatecompanyfor theinstallationoftheequipment.)Thesellerandinstallerofthesystem(s)mustbeself registeredwiththeEnergyCommissionasspecifiedinChapterII,SectionN. Incaseswherethereisnosignedpurchaseagreement,theapplicantmayprovideinvoicesor receiptsshowingthatatleast10percentofthesystemequipmentpurchaseprice(photovoltaic modules,inverters,andperformancemeter[s])or$1,000perresidentialunithasbeenpaidto theseller(s). Insituationswheretheapplicantispurchasingthesystemfromonecompanyandhiringa separatecompanyforinstallation,theapplicantmustprovideproofofhisorhercommitmentto purchaseandinstallthesysteminseparatedocuments. Aninstallationcontractmuststatethepricechargedfortheinstallationofequipmentforallof theresidentialdwellingunitsinthereservation.Installationcontractsmustcomplywiththe CaliforniaContractorsStateLicenseBoard(CSLB)requirements.Ingeneral,propercontracts willcontainthefollowinginformation: Printednamesandsignaturesofthebuilderandtheinstallationcompanysauthorized representative. FormoreinformationonCSLBguidelines,pleaserefertoitswebsiteat:[www.cslb.ca.gov/] Forsystemsthatareleasedorprovideelectricityunderapowerpurchaseagreement,insteadof providingbothanequipmentpurchaseagreementandinstallationcontract,applicantsmust provideaninstallationcontractthatliststheproposedequipmenttobeinstalled. Paymentterms(paymentdatesanddollaramounts). Totalagreedpricetoinstallthesystem. Descriptionoftheworktobeperformed. Siteaddressforthesysteminstallation. Name,address,andcontractorslicensenumberofthecompanyperformingthesystem installation.

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C.

Affordable Housing Projects

TheNSHPoffershigherincentivesforqualifyingsystemsinstalledonaffordablehousing residentialdwellingunitprojects.Affordablehousingprojectsofallsizesareeligiblefora36 monthreservationperiod. Eligibleprojectsincludemultifamilyandsinglefamilydevelopmentswhereatleast20percent oftheprojectunitsarereservedforextremelylow,verylow,lower,ormoderateincome householdsforaperiodofatleast10years.Qualifyingsystemsmustbeconnectedtoand servingtheenergyneedsof1)residentialdwellingunitssubjecttoaffordabilityrequirements,2) theofficeandresidentialdwellingunitofthemanager,providedallotherresidentialunitsin theprojectaresubjecttoaffordabilityrequirements,or3)thecommonareasoftheproject, wherealloftheprojectsdwellingunitsarereservedforextremelylow,verylow,loweror moderateincomehouseholds,exceptforthemanagersunit.Examplesofcommonareas include,butarenotlimitedto:hallways,recreationrooms,managersunit,andtenantparking. BelowareAdditionalRequirementsforAffordableHousingProjects:

1.

Regulatory Agreement

TheaffordablehousingprojectmustbeundertakenpursuanttoSection50052.5,50053,or 50199.4oftheHealthandSafetyCode,orotheraffordablehousinglawsorregulationsadopted bytheCaliforniaDepartmentofHousingandCommunityDevelopment.Applicantsmust demonstratethisbyprovidingdocumentationthatidentifiesthestatutorybasisunderwhich theprojectwasundertaken.Inaddition,theapplicantmustprovideacopyoftheregulatory agreementorapprovalfortheprojectsdevelopmentthatidentifies1)theproject,2)thenumber ofresidentialunitsintheprojectsubjecttotheaffordabilityrequirements,and3)theapplicable affordabilityrequirementsfortheseresidentialunits.Theregulatoryagreementorapproval mustexpresslylimitresidencyintheaffordableresidentialunitstopersonswithextremelylow, verylow,lowerormoderateincomepersonsasdefinedbytheHealthandSafetyCodeSections 50079.5,50105,50106,and50093etseq.orregulationsadoptedbytheCaliforniaDepartmentof HousingandCommunityDevelopment.Theregulatoryagreementshallreserveatleast20 percentoftheprojectunitsforextremelylow,verylow,lower,ormoderateincomehouseholds foraperiodofatleast10years.

2.

Individual Meter Requirement

Eachresidentialdwellingunitforwhichasolarenergysystemisbeinginstalledmusthavean individualelectricityconsumptionmetercapableofmonitoringandreportingtheutility electricityconsumptionofthatunit.Thesolarenergysystemforeachresidentialdwellingunit shallbeseparatelynetmeteredthroughthatindividualelectricityconsumptionmeter.Ifthe meterisanelectricutilitymeter,applicantsmustprovidedocumentationfromtheelectric utilityconfirmingserviceandmeternumberatpaymentclaimtime.Ifthemeterissuppliedby anentityotherthantheutility,documentationmustbeprovidedexplaininghowthemeter monitorsandreportsindividualunitconsumption.Meterssuppliedbyanentityotherthana

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utilitymustbeutilitygradeandhavethesamereportingaccuracylevelsofutilitysupplied meters. EXCEPTION:Projectsthatqualifyforvirtualnetmetering(VNM)asadoptedbytheCalifornia PublicUtilitiesCommission(CPUC)inDecision0810036andmodifiedinDecision1107031 arenotrequiredtoseparatelynetmetereachresidentialdwellingunitthatwillbeallocated electricityfromthesolarsystem.

3.

Maintenance and Monitoring Plan

AffordablehousingapplicantsshalldevelopamaintenanceandmonitoringplanforNSHP fundedsystemsandshallretainacopyofsuchplanforinspectionbytheEnergyCommission ortheprogramadministrator.Thisplanshallbeprovidedtothesystemownerandthebuilding orpropertymanagerandshallidentifyspecificmaintenance,monitoring,andinspectionsthe buildingorpropertymanagerwillneedtoundertake,orhavecontractedfor,toensurethatthe systemproducesmaximumoutputoverthesystemsexpectedlife.Theplanshouldinclude activitiessuchas:a)cleaningschedulefortheremovalofanydirtanddustbuilduponthe solarenergysystem;b)periodiccheckingofallelectricalconnectionsforcorrosionand looseness;c)checkingtheinverterforinstantaneouspowerandlongtermenergyoutputand diagnosingandtakingcorrectiveactionneededifproductionissignificantlylowerthan expected;andd)checkingforanytree/plantgrowthorotherobstructionsthatarecausing shadingonthearrayandtakeactiontoeliminatethatshading.TheEnergyCommissionorits programadministratorsreservetherighttorequestapplicantstoprovideacopyofthe maintenanceandmonitoringplanatanytimeduringthecourseoftheNSHP.

D.

Solar as Standard Projects

Forprojectswherethebuilder/developerhascommittedtoinstallingsolaron50percentor moreofthedwellingunitsandthatmeetatminimum,theCaliforniaFlexibleInstallation criteria,areservationapplicationmaybesubmittedforabuildoutphaseof6ormore residentialdwellingunits.InadditiontothereservationformslistedinChapterIV,SectionB, theNSHPrequiresthefollowingdocumentforreservationapproval: Theapplicantshallprovidetheprogramadministratoranupdateontheprojectsconstruction andsysteminstallationprogress18monthsafterthereservationhasbeenapproved.Theupdate shallincludeanevaluationoftheprobabilityofhowmanyoftheremainingresidential dwellingunitswillhavesolarenergysystemsinstalled,statingtheprojectedtimeline.The programadministratorwillevaluatetheprogressontheprojecttodetermineifthereserved fundingisdeemedgreaterthantheprojectedpayoutintheremainingmonthsofthe reservation.Thisevaluationwillconsiderthebuildoutscheduletheapplicantincludedwithits reservationapplication.Iftheprogramadministrator,inconsultationwithEnergyCommission Buildoutschedulefortheproject,includingaprojectedtimelineforcompletingthe constructionofdwellingunitsthatwillhavesolarenergysystems.

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staff,concludesthattheprojectisnotprogressingasexpected,theprojectsfundingreservation maybereducedorcompletelydisencumbered.

E.

Projects Where Solar Is Offered as an Option to Homebuyers

Forprojectswherethebuilder/developerofferssolarenergysystemsasanoptiontoresidential homebuyers,theNSHPwillreservefundingforupto50percentoftheresidentialdwelling unitsintheproject.Fundingwillbereservedassuminga3kWACsystemsizeattheTierIor TierIIincentiveavailableatthetimeofreservation 41 .Inadditiontothereservationformslisted inChapterIV,SectionB,theNSHPrequiresthefollowingdocumentforreservationapproval: Buildoutschedulefortheproject,includingaprojectedtimelineforcompletingthe constructionofdwellingunitsthatwillhavesolarenergysystems. Uponreservationapproval,theNSHP2formwillbeavailableforupto50percentofthe residentialdwellingunitsidentifiedintheapplication.Theapplicantwillthenfilloutthe NSHP2withaspecificaddress,sign,andsubmittheNSHP2andsupportingdocumentation forpaymentclaim. Theapplicantshallprovidetheprogramadministratoranupdateontheprojectsconstruction andsysteminstallationprogress18monthsafterthereservationhasbeenapproved.Theupdate shallincludeanevaluationoftheprobabilityofhowmanyoftheremainingresidential dwellingunitswillhavesolarenergysystemsinstalled,statingtheprojectedtimeline.The programadministratorwillevaluatetheprogressontheprojecttodetermineifthereserved fundingisdeemedgreaterthantheprojectedpayoutintheremainingmonthsofthe reservation.Thisevaluationwillconsiderthebuildoutscheduletheapplicantincludedwithits reservationapplication.Iftheprogramadministrator,inconsultationwithEnergyCommission staff,concludesthattheprojectisnotprogressingasexpected,theprojectsfundingreservation maybereducedorcompletelydisencumbered.

F.

Additional Information for All Reservation Applications

Fundingisavailableonafirstcome,firstservedbasis,untilavailableprogramfundsare exhaustedandsubjecttoanywaitinglistcriteriaestablishedbytheEnergyCommissionfor applicantswhosubmitcompleteandaccurateapplications.Completeapplicationswillbe reviewedintheorderinwhichtheyaresubmittedtotheprogramadministrator.Toensure timelyreceiptofanapplication,itisrecommendedthatapplicationsbesubmittedelectronically viatheNSHPApplicationWebTool,[https://www.newsolarhomes.org/RebateLevels.aspx].

41TheTierIincentivelevelwillbeusedtocalculatefundingiftheapplicantsenergyefficiency documentsidentifytheprojectmeetstheTierIenergyefficiencyrequirements.TheTierIIincentivelevel willbeusedtocalculatefundingiftheapplicantsenergyefficiencydocumentsidentifytheprojectmeets theTierIIenergyefficiencyrequirements.

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ApplicationssubmittedviatheNSHPApplicationWebToolwillbegivenpriorityovermailed inapplicationsreceivedonthesamedate.Onlyonereservationandoneincentivepaymentwill beallowedforeachresidentialdwellingunitduringthereservationperiod. 42 Applicantswill notbeallowedtosubmitmultiplereservationapplicationsforthesameresidentialdwelling unit. Onlyapplicantsordesignatedpayeeswhosubmitcompleteandaccuratereservation applicationsandprovideallsupportingdocumentationwillreceivereservationapproval.In applicationswithonlyminoromissionsordiscrepanciesthatdonotaffecteligibilityorthe requestedamounttobereserved,theEnergyCommissionoritsagentsmayrequestclarification ofinformation.Iftheadditionalinformationisnotsuppliedwithinthestatedtimeframe,the applicantmaybenotifiedtoreapply. Nofundingwillbereservedifanapplicationisincompleteorillegible,hasconflicting information,ordoesnototherwisecomplywiththeprogramrequirements.Incomplete applicationswillnotbeapprovedandwillrequirereapplication.Ifanapplicantreapplies,the completereservationapplicationandallsupportingdocumentationmustbesubmittedasone packageandwillbesubjecttotheprogramrequirementsandfundingavailabilityineffectat thetimeofreapplication. Whileinformationsentinaftertheinitialapplicationmaybematchedtotheapplication,itis notguaranteed. Informationprovidedintheapplicationandsupportingdocumentationmustbeconsistent throughout.Applicantsshouldensureallnames,addresses,andequipmentarethesame throughoutalldocumentationorprovideanexplanationiftheyaredifferent.Failuretodoso mayresultindelaysorapplicationrejection. Anapplicationwillbeapprovedforareservationbasedonthedateitisdeemedcomplete,not thedateitwasfirstsubmitted.Theincentivelevelandotherprogramcriteriaapplicableonthe datetheapplicationisdeemedcompletewillapply.Applicantsarestronglyencouragedto keepcopiesofallapplicationsandsupportingdocumentationsubmittedtotheEnergy Commissionoritsagents. Becauseprogramfundingwilldecreaseoverthetermoftheprogramandultimatelybe exhausted,theEnergyCommissionrecommendsthatapplicantsnotstartconstructionon residentialbuildingsandsysteminstallationsuntiltheyreceiveareservationconfirmingthe availabilityandamountoffundingapprovedfortheirapplication.TheEnergyCommission
42Anapplicantmayonlycancelhisorherreservationandreapplyforanewreservationwithinthe originalreservationperiodiftheincentivehasdroppedatleastonelevelfromtheincentivelevelinthe originalreservation.AletterexplainingtherequestmustbesubmittedwithanewReservation ApplicationFormsignedbytheapplicant.Thisisdesignedtodiscourageapplicantsfromapplyingtoo earlyintheconstructionprocessforasystemtobeinstalledwithinthereservationperiod. 41

intendstoprovideregularupdatesonprogramfundingthroughtheNSHPApplicationWeb Tool,[https://www.newsolarhomes.org].ApplicantsareencouragedtochecktheNSHP ApplicationWebTooltodetermineavailablefundingbeforeapplyingforreservations. Onceprogramfundingisexhausted,theEnergyCommissionmaysuspendtheNSHPand/or establishawaitinglistforcompleteapplicationsthatarenotfunded.Applicationsonawaiting listmaybefundedifadditionalprogramfundingbecomesavailable.TheEnergyCommission mayestablishadditionalconditionsforapplicationsonthewaitinglist,including,butnot limitedto,conditionsthatlimitthetotaldollaramountofapplicationsonthewaitinglistand thedurationoftimeapplicationsmayremainonthewaitinglist. 43

G.

Where to Send Reservations

Thecompletereservationapplicationmustbedeliveredtotheappropriateprogram administrator.Formailingaddress,faxandcontactinformation,pleasevisit [http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/contacts/consumers.php]. Alternatively,applicantsarestronglyencouragedtoelectronicallysendapplicationsthrough theNSHPApplicationWebTool[https://www.newsolarhomes.org].PleasevisittheGoSolar CaliforniawebsitefortutorialsonhowtouseandnavigatethroughtheNSHPApplicationWeb Toolbeforesubmittingapplicationselectronically.

43OnNovember16,2011,theEnergyCommissionestablishedwaitinglistcriteriafortheNSHP.These criteriaaredescribedinaNovember4,2011,notice,whichisavailableat [www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/06NSHP1/notices/20111104_NSHP_Waiting_List_Notice.pdf].

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CHAPTER V: Payment Process


Thischapteridentifiestheinformationandstepsnecessarytoreceivetheincentivepayment.To beeligible,allapplicationsmustfirsthavefollowedtheinstructionsoutlinedinChapterIVin securingareservation.Inaddition,thesolarenergysystemmustbecompletelyinstalled,grid connected,andoperatingsatisfactorily,andthebuildingmustbeincompliancewiththeenergy efficiencyspecificationsproposedintheapplicantsreservation.Theapplicantmustcomplete thePaymentClaimForm(NSHP2),whichtheapplicantshouldhavereceivedwhenthe reservationwasapproved,andprovideallsupportingdocumentationlistedbelowinSectionA. FormsandDocumentationonorbeforethereservationexpirationdate.However,ifthe applicantsubmitsacompleteinterconnectionpackagetoitsutilityinterconnectiondepartment onorbeforethereservationexpirationdate,theapplicantisprovidedanadditional90days afterthereservationexpirationdatetocompletetheExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentive (EPBI)Documentation,EnergyEfficiencyDocumentation,andSystemInterconnectionwith UtilityGrid,andsubmitallnecessaryinformationtotheprogramadministrator.Pleasesee ChapterV,SectionA.6.SystemInterconnectionWithUtilityGridforadditionalinformation. Ifthereservationexpiresonorbeforethepaymentclaimandrequiredsupporting documentationhavebeensubmittedtotheprogramadministrator,ortheEPBIDocumentation, EnergyEfficiencyDocumentation,andSystemInterconnectionwithUtilityGridarenot completedwithinthe90dayperiodprovidedasdescribedabove,theapplicantwillberequired toreapplyundertheprogrameligibilityrequirementsandincentivelevelsineffectatthetime ofthereapplication.Notimeextensionsorexceptionswillbegrantedunderany circumstances.

A.
1.

Forms and Documentation


Payment Claim Form (NSHP-2)

TheapplicantwillreceiveaPaymentClaimForm(NSHP2)foreachresidentialdwellingunit uponreservationapproval.Whenthesystemhasbeeninstalled,theapplicantmaysubmitthe completedNSHP2torequestpayment.ThecompletedNSHP2mustidentifyanychanges(for example,changedequipment,installer,orequipmentseller)thathavebeenmadetothe informationsubmittedsincethereservationwasapproved.Additionalpagesmaybeattachedif needed.PleaseseeAppendixAforinformationonhowreservationchangesmayaffect applicationeligibilityortheincentiveamount. TheNSHP2requestsapplicantstosubmitinformationonsolarenergyequipmentand installationcosts.IftheHERSratingcostcanbebrokendownbyunit,theHERSratingcost shallalsobereported.

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Assignmentandreassignmentofincentivepayment.Thedesignatedpayeemayusethe NSHP2toassignhisorherrighttoreceivetheincentivepaymenttoanotherparty.Ifa designatedpayeeassignshisorherrightstoreceivetheincentivepaymenttoonepartyand thencancelsthatassignment,thedesignatedpayeemaysubsequentlyreassignhisorherright toreceivepaymenttoanotherparty.Designatedpayeesthatassigntheirincentivepaymentto anotherpartywillstillbereportedastherecipientsoftheincentivepaymentsfortaxpurposes. TheNSHP2withoriginalsignatures(copiesarenotaccepted)mustbesubmittedtothe programadministratorbymail.TheEnergyCommissionencouragesapplicantstosignwith blueorotherinkthatisclearlydistinguishableasoriginal.Stampedsignatureswillnotbe accepted.

2.

Documentation Confirming the Total System Cost

Priortoissuingpayment,programadministratorswillverifythattheamountoftheNSHP incentivedoesnotexceedthefundingcapbasedontotalsystemcostasdescribedinChapterIII, SectionC.Uponrequestoftheprogramadministrator,theapplicantmustprovidefinalsystem costdocumentationclearlyidentifyingthefinalamountpaidorlegallyincurredbythe applicantforthepurchaseandinstallationofthesolarenergysystem.

3.

Expected Performance-Based Incentive (EPBI) Documentation

AHERSRatermustcompleteaCertificateofFieldVerificationandDiagnosticTesting(CF4R PV)foreachsolarenergysystemconsistentwiththeproceduresfoundinAppendixB. 44 HERS RatersmustbecertifiedandworkundertheoversightofanEnergyCommissionapproved NSHPHERSProvider.WeblinkstotheseHERSProviderscanbefoundontheEnergy CommissionWebsite:[www.energy.ca.gov/HERS].TheCF4RPVmustbegeneratedthrough theHERSProviderdataregistry.TheapplicantmustprovidetheHERSRaterwiththesolar energysysteminformationspecifiedinAppendixB,SectionC2,foreachsolarenergysystem beingtested.IncaseswheretheCF4RPVshowsthattheinstalledsolarenergysystemisnot consistentwithCF1RPVthathasbeenpreviouslysubmittedtotheEnergyCommissionorthe programadministrator,arevisedCF1RPVthatreflectstheactualinstallationshallbeprepared andsubmitted.Whensuchaninconsistencyisfoundwhenthesamplingapproachisused,a revisedCF1RPVshallbepreparedforallsystemsinthegroupthatwassampled,consistent withtheEnergyCommissionsresamplingandcorrectiveactionprocedures.Applicantsmaybe requiredtosubmitInstallationCertificates(CF6RPVs)totheEnergyCommissionorthe programadministratoruponrequest.

4.

Energy Efficiency Documentation

NSHPprogramadministratorswillconfirm,intheHERSProviderdataregistry,thatthe followingdocumentshavebeencompleted:

44ThefieldverificationproceduresfoundinAppendixBareapplicableonlyforsolarenergysystems usingflatplatephotovoltaicmodules.

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CertificateofFieldVerificationandDiagnosticTesting(CF4R)asapplicable FieldInspectionEnergyChecklist(CF4REENSHP)

Acompletedescriptionoftheenergyefficiencydocumentationrequirementscanbefoundin ChapterII,SectionB.ForprojectsusingaPERF1toshowcompliancewiththeNSHPenergy efficiencyrequirements,theapplicantmustsubmitallrequiredacceptancetestdocumentsto theprogramadministrator. Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtoparticipateintheirutilitiesnewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogramtoobtainthefinancialincentivesthatmaybeavailableformeetingeither TierIorTierIIenergyefficiencyrequirementsandtostreamlinetheNSHPenergyefficiency verificationprocess.PleaseseeChapterII,SectionC,foradditionalinformation.

5.

Ten-Year Warranty (NSHP-3)

ATenYearWarrantyForm(NSHP3)mustbecompletedandsignedbytheappropriate party(ies). Forownerbuilderinstalledsystems,pleasesubmitcopiesofthemanufacturers10year warrantiesfortheinverter(s)andsolarelectricgeneratingequipment.PleaseseeChapterII, SectionM,foradditionalinformationonwarranties.

6.

System Interconnection With Utility Grid

Acompleteinterconnectionpackagemustbesubmittedtotheutilityinterconnection departmentonorbeforethereservationexpirationdate.Approvalbytheutilitytointerconnect mustoccurnolaterthan90daysafterthereservationexpirationdate.Theprogram administratorwillverifythatacompleteinterconnectionpackagewassubmittedtotheutility interconnectiondepartmentpriortothereservationexpirationdate.Ifso,theprogram administratorwillverifythesystemhasbeeninterconnectedwithin90daysofthereservation expirationdatepriortoissuingpayment.Eachutilitymayhavedifferentrequirementsfora completeinterconnectionpackage.Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtocontacttheirutility interconnectiondepartmentforthespecificrequirements.Uponrequestoftheprogram administrator,theapplicantmustprovideprooffromtheelectricutilitythatthesolarenergy systemisinterconnectedtotheutilitydistributiongridandthattheutilityhasapprovedthe systemsinterconnection.Approvalbytheutilitytointerconnectreflectsthattheappropriate buildinginspectorshaveapprovedtheinstallationofthesolarsystem. Ifthesystemisvirtualnetmetered,theprogramadministratorwillverifythatthesystem generationallocationpercentagesprovidedintheNSHPReservationApplicationForm (NSHP1)matchthesystemgenerationallocationpercentagesprovidedtotheutility interconnectiondepartment.Ifthesystemgenerationallocationpercentagesdonotmatch,the

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systemgenerationallocationpercentagesprovidedtotheutilityinterconnectiondepartment willbeusedtorecalculatethecorrectincentivepaymentamount.

7.

Payee Data Record (STD-204)

ThePayeeDataRecordmustbecompletedbythepartyidentifiedasthedesignatedpayeein theNSHP1ReservationApplicationForm.Ifthedesignatedpayeehasalreadysubmitteda completeSTD204formwithapriorapplicationandhasalreadyreceivedanincentivepayment withinthepastyearfromtheprogramadministratorortheEnergyCommission,anewSTD204 isnotneeded.InthesecasestheprogramadministratorsandEnergyCommissionwillusedata fromthepreviouslysubmittedSTD204form.Ifthedataprovidedinapreviouslysubmitted STD204haschanged,thedesignatedpayeemustsubmitanewSTD204. Whenthepayeeisacorporationorlimitedliabilityentity,thepayeemustalsosubmitproofof goodstandingwiththeCaliforniaSecretaryofState.

8.
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IRS W-9 Form/Form 590/Form 587

PayeesforprojectslocatedintheSDG&Eterritorymustprovideacopyofthefollowingforms ifrequestedbytheprogramadministrators: NonadmittedInsuranceTaxReturn(Form570). WithholdingExemptionCertificate(Form590) RequestforTaxpayerIdentificationNumberandCertification(IRSW9form)

9.

Lease Agreement or Power Purchase Agreement

Forsystemsusingthirdpartyownershipstructures,theleaseagreementorpowerpurchase agreementshallbesubmittedtotheprogramadministrator.SeeChapterII,SectionO,for requirements.

B.

Additional Information on Payment Claims

ApplicantsmustensurethatallprogramrequirementsasstatedinChapterIIhavebeenmet priortothesubmissionofapaymentclaimpackage. Applicantsmustsubmitthecompletepaymentclaimpackagetotheappropriateprogram administratoronorbeforethereservationexpirationdatespecifiedonthePaymentClaim Form.(Iftheapplicantsubmitsacompleteinterconnectionpackagetoitsutilityinterconnection departmentonorbeforethereservationexpirationdate,theExpectedPerformanceBased Incentive(EPBI)Documentation,EnergyEfficiencyDocumentation,andSystem InterconnectionwithUtilityGridmaybecompletedatalaterdateundertheconditions

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specifiedinthebeginningofthischapter.)Apaymentclaimpackageisforoneresidential dwellingunit.Multiplepaymentclaimpackagesformultipleresidentialdwellingunitsmaybe submittedatthesametime.Applicantswhoreservemorethanoneresidentialdwellingunitin theprogramarenotrequiredtohavecompletelyinstalledallsystemsintheirreservations beforesubmittingapaymentclaimpackage.Applicantsarestronglyencouragedtokeep copiesofalldocumentsincludedinthepaymentclaimpackagesubmittedtotheprogram administrator. Ifthepaymentclaimpackageisincomplete,theprogramadministratorwillrequestthe applicanttoprovideallmissingorunclearinformation.Theapplicantwillberesponsiblefor obtainingmissingorrevisedinformationfromtheequipmentseller,installer,orHERSRaterto processtherequest.Theprogramadministratorwillallowtheapplicantupto60daysto respondwithcorrectionstoallthemissingorunclearinformationtoapprovepayment. Iftheclaimismadeaftertheexpirationdateofthereservationorisotherwiseineligible,the applicantmayreapplyforanincentivereservationbutwillbesubjecttotheprogrameligibility requirements,incentivelevels,andfundingavailableatthetimeofthereapplication. Thecompletepaymentclaimpackagemustbedeliveredtotheappropriateprogram administrator.Formailingaddress,fax,andcontactinformation,pleasevisit [www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/contacts/consumers.php].Alternatively,iftheapplicanthad previouslysubmittedtheapplicationviatheNSHPApplicationWebTool,theapplicantmay choosetosubmitallofthedocumentsinthepaymentclaimpackage,excepttheNSHP2, throughtheWebToolaswell.ApplicantsarestronglyencouragedtousetheWebToolfor submittingpaymentclaimdocuments. TheEnergyCommissionandtheprogramadministratorsintendtomakepaymentswithinsix toeightweeksofreceiptofacompletepaymentclaimpackage.Paymentwillbemadetothe payeeandmailedtotheaddressontheNSHP2and/orPayeeDataRecord(STD204).

C.

Claiming an Incentive Payment Without a Prior Reservation

Ifasolarenergysystemhasbeeninstalledandtheapplicantsubsequentlywishestoreceivean incentivefromtheprogram,thereservationprocessinChapterIVmuststillbefollowed. However,applicantsshouldbeawarethatprogrameligibilityrequirementsandincentivelevels atthetimeofapplication/paymentclaimsubmissionmayhavechangedsincethesystem installation,resultinginnecessarysystemmodifications,lowerincentives,orineligibilityfor incentives.

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APPENDIX A
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A. Can My Installed System Be Different Than My Reservation?
TheEnergyCommissionexpectsasolarenergysystemtobeinstalledasdescribedinthe ExpectedPerformanceBasedIncentiveDocumentation(CF1RPV)butrecognizesthatchanges mayoccurduringinstallation.Anychangeinthesolarenergysystemspecificationsorthe expectedperformanceofthesystemasdeterminedthroughfieldverificationmustbe documentedbyrerunningtheCECPVCalculator. IftheapplicantusestheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteria,thepaymentclaimpackagemay becompletedusingtheexpectedperformancecalculatedforthereservationaslongasthe orientation,tilt,andminimalshadingcriteriaareconfirmedtobemetbythefieldverification. Theapplicantalsohastheoptionofrecalculatingtheincentivebasedontheactualorientation andtiltofthesystemasdeterminedbythefieldverification.Ifthefieldverificationdetermines thattheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriaarenotmet,theexpectedperformanceshallbe recalculatedbasedontheactualorientation,tilt,andshading. Whenachangeincreasestheexpectedperformanceofthesystem,theincrementalincreasein expectedperformancewillbefundedattheincentivelevelineffectatthetimethechange request,withsupportingdocumentation,issubmittedtotheprogramadministratorand deemedcomplete,providedprogramfundingisavailable.Thesechangesmustbesubmittedto theprogramadministratorbeforethesubmissionofthepaymentclaimpackage.Changesmust alsobedocumentedinthePaymentClaimForm(NSHP2).

B.

Can Applicants Add to Their Existing Systems?

Onceincentivesarepaid,changestoexpandorotherwiseimprovetheexpectedperformanceof asystem(s)arenoteligibleforNSHPfunding.HomeownersotherwiseineligibleforNSHP fundingmayapplytotheCaliforniaSolarInitiativeProgramadministeredbytheCalifornia PublicUtilitiesCommission.See[http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/csi/index.php]for additionalinformationandrequirements.

C.

Time Extensions

Projectswithvalid,unexpiredreservationsasofJanuary1,2010,wereautomaticallygranteda onetimetimeextensionasfollows:SolarasStandardandaffordablehousingprojectshavean additional12monthsfromtheexpirationdateoftheirreservationsasstatedontheNSHP2to submitapaymentclaimpackage.Baseincentiveprojects(asdefinedbypreviouseditionsofthe guidebook)haveanadditionalsixmonthsfromtheexpirationdateoftheirreservationasstated ontheNSHP2tosubmitpaymentclaimpackages.


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Noothertimeextensionswillbegrantedtoanyotherprojectsunderanycircumstances.

D.

Can the Equipment Seller/Installer Be Different From the Equipment Seller/Installer in the Reservation Application?

Applicantswishingtouseadifferentequipmentseller/installerfromtheequipment seller/installerselectedintheirreservationapplicationmustnotifytheprogramadministrator andprovidethefollowingsupportingdocumentationverifyingthischange.Thesupporting documentationconsistsof: Anequipmentpurchaseagreementandinstallationcontract. ArevisedCF1RPV. Iftheoriginalequipmentseller/installeristherebatepayee,asindicatedontheNSHP1, theymustprovidewrittenconfirmationacknowledgingthattheyarenolongerthe equipmentseller/installerforthespecificprojectandwillnolongerreceivetheNSHP incentive.

Beforeapprovingthechangeinequipmentseller/installer,theprogramadministratorwill verifythatthenewequipmentseller/installermeetstheprogrameligibilityrequirements outlinedinChapterII,SectionN,andthesupportingdocumentationmeetsthedocument requirementsoutlinedinChapterIV,SectionB.

E.

Reservation Cancellations

Projectreservationsmayonlybecancelledbytheapplicant.Applicantswishingtocanceltheir projectreservationmustprovidewrittennotificationtotherogramadministrator.Thewritten notificationmustincludethefollowingitems: Acknowledgementthatiftheapplicantcancelshisorherreservationonorbeforethe reservationexpirationdate,heorshemaynotreapplyforanewreservationforthe projectuntiltheincentivelevelhasdroppedatleastonelevelfromtheincentivelevelin theoriginalreservation. Printednameandsignatureoftheapplicant. Statementthattheapplicantwouldliketocanceltheprojectreservation. Thesiteaddress(es). Thenameoftheproject. Dateofthenotification.

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APPENDIX B
FIELD VERIFICATION AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING OF SYSTEMS
A.

Background

TheNSHPprovidesincentivesforinstallinghighperformancesolarenergysystemsonenergy efficienthomes.Theincentiveamountisdeterminedbytheexpectedperformanceofthesolar energysystem.Theexpectedperformancecalculationaccountsforthetestedandcertified performanceofthespecificphotovoltaic(PV)modulesandinverter,mountingtype,cell temperature,orientation,tiltofthemodules,andtheextenttowhichthesystemisshaded.The CECPVCalculator,developedbytheEnergyCommission,accountsfortheseparametersas wellasthesolarandclimaticconditionsforthelocationofthesystemtodeterminehourly estimatedperformance,whichisweightedtoaccountforthetimedependentvaluation(TDV) oftheelectricitythatisproduced.Thirdpartyfieldverification 45 mustbeconductedtoensure thatthecomponentsofthePVsystemanditsinstallationareconsistentwiththecharacteristics usedtodeterminetheestimatedperformance.Fieldverificationisavalueaddedservicepaid forbytheapplicantthatprovidesqualitycontrolandcanprotecttheapplicant,builder, installer,supplier,andhomeowner.Fieldverificationiscompletedconsistentwiththe proceduresfoundinthecurrentBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards [www.energy.ca.gov/title24].Fieldverificationfornewhousingdevelopmentsmayemploythe samplingapproachasallowedinthecurrentBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards. 46 WhenPV systemsaregroupedforsampling,allPVsystemsthatmeettheminimalshadingcriterionmay beincludedinthegrouping,regardlessoftheactualazimuth,tilt,arraycapacity,andsoforth. Thefieldverificationanddiagnostictestingproceduresdescribedinthisappendixareintended toensurethatthe: PVmodulesandinvertersusedintheexpectedperformancecalculationsareactually installedattheapplicablesite. PVmodulesareminimallyshaded,orifshaded,thattheactualshadingdoesnotexceed theshadingcharacteristicsthatwereincludedintheexpectedperformancecalculations.

45ThefieldverificationproceduresfoundinAppendixBareapplicableonlyforsolarenergysystems usingflatplatephotovoltaicmodules. 46Forthe2005BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards,seeChapter7oftheResidentialAlternativeCalculation Method(ACM)ApprovalManual.Forthe2008BuildingEfficiencyStandards,seeAppendixRA2ofthe2008 ReferenceAppendices.

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MeasuredACpoweroutputfromthePVsystemisequaltoorexceedsthatcalculatedby theCECPVCalculatorwithinthespecifiedmarginattheprevailingconditionsatthe timeoffieldverificationanddiagnostictesting.

B.

Responsibilities

FieldverificationanddiagnostictestingaretheresponsibilityofboththePVsysteminstaller andtheHERSRaterwhocompletesthethirdpartyfieldverification.ThePVinstallermust performthefieldverificationanddiagnostictestingproceduresinthisdocumentforevery systemthatheorsheinstalls.TheHERSRaterworkingundertheoversightofanEnergy CommissionapprovedNSHPHERSProviderthenperformsindependentthirdpartyfield verificationanddiagnostictestingofthesystems. ThefieldverificationanddiagnostictestingprotocolisthesameforboththePVinstallerand theHERSRater.TheprotocolanticipatesthatthePVinstallerwillhaveaccesstotheroofto makemeasurements,butthattheHERSRatermaynot.Themeasurementsrequiredbythis protocolarenotrequiredtobecompletedontheroof,butmoreaccuratemeasurement techniquesarepossiblewithroofaccess.Themeasurementsrequiredbytheprotocolmaybe performedinmultiplewaysasdescribedinthesubsectionsbelow.

C.

Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing Process

TheNSHPfieldverificationanddiagnostictestingofPVsystemsfollowtheprocessdescribed below.Note,forNSHPpurposes,aPVsystemisoneormorePVmodulesconnectedtoone inverter.Documentationoftheprocessusesthreeformsthatarecounterpartstothecompliance formsusedfortheBuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards. 1. TheapplicantentersthenecessaryinputdataintotheCECPVCalculator,which producesanCertificateofComplianceForm(CF1RPV)thatdocumentsthespecific modules,inverter(s)andmeter(s)thatareusedineachPVsystem,theanticipated shadingofeachsystem(eithertheintentforthesystemtomeettheminimalshading requirementsortheactualshadingthatisanticipated),andatableofpredictedelectrical generationforeachsystemforarangeofsolarirradianceandambientairtemperature. TheCF1RPVisprovidedtotheprogramadministratorwiththeNSHPreservation applicationandtotheHERSProvider. 2. OnceeachPVsystemisinstalled,thePVinstallercompletesthefieldverificationand diagnostictestingprotocolforeachPVsystemanddocumentstheresultsonthe InstallationCertificate(CF6RPV),verifyingthattheinstallationisconsistentwiththe CF1RPV.ThePVinstallerdocumentsandcertifiesthatthePVsystemmeetsthe requirementsofthisappendixandprovidescopiesoftheCF6RPVtothe builder/homeowner,applicant,andHERSRater.TheCF6RPVshallindicatetheactual azimuthandtiltforallPVsystemswheretheCaliforniaFlexible Installationwasused

B2

ontheCF1RPV.TheCF6RPVshallbecompletedbythePVsysteminstallerinall cases. EXCEPTION:If100percentofthePVsystemsinaNSHPapplicationarebeingtestedby aHERSRater(samplingisnotbeingused),theHERSRatercancompletethetesting requiredfortheCF6RPV;however,thePVinstallerisstillrequiredtosigntheCF6R PV. TheapplicantshallprovidetheCF6RPVtotheHERSRater.Inconjunctionwiththe CF6RPV,theapplicantshallprovidetotheHERSRaterasiteplanforeachlot: a) Identifyingtheheightcategory(small,medium,orlarge)ofallpreexisting, planted,andplannedtreesandthelocationandheightofanystructuresthatwill bebuiltonthelotandneighboringlotsofthebuildingwiththePVsystem b) Showingthebearingofthepropertylinesandtheazimuthandtiltorroofpitch ofeachPVsystem. TheapplicantshallalsoprovidetheHERSRateraproductspecification(cutsheet)for thePVmodules,inverter,andmeterforthespecificsystem,attachedtotheCF6RPV alongwithaninvoiceorpurchasedocumentthatliststhemakeandmodelofthePV modulesinstalled. 3. TheHERSRatercompletesindependentthirdpartyfieldverificationanddiagnostic testingofeachPVsystemanddocumentstheresultsontheCertificateofField VerificationandDiagnosticTesting(CF4RPV),independentlyverifyingthatthe installationisconsistentwiththeCF1RPVandtheCF6RPV.TheHERSRater providesacopyoftheCF4RPVtotheapplicantandtheHERSProvider.TheCF4RPV shallindicatetheactualazimuthandtiltforallPVsystemswheretheCaliforniaFlexible InstallationwasusedontheCF1RPV.IncaseswheretheCF6RPVortheCF4RPV showthattheinstalledPVsystemisnotconsistentwiththepreviouslysubmittedCF 1RPV,arevisedCF1RPVmustbepreparedandsubmittedwiththeassociated electronicfilestotheprogramadministrator,thatisconsistentwiththeasinstalled conditions.Whensuchaninconsistencyisfoundwhenthesamplingapproachisused, revisedCF1RPVsmustbepreparedandsubmittedtotheprogramadministratorforall systemsinthesamplinggroup. 4. Aspartofthepaymentprocess,theprogramadministratorwillconfirm,intheHERS Providerdataregistry,thattheCertificateofFieldVerificationandDiagnosticTesting (CF4RPV)hasbeencompletedforeachPVsystemintheNSHPapplication.

D.

Relationship to Other Codes, Standards, and Verification

ThelocaljurisdictionmustissueabuildingpermitforthequalifyingPVsystem,eitherasa separatepermitoraspartofthenewresidentialbuildingpermit.ThePVsystemmustmeetall

B3

applicableelectricalcode,structuralcode,buildingcode,firecode,andlocalelectricutility interconnectionrequirements. Thefieldverificationanddiagnostictestingproceduresdescribedinthisdocumentdonot substitutefornormalelectrical,structural,orbuildingplancheckorfieldinspection.Nordo theysubstituteforfieldverificationbythelocalutilityregardinginterconnectiontotheelectric grid.

E.

Field Verification Visual Inspection

Thevisualinspection,asdescribedinthisprotocol,verifiestheinstallationoftheproper equipmentandtheinstallationconditionsspecifiedontheCF1RPV.TheHERSRatershalluse binocularsoranothermeanstoviewtheinstallationwithoutbeingrequiredtohaveaccessto theroof.TheHERSRatermayrelyonphotographicevidenceprovidedbytheinstalleronthe make,model,andquantityofPVmodules,standoffdistance,andshading,butintheabsenceof suchevidence,mustrelyonaconservativedeterminationbasedsolelyonhisorherown observation.

1.

PV Modules

ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatershallverifythatthemake,model,andquantityofPV modulesspecifiedontheCF1RPVareinstalledinthefield.ThePVinstallerandHERSRater shallverifythemodulemountingtype(BIPVorrackmounted)and,inthecaseofrack mountedmodules,thestandoffdistanceofthemodulesabovethemountingsurface.ThePV installerandtheHERSRatershallverifythemountingheightofthemodulesabovetheground (eitheronestory,twostory,orapplicantspecifiedheight).

2.

Inverters

ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatershallverifythatthemake,model,andquantityofinverters specifiedontheCF1RPVareinstalledinthefield.

3.

System Performance Meters

ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatershallverifythateitherastandalonesystemperformance meteroraninverterwithabuiltinsystemperformancemeterisinstalledthatisthesamemake andmodelspecifiedontheCF1RPVandthatthemetermeetsallguidebookrequirementsfor systemperformancemeters.

4.

Tilt and Azimuth

ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatershallverifythatthetiltandazimuthofthePVmodules installedinthefieldmatchthevaluesspecifiedontheCF1RPV,within5degrees.Insome systems,PVmodulesmaybeinstalledinmultipleorientationswithdifferenttiltsandazimuths. Inthesecasesthetiltandazimuthofeacharraymustbeverified.Notethatforsystemsusing theCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteria,thetiltandazimuthofeachsystemmustbeshownto

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fallwithintherangeoftiltandazimuththatisallowableunderthatcriteria(seeSectionE.4.c) below). a. Determining Tilt ThetiltangleofthePVmodulesismeasuredindegreesfromthehorizontal(horizontalPV moduleswillhaveatiltofzeroandverticallymountedPVmoduleswillhaveatiltof90 degrees).ThetiltofthePVmodulesmaybedeterminedinthefollowingways: i. Using the Building Plans Theasbuiltorconstructiondrawingsfortheresidentialbuildingwillstatetheslopeoftheroof, usuallyastheratioofrisetorun.IfthePVmodulesaremountedintheplaneoftheroof,then theslopeofthePVmodulesisthesameastheslopeoftheroof.TableB1maybeusedto convertrisetorunratiostodegreesoftilt.
Table B-1: Conversion of Roof Pitch to Tilt
Roof Pitch (Rise:Run) 2:12 3:12 4:12 5:12 6:12 7:12 8:12 9:12 10:12 11:12 12:12 Source: California Energy Commission Tilt (degrees) 9.5 14.0 18.4 22.6 26.6 30.3 33.7 36.9 39.8 42.5 45.0

ii.

Using a Digital Protractor

Adigitalprotractormaybeusedtomeasureeitherhorizontalorverticalangles(seeFigureB1). ThesedeviceswhensighteduptheslopeofthePVmodulesfromthegroundwilldisplaythe slope,relativetothehorizontal.

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Figure B-1: Digital Protractor

Source: http://www.digitalmeasuringtools.com/z509-9606.shtml

b.

Determining Azimuth

ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatermustdeterminetheazimuthofthePVmodulesandverify thattheazimuthisthesameasthatusedtodeterminetheexpectedperformanceofeachPV system.Theconventionthatisusedformeasuringazimuthistodeterminethedegreesofangle clockwisefromnorth:northazimuthiszerodegrees,eastis90degrees,southis180degrees, andwestis270degrees.(SeeFigureB2.)


Figure B-2: Azimuth of the PV Array

Source: California Energy Commission

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Thefollowingmethodsmaybeusedtodeterminetheazimuth. i. Using the Site Plans Innewsubdivisions,thehouseplanswilloftennotshowthepropertylinessincetheplansare usedonmultiplelots.However,thesubdivisionplotplanwillshowthepropertylinesofthe lots.Theplotplanwillshowthebearingofthepropertylines,andfromthisinformationthe azimuthoftheroofsurfaceswherethePVmodulesaremountedmaybedeterminedfromthe positionofthehouseonthelotrelativetothebearingsofthepropertylines. FigureB3showsanexampleplotplanwithahouselocatedonit.Inthiscase,thehousedoes notalignwithanyofthepropertylinesbutisrotated15degreesfromthewesterlyproperty line,asshown.Propertylinesonplotplansaretypicallylabeledintermsoftheirbearing,which isthedirectionoftheline.ThewesterlypropertylineislabeledNorth12East.Ifthehouse wasalignedwiththispropertyline,thesoutherlyexposureofthehousewouldhavean azimuthof192(180plusthe12bearingofthepropertyline).Sincethehouseisrotatedan additional15,theazimuthofthesoutherlyfaceofthehouseandtheazimuthofthePVarrayis 207(192plus15).Usually,thehousewillbealignedwithoneofthepropertylines,andthe calculationdescribedabovewillbesimplified.
Figure B-3: Example Plot Plan
East 12 South

North 12 East

PV array 15 degrees

West 12 North

Source: California Energy Commission

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North

ii.

Using a Compass With a Sighting Feature and an Adjustment for Magnetic Declination.

Makesurethatthecompasshasasightingfeature.Thecompassmayhaveanadjustmentbuilt informagneticdeclinationsothatthereadingonthecompassistruenorthortheinstallerand theHERSRatershalldeterminethemagneticdeclinationusingthetoolavailableat [http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomagmodels/Declination.jsp]andadjustthecompassreadingto accountforthemagneticdeclination.Positionthecompassanddeterminetheanglebetween compassnorthandthedirectionthatthePVmodulesface.Itsusuallyconvenientandmost accuratetoalignthecompassalongtheedgeofthearrayusingthesightingfeature.(SeeFigure B4.)


Figure B-4: Compass With a Sighting Feature

Source: http://www.rei.com/product/638694/brunton-eclipse-8099-compass , http://www.opticsplanet.net/silva-olive-drab-compass15118.html

c.

Verifying Tilt and Azimuth for Systems Meeting the California Flexible Installation Criteria

Fornewsinglefamilyresidentialdevelopments(subdivisions),NSHPallowsdeterminationof expectedperformanceusingtheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteria.TheCaliforniaFlexible InstallationcriteriaallowallPVsystemsthatareinstalledwithanazimuthrangingfrom150to 270degrees,withatiltrangingfrom0:12and7:12,andmeetingtheminimalshadingcriterion touseasingleexpectedperformancecalculation.TheCECPVCalculatorallowstheuserto choosetheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriaforeasyinputandeasycompliancewhen therearemultiplesystemsatvariousazimuthsandtilts.Foreachsystemoneachbuildingthat hastheexpectedperformancebasedontheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteria,theHERS Ratermustverifythatthearrayisinstalledwithbothanazimuthandwithatiltwithinthe acceptablerange.TheCaliforniaFlexibleInstallationcriteriarequireseachPVsystemtomeet theminimalshadingcriteriondiscussedbelow.

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F.

Shading Verification

Shadingofphotovoltaicsystems,evenpartialshadingofarrays,canbethemostimportant causeoffailuretoachievehighsystemperformance.Significantshadingshouldbeavoided wheneverpossible.Shadingcanbeavoidedbycarefullocationofthearrayatthepointof installationorinsomecases,particularlyduringtheprocessofconstructingbuildings,by movingobstructionstolocationswheretheydonotcastshadingonthearray.Partialshading fromobstructionsthatarerelativelyclosetothearray,particularlyobstructionsthatareonthe roof,eveniftheyarerelativelysmall,canbeparticularlyproblematicbecausetheycausepartial shadingofthearrayforlongerperiodsoftheyear.Shadingcausedinthefutureduetothe maturingoftreesthatareimmatureatthetimeofinstallationofthePVsystemcanalsobea majorcauseoffailuretoachievehighperformanceoverthelifeofthePVsystem. ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatermustverifythattheshadingconditionsonthePVsystem inthefieldareconsistentwiththoseusedintheexpectedperformancecalculations.The estimatedperformancecalculationswillbedoneeitherassumingthattheminimalshading criterionismetorbasedonthespecificshadingcharacteristicsofeachsystem.

1.

Minimal Shading Criterion

Theminimalshadingcriterionisthatnoobstructioniscloserthanadistance(D)oftwicethe height(H)itextendsabovethePVarray.(SeeFigureB5foranartisticdepictionofHand D.)Asthefigureillustrates,thedistanceDmustbeatleasttwotimesgreaterthanthe distanceH.Allobstructionsthatprojectabovethepointonthearraythatisclosesttothe obstructionmustmeetthiscriterionforthearraytobeconsideredminimallyshaded. Obstructionsthataresubjecttothiscriterioninclude: Anytreethatisplantedonthebuildinglotorneighboringlotsorplannedtobeplanted aspartofthelandscapingforthebuilding(theexpectedshadingmustbebasedonthe matureheightofthetree). Anyexistingneighboringbuildingorstructure. Anyplannedneighboringbuildingorstructurethatisknowntotheapplicantor buildingowner. AnytreethatismatureatthetimeofinstallationofthePVsystem. Anypartoftheneighboringterrain. Anyvent,chimney,architecturalfeature,mechanicalequipment,orotherobstruction thatisontherooforanyotherpartofthebuilding.

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Anytelephoneorotherutilitypolethatiscloserthan30feetfromthenearestpointof thearray.
Figure B-5: The Minimal Shading Criterion Artistic Depiction of H and D

H H D D

Source: California Energy Commission

Todeterminewhethertheminimalshadingcriterionismet,thePVinstallerorHERSRatershall determineforeachshadingobstructionthesmallestratioofthehorizontaldistancefromthe obstructiontothearraydividedbytheverticalheightoftheobstructionabovethatpointonthe array.(Thisistheclosestpointonthearray.)Oftenthepointontheobstructionthatresultsin thesmallestratioisthetopmostpointoftheobstruction,butincaseswheretheshapeofthe obstructioniscomplex,pointsontheobstructionthatarenotthetopmostbutareclosertothe arraymayactuallyproducethelowestratio.Histheheightoftheshadingobstructionpoint abovethehorizontalprojectiontotheclosestpointonthearray.Disthehorizontaldistance fromtheclosestpointonthearraytotheverticalprojectionfromthepointontheobstruction thatresultsinthelowestratioofDdividedbyH.Anyobstructionlocatednorthofall pointsonthearrayneednotbeconsideredasshadingobstructions.Whenanobstructionis northofsomepartsofanarraybuteast,south,orwestofotherpartsofthearray,theminimal shadingcriterionshallbedeterminedtotheclosestpointonthearraythatiswest,north,oreast oftheobstruction. ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatermayverifythroughvisualinspectionthatallobstructions meetthe2:1criterion.(Analtitudeangleof26.6degreesisequivalenttothe2:1criterion.)For obstructionsthatvisualinspectionindicatespotentiallydonotmeetthecriterion,thePV installerandHERSRatermustmeasuretheheightanddistanceoftheobstruction(s)relativeto thePVarrayasdescribedabovetoverifythatthe2:1shadingcriterion(oralowerthan26.6 altitudeanglethroughthesamepointsontheobstructionandarray)ismet.Atoleranceof5 percentwillbepermissiblewhendeterminingtheratio(orthealtitudeangle).

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2.

Accounting for Actual Shading

WhenaPVinstallationdoesnotmeettheminimalshadingcriterion,itcanstillqualifyforan incentiveandparticipateintheNSHPprogram,buttheshadingconditionsforeachPVsystem atthesitemustbeaccountedforintheexpectedperformancecalculationasdescribedinthis section.Thebasicmethodisusedwhentheshadingconditionismeasuredusingatape measureorusingadigitalprotractor.Adifferentmethodisusedwhenmeasurementsare madewithasolarassessmenttool. Forshadingobstructionsthatareaccountedforintheexpectedperformancecalculation,the CECPVCalculatorwillproduceontheCF1RPVatablesimilartoTableB.2thatshowsthe distancetoheightratioandaltitudeanglefortheclosestpointonthearrayforeachobstruction, includingmaturetreesthatshadethePVarray.Thistabledividesthecompassinto11 (approximately22.5degree)sectors,progressingclockwisearoundthecompassfromnorth.The tableprovidesthedistancetoheightratioandaltitudeangleforeachsectorofthecompass. Whenthereismorethanoneobstructioninasector,theinformationisreportedforthe obstructionwiththelowestdistancetoheightratio(highestaltitudeangle).Thedistanceto heightratiowillbeanumberlessthanorequaltotwo,becauseifitisgreaterthantwo,the minimalshadingcriterionissatisfiedinthatdirectionandshadingisnotconsideredinthe expectedperformancecalculationforthatsector.Thetablealsoshowstheminimumdistanceto small,medium,andlargetreestomeettheminimalshadingcriterionfortreesthatarenotat theirmatureheights.ThedatainTableB2isspecifictoaparticularPVsysteminstallation.In thisexampletheminimalshadingconditionisnotmetforfivesectorsofthecompass,ESE,SSE, S,SW,andWNW. ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatermustverifythattheshadingconditionsthatexist(orare expectedtoexistinthecaseofthematureheightsoftreesthatareplantedonthebuildinglotor neighboringlotsorplannedtobeplantedaspartofthelandscapingorplannedbuildingsor structuresonthebuildinglotorneighboringlotsthatareknowntotheapplicantorbuilding owner)atthesitewillnotcausegreatershadingofthePVarraythantheshadingcharacteristics thatwereusedintheexpectedperformancecalculations.
Table B-2: Example CF-1R-PV Format for PV Shading
Altitude Angle to Shading Obstruction Minimal Shading Minimal Shading 45 degrees Minimal Shading On roof obstruction Tree (existing-mature) Tree (existing-not mature) 50 degrees 70 degrees Minimal Shading 30 degrees Distance to Height Ratio 2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 0.84 0.36 2.00 1.5 16 46 76 16 46 76 Minimum Distance to Small Tree 16 16 Minimum Distance to Medium Tree 46 46 Minimum Distance to Large Tree 76 76

Orientation ENE (55 79) E (79 -101) ESE (101 124) SE (124 146) SSE (146 169) S (169 191) SSW (191 214) SW (214 236)

Obstruction Type NA NA Neighboring structure

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WSW (236 259) W (259 281) WNW (281 305) Tree (planned)

Minimal Shading Minimal Shading 65 degrees

2.00 2.00 0.49

16 16

46 46

76 76

Source: California Energy Commission

3.

Measuring Heights and Distances or Altitude Angles

Oneofthefollowingproceduresmaybeusedtomeasureheightsanddistancesoraltitude anglestoobstructions. a) Using a Tape Measure

Atapemeasureorothermeasuringdevicemaybeusedtomeasurethedistance(D)fromthe pointonthePVarraycorrespondingtothelowestratioofdistancetoheight(H)foreach shadingobstructionforeach22.5degreecompasssector.Thedistancetoatreeismeasuredto thenearestedgeofthetrunkofthetree.Oncetheheightdifference(H)anddistance(D)are determinedineachcompasssector,theratioiscalculatedandmustbegreaterthanthevalue usedintheexpectedperformancecalculationasreportedontheCF1RPV.(Seethefourth columninTableB2labeledDistancetoHeightRatio.)Thismethodcanbeemployedfromthe groundwithoutaccesstotheroof,whenfactoringintherooftopdimensions. Theheightmeasurementfortreesthatareimmatureshallbebasedonthematuretreeheight discussedbelow.Determiningthedistancesandheightsofobstructionsforbuildingsand structuresthatareplannedbuthavenotyetbeenconstructedshallbebasedonplansforthose structures. b)

Using a Digital Protractor

Adigitalprotractor(seeFigureB1)maybeusedtomeasurethehighestaltitudeanglefromthe obstructiontotheclosestpointonthearray(usingthesamepointsonthearrayandonthe obstructionthatproducethelowestrationofDtoHifthosedimensionsweremeasured insteadofthealtitudeangle).Themeasuredaltitudeangleforeachobstructionineachcompass sectormustbesmallerthanorequaltothatusedintheexpectedperformancecalculationas reportedontheCF1RPV.(SeethethirdcolumninTableB2).Tousethedigitalprotractor measurementdirectly,themeasurementmustbemadefromtheroof.Alternatively,thedigital protractormeasurementmaybemadefromtheground.Trigonometricadjustmentswillbe requiredtocorrectfortheheightdifferencebetweenthegroundwherethemeasurementsare madeandthenearestpoint,onthePVarray,totheshadingobstruction. Thismethoddoesnotaddressexpectedshadingresultingfromthematureheightsofplanted immaturetreesorplannedtrees.Todeterminedistancesforplantedimmaturetreesatape measureshouldbeused.Theheightmeasurementfortreesthatareimmatureshallbebasedon thematuretreeheightdiscussedbelow.Determiningthedistancesandheightsofobstructions

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forbuildingsandstructuresthatareplannedbuthavenotyetbeenconstructedshallbebased onplansforthosestructures. c) Using a Solar Assessment Tool

Forshadingfromexistingobstructions,shadingconditionsmaybeverifiedusingasolar assessmenttool.ThisprocedurewilltypicallybeusedbythePVinstaller,buttheHERSRater maynothavedirectaccesstothearrayand,ifnot,wouldrelyontheadequacyof documentationbytheinstallertoconfirmtheshadingconditions. Ateachpointofmeasurement,thetoolisplacedonthePVarray,leveledandoriented consistentwiththemanufacturersinstructions.Oncethetoolisproperlypositioned,itwill determinetheobstructionsthatcastshadeandthemonthandtimeofdaywhenshadingwill occur.Thetoolwillenablethesedeterminationseitherthroughtheuseofadigitalphotograph oramanualtracingonanangleestimatorgridoverlay.Theseresultsforasinglepointof referenceonthearrayareconvertedintoaformatthatcanbeusedbytheCECPVCalculator, eitherthroughsoftwareprovidedbythetoolmanufacturerormanually,asshowninFigureB 6(b),todeterminethealtitudeangleofanobstructionineachcompasssector.Theinstaller shouldkeepdocumentationoftheshadingshownonthetool,thelocationofthetoolonthe array,andtheshadingobstructionsthatareindicatedonthetoolfortheHERSRatertoverify theresults.

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Figure B-6. Conversion of Results to CECPV Calculator Input

(a) This diagram shows the 22.5 degree compass sectors used by the CECPV Calculator and the altitude angles determined by a Solar Assessment Tool for a single point of reference on the array. Source: California Energy Commission

(b) Within each compass sector, the highest altitude is selected and used for that entire sector. This data is shown for a single point of reference on the array.

Measurementsshallbemadeatallthemajorcornersofthearraywithnoadjacentmeasurement beingmorethan40feetapart.(SeeexampleinFigureB8.)Thepointsofmeasurementshallbe distributedevenlybetweentwomajorcornersiftheyaremorethan40feetapartsuchthatthe lineardistancebetweenanysequentialpointsisnomorethan40feet.However,ifanylinear edgeofthearrayhasnoobstructionsthatarecloserthantwotimestheheighttheyproject abovetheclosestpointonthearray,thentheintermediatemeasurementsalongthatedgedo notneedtobemade. Thealtitudeanglesmeasuredateachmajorcornershallbeoverlappedontoasinglediagramor processedwiththetoolmanufacturerssoftware.Themaximumaltitudeanglesmeasuredat anyofthemajorcornersofthearraywithinagivensectorshallbeappliedtotheentiresector. Thiscreatesasetof11valuesthatareusedintheCECPVCalculator. Thismethoddoesnotaddressexpectedshadingresultingfromthematureheightsofplanted immaturetreesorplannedtreesorexpectedconstructionofbuildingsorotherstructureson neighboringlots.Todeterminedistancesforplantedimmaturetreesatapemeasureshouldbe used.Todeterminedistancesforplannedtreesalandscapeplanprovidedbytheapplicant shouldbeused.Theheightmeasurementfortreesthatareimmaturemustbebasedonthe maturetreeheightdiscussedbelow.Determiningthedistancesandheightsofobstructionsfor buildingsandstructuresthatareplannedbuthavenotyetbeenconstructedshallbebasedon plansforthosestructures.Suchshadingshallbeaddressedseparately. Theresultsdeterminedbythetoolincombinationwiththeexpectedfutureshadingdescribed abovearecomparedtothedatathatwasusedintheexpectedperformancecalculationsto ensurethatthereisnotgreatershadingatthesitethanwasusedintheexpectedperformance calculations.

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Figure B-7. Example of Points Where Measurement Shall Be Made Using a Solar Assessment Tool (overall array dimensions 76 feet by 50 feet)

6
5

Source: California Energy Commission

4.

Mature Tree Height

Theexpectedperformancecalculationsrequirethematureheighttobeusedwhenaccounting fortheshadingimpactofplantedimmaturetrees.Thissectionprovidesguidelinesfor determiningthematureheightofsuchtrees.Applicantsmustidentifytheheightcategory (small,medium,orlarge)ofallplantedandplannedtreesatthesite.Thatinformationmustbe documentedinconjunctionwiththeCF6RPVandprovidedtotheHERSRaterforverification. Anyexistingtreewithaheightgreaterthan50feetatthetimeobservationsaremadeshallbe recordedwithitsactualheightoraltitudeangleinsteadoftheheightcategory. Alltreesareclassifiedassmall,medium,orlargebyspecies.Treeswithamatureheightof20 feetorsmalleraresmalltrees.Treeswithamatureheightgreaterthan20feetbutlessthan50 feetaremediumtrees.Treeswithamatureheightequaltoorgreaterthan50feetarelargetrees. Ifthetypeoftreeisunknown,itmustbeassumedtobelarge.Thematureheightsofsmall, mediumandlargetreesthatmustbeusedintheexpectedperformancecalculationsare20feet, 35feet,and50feet,respectively. TheCenterforUrbanForestryResearchoftheU.S.DepartmentofAgriculturesForestService haspublishedtreeguidesfortreezonesthatareapplicabletoCalifornia.TableB3showsthe appropriatetreeguidetouseforeachofCaliforniasclimatezonesfortheexpected performancecalculations.

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Theguidesprovidetreeselectionlistsforeachtreezone.Thelistsprovideeitherthemature heightorthesizecategoryinthattreezoneforeachspecies.Thesetreeguidesarepostedat: [http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/cufr/tree_guides.php]. Fortreesnotlistedinthetreeselectiontablesofthetreeguides,theSunsetWesternGardenBook shouldbeconsulted.Thisdocumentprovidesthematureheightrangeormaximumheightfor eachspecies.Ifarangeisgiven,theaverageofthemaximumheightrangeshouldbeusedto determineifthetreeislarge,medium,orsmall.

Table B-3: Appropriate Tree Guide to Use for Each California Climate Zone
CEC Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Tree Regions Northern California Coast Southern California Coast Tree Guide to Use Under Development (Use Sunset Western Garden Book)

6, 7, 8

McPherson, E.G., et al. 2000. Tree guidelines for coastal Southern California communities. Sacramento, CA: Local Government Commission

Chapter 5, pages 5765 Chapter 6, pages 6582 Chapter 5, pages 5055 Chapter 7, pages 5153 Chapter 5, pages 4755

9, 10

Inland Empire McPherson, E.G., et al. 2001. Tree guidelines for Inland Empire communities. Sacramento, CA: Local Government Commission Inland Valleys McPherson, E.G., et al. 1999. Tree guidelines for San Joaquin Valley communities. Sacramento, CA: Local Government Commission Southwest Desert McPherson, E.G., et al. 2004. Desert southwest community tree guide: benefits, costs and strategic planting. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Community Tree Council, Inc.

11, 12, 13

14, 15

16

Northern McPherson, E.G, et al. 2003. Northern mountain and Mountain and prairie community tree guide: benefits, costs and strategic Prairie planting. Center for Urban Forest Research, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Source : California Energy Commission

TableB4showsthehorizontaldistancethattreesofeachmatureheightcategorywouldneedto belocatedfromnearestpointofthePVarraytomeettheconditionofminimalshading.
Table B-4: Horizontal Distance Trees Would Need to Be Located From the Closest Point of a PV Array to Qualify for Minimal Shading
Mounting Location 1 Story (Lowest Point of Array at 12 ft) 2 Story (Lowest Point of Array at 22 ft) 3 Story (Lowest Point of Array at 32 ft) Source: California Energy Commission Small Tree (20 ft) 16 Any Distance Any Distance Medium Tree (35 ft) 46 26 6 Large Tree (50 ft) 76 56 36

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Verification of System Performance

ThePVinstallerandHERSRatermustverifythattheACpoweroutputfromthePVsystemis consistentwiththatpredictedbytheexpectedperformancecalculations.TheCECPVCalculator willdetermineanestimateofsystemACpoweroutputforarangeofsolarirradianceand ambientairtemperatureconditionsandprintatableontheCF1RPVform.Thevaluesinthe tablewillbe90percentoftheoutputestimatedbytheCECPVCalculatorforeachsetof conditionsinthetable.(Thecalculationsalsoincludethedefaultadjustmentof0.88forlosses suchasdirt,dust,andmismatchedwiring.)Thevaluesinthetableareforanunshadedarray. AnexampleofthedatathatwillbeproducedisshowninTableB5.Thedatainthetableis specifictoeachPVsystem. VerificationofsystemperformancemustbeperformedafterthePVsystemisinstalledand connectedtotheelectricitygrid.Measurementsmustbemadewithaminimumirradianceof 300W/minaplaneparalleltothearray.ThePVinstallerand/ortheHERSRatermust1) measurethesolarirradianceinaplaneparalleltothearray,2)measuretheambientair temperatureand3)determinetheexpectedACpoweroutputforthemeasuredfieldconditions fromthetableontheCF1RPVform.ThePVinstallerortheHERSRatermustthenobservethe ACpoweroutputdisplayedonthesystemperformancemeter(typicallyaninverterwitha builtinperformancemeter)andverifythattheACpoweroutputisequaltoorgreaterthe amountshowninthetableforthefieldmeasuredconditions.Toqualifyforincentivesunder NSHP,PVsystemsmusthaveastandaloneperformancemeteroraninverterwithabuiltin performancemeterthatmeasuresACpoweroutput. ThePVinstallerandHERSRatermustobservetheACpoweroutputonthesystem performancemeterafterwaitingforaperiodofstableconditionsduringwhichthemeasured solarirradiancehasstayedconstantwithin5percent.

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Table B-5: Example Table of Expected AC Power Output From CECPV Calculator (Watts)
(W/m) 300 325 350 375 400 425 450 475 500 525 550 575 600 625 650 675 700 725 750 775 800 825 850 875 900 925 950 975 1000 1025 1050 1075 1100 1125 1150 1175 1200 T=15 614 665 716 766 817 868 918 967 1016 1065 1113 1161 1209 1256 1302 1348 1394 1439 1483 1526 1569 1611 1653 1693 1733 1772 1811 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=20 606 657 707 757 807 857 907 955 1004 1052 1099 1147 1194 1240 1286 1331 1376 1420 1464 1506 1549 1590 1631 1671 1710 1748 1786 1823 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=25 599 648 698 747 797 846 895 943 991 1038 1085 1132 1178 1224 1269 1314 1358 1401 1444 1487 1528 1569 1609 1648 1687 1725 1762 1798 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=30 591 640 689 738 786 835 883 931 978 1025 1071 1117 1163 1208 1252 1296 1340 1383 1425 1466 1507 1547 1587 1626 1663 1701 1737 1772 1807 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=35 584 632 680 728 776 824 872 919 966 1012 1057 1102 1147 1192 1236 1279 1322 1364 1405 1446 1486 1526 1565 1603 1640 1676 1712 1747 1781 1815 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=40 576 623 671 718 765 813 860 907 953 998 1043 1088 1132 1176 1219 1261 1304 1345 1386 1426 1466 1504 1542 1580 1616 1652 1687 1721 1755 1788 1820 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=45 568 615 662 708 755 802 848 894 940 984 1029 1073 1116 1159 1202 1244 1285 1326 1366 1406 1445 1483 1520 1557 1593 1628 1662 1696 1729 1761 1792 1823 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=50 560 607 653 699 745 790 836 882 927 971 1014 1058 1100 1143 1185 1226 1267 1307 1346 1385 1423 1461 1498 1534 1569 1603 1637 1670 1702 1734 1765 1795 1825 1980 1980 1980 1980 T=55 553 598 643 689 734 779 824 869 913 957 1000 1043 1085 1126 1168 1208 1248 1288 1327 1365 1402 1439 1475 1510 1545 1579 1612 1644 1676 1706 1737 1767 1796 1824 1980 1980 1980 T=60 544 590 634 679 723 768 812 856 900 943 986 1027 1069 1110 1150 1190 1230 1269 1307 1344 1381 1417 1452 1487 1521 1554 1586 1618 1649 1679 1709 1738 1766 1794 1822 1980 1980 T=65 536 581 625 669 713 757 800 843 887 929 971 1012 1053 1093 1133 1172 1211 1249 1287 1323 1360 1395 1430 1464 1497 1529 1561 1592 1622 1652 1681 1709 1737 1764 1791 1817 1980 T=70 528 572 616 659 702 745 788 831 873 915 956 997 1037 1077 1116 1154 1192 1230 1267 1303 1338 1373 1407 1440 1473 1505 1536 1566 1595 1624 1653 1680 1708 1734 1760 1786 1810 T=75 520 564 606 649 691 734 776 818 860 901 942 982 1021 1060 1098 1136 1174 1210 1246 1282 1317 1351 1384 1417 1449 1480 1510 1540 1569 1597 1624 1652 1678 1704 1729 1754 1778 T=80 512 555 597 639 681 722 764 805 846 887 927 966 1005 1043 1081 1118 1155 1191 1226 1261 1295 1328 1361 1393 1424 1455 1484 1513 1542 1569 1596 1623 1648 1674 1698 1722 1746 T=85 504 546 588 629 670 711 752 792 832 872 912 951 989 1026 1063 1100 1136 1171 1206 1240 1273 1306 1338 1369 1400 1430 1459 1487 1514 1541 1568 1593 1619 1643 1667 1691 1714 T=90 496 537 578 619 659 699 739 779 819 858 897 935 972 1009 1046 1081 1117 1151 1185 1219 1252 1284 1315 1345 1375 1404 1433 1460 1487 1513 1539 1564 1589 1613 1636 1659 1681 T=95 487 528 569 609 648 688 727 766 805 843 882 919 956 992 1028 1063 1098 1132 1165 1198 1230 1261 1292 1322 1351 1379 1407 1434 1460 1486 1511 1535 1559 1582 1605 1627 1649 T=100 479 519 559 598 637 676 715 753 791 829 866 903 940 975 1010 1045 1078 1112 1144 1176 1208 1238 1268 1298 1326 1354 1381 1407 1432 1457 1482 1506 1529 1551 1573 1595 1616 T=105 471 510 550 588 626 664 702 740 777 814 851 887 923 958 992 1026 1059 1092 1124 1155 1186 1216 1245 1273 1301 1328 1354 1380 1405 1429 1453 1476 1499 1520 1542 1563 1583 T=110 463 501 540 578 615 653 690 727 763 800 836 871 906 941 974 1007 1040 1072 1103 1134 1164 1193 1221 1249 1276 1302 1328 1353 1377 1401 1424 1446 1468 1490 1510 1530 1550 T=115 454 492 530 568 604 641 677 714 750 785 820 855 890 924 957 989 1021 1052 1082 1112 1141 1170 1198 1225 1251 1277 1302 1326 1349 1372 1395 1417 1438 1458 1479 1498 1517 T=120 446 483 520 557 593 629 665 700 736 770 805 839 873 906 939 970 1001 1032 1061 1090 1119 1147 1174 1200 1226 1251 1275 1299 1322 1344 1365 1387 1407 1427 1447 1466 1484

Source: California Energy Commission

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1.

Measuring Solar Irradiance

Solarirradiancemustbemeasuredusinganirradiancemeter.Whenmakingthismeasurement, thePVinstallerorHERSRatermustplacetheirradiancemeterinaplanethatisparalleltothe PVarray.ThePVinstallershouldpositiontheirradiancemeterontopofthePVarrayoronthe roofnexttothePVarray.IftheHERSRaterdoesnothavedirectaccesstotheroof,heorshe mustpositiontheirradiancemetersuchthatitisinfullsunandisinaplanethatisparallelto thePVarray.Digitalprotractorsorotherinstrumentsmaybeusedtoproperlypositionthe irradiancemeter.

2.

Measuring Ambient Air Temperature

Ambientairtemperaturemustbemeasuredwithadigitalthermometerintheshade.The instrumentmusthaveanaccuracyof2degreesCelsius.

3.

Observing AC Power Output at the System Performance Meter

ThePVinstallerandtheHERSRatermustobserveandrecordtheACpoweroutputreading fromthesystemperformancemeterassoonaspossibleaftermakingthemeasurementsofsolar irradianceandambienttemperature.Theinvertermaycyclebetweenmultiplereadings(total kWh,ACpoweroutput,andsoforth),sothePVinstallerorHERSRaterwillneedtowaituntil thepowerisdisplayedandrecordthisreading;severalreadingsshouldbemadetomakesure thattheyareconsistentandstable.

4.

Multiple Orientation Arrays

Multipleorientationarraysarethosewithparallelstrings,eachwithanequalnumberof modules,indifferentorientations(azimuthandtilt)andconnectedtothesameinverter. 47 When parallelstringsindifferentorientationsareconnectedtothesameinverter,separateCF1RPV formsmustbepreparedforeachorientation,andsolarirradiancemustbemeasuredseparately inaplaneparalleltoeachorientation.FieldverificationwillrequireseparateCF6RPVandCF 4RPVformsforeachorientation.TheexpectedACpoweroutputisdeterminedseparatelyfor eachorientation,andthesumisusedforverificationpurposes. Forexample,aqualifying3kWPVsystemhas20PVmodulesgroupedevenlyintotwoparallel stringsof10moduleseach,onefacingsouthwithanazimuthof170degreesandonefacing westwithanazimuthof260degrees.TheinstallerorHERSRaterevaluatessystemperformance at11:30a.m.inMarchwithanambienttemperatureof62degreesFahrenheit.Theinstalleror HERSRatermeasures950W/mofsolar irradianceintheplaneparalleltothesouthstringand 500W/minaplaneparalleltothewestfacingstring. 48

47Substantialreductionsinperformancewillresultiftherearedifferentnumbersofmodulesineach stringorifmoduleswithdifferentorientationsareconnectedinseries. 48Whentestingsystemswithmultipleorientationarrays,thesolarirradiancelevelsonallarraysmust remainconstantwithin5percentasdiscussedinVerificationofSystemPerformanceabove.

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ThetotalexpectedACpoweroutputtableontheCF1RPVindicatesthatthesystemshouldbe producing1,200Wat950W/mand700Wat500W/mofsolarirradiance.TheexpectedAC poweroutputiscalculatedas1,900WbysummationofeachorientationsexpectedACpower output(1,200W+700W=1,900W).Thiscalculatedvaluemustbecomparedtothevalue displayedonthesystemperformancemeter.

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APPENDIX C
ENERGY EFFICIENCY DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS
A. Plan Check Checklist
Thepurposeofthischecklististoexpeditetherequiredplancheckprocess.Applications submittedwithoutthefollowingdocumentswillbereturnedtotheApplicant.Additional documentationmayberequestedduringtheplancheck. Acompletesetofconstructionplans 49 thatcontainthefollowing: Complianceformsandelectronicfiles: Electronicinputfile(s)fortheCF1RorPERF1 Equipmentandmaterialsdocumentation: Windows,glazeddoors,skylightsspecificationsheetwithmanufacturersnamethat demonstratesUfactorandSolarHeatGainCoefficient(SHGC) HardcopyofthefinalCF1RorPERF1signedbyaCEPEorCEA AsiteplanwithaNortharrow(forcustomhomes) Alistoflotsandaddresses(forresidentialdevelopments) Floorfinishschedule(ifCF1Rshowshighmassdesign) Elevation,wall,roof,floorconstructionassemblies Awindowanddoorschedulethatshowssizesandincludesallskylights(ifnotshown onthefloorplan) Architectural,electrical,mechanical,andplumbinginformation(asapplicable)

49Plansmaybesubmittedelectronicallyeitherasa.pdffileor.dwffile.Minimumplansizeof15x21 forprintedplans.

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Spaceheatingequipmentspecificationsheetwithmanufacturersname/modelnumber andefficiencyratingforeachunit Airconditionerspecificationsheetwithmanufacturersname/modelnumbersfor condenser/coilmatchorAHRIreferencenumberforeachproposedunit (http://www.Ahridirectory.org)thathasanefficiencyratinggreaterthanSEER13,EER 11 Waterheaterspecificationsheetwithmanufacturersname/modelnumberand efficiencyrating.Ifinstallingasolarwaterheater,aSolarWaterHeatingCalculation Form(CFSR)fromeithertheCaliforniaFChart(OG100)orSolarFractionCalculator forRatedSystems(OG300)isrequired. Roofingmaterialspecificationsheetthatshowsemissivityandreflectivityvalueof product. Specificationsheetsforanyspecialfeaturesorequipmentusedforcompliancewiththe energyefficiencyrequirements.

Additionalrequirements: Forappliancesprovidedbythebuilder,specificationsheetswithmanufacturers name/modelnumberthatdemonstratetheapplianceisENERGYSTAR=labeledif ENERGYSTARisapplicabletothatappliance.Onlyproductslistedunderthe AppliancesheadingoftheENERGYSTARwebsite,needtobeverifiedasENERGY STARlabeled. 50

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CF-4R-EE NSHP Verification Guidelines

TheCF4REENSHPformiscompletedbyaHERSRatertoverifytheenergyefficiency requirementsoftheNSHPprogram.Thisverificationisinadditiontoanyverificationsrequired foranyapplicableHERSmeasures.Theprocesstoverifyenergyefficiencycomplianceinvolves afieldinspectionbyaHERSRaterwherethemeasureslistedontheCF4REENSHPformare checkedoffashavingpassedorfailedinspection.TheCF4REENSHPformwillbe prepopulatedwithinformationfromtheCF1RsubmittedintheNSHPapplicationandthathas beenuploadedtoaHERSProviderdataregistry.TheHERSRaterwillonlyneedtocheckoff whetherameasurepassedorfailed. ItemslistedintheOpaqueSurfaceDetailssectionoftheCF4REENSHP(forexample,wall insulation)canbeverifiedeitherbyhavingaHERSRateronsitewhiletheitemisaccessible(for
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example,priortoenclosureofwalls)orbyprovidingtheHERSRaterwithphotographsofthe installeditems,invoicesformaterialspurchased,andanyrelevantCF6Rs.Thesameallowance forphotographs,invoices,andrelevantCF6RsappliestoanyspecialfeaturelistedinAppendix C,SectionCthatisnotaccessibletotheHERSRater.Acceptanceofphotographs,invoices,and relevantCF6RsissolelyatthediscretionoftheHERSRater. Note:TheHERSverificationmeasure,QualityInstallationofInsulation(QII),cannotbe verifiedusingphotographs,invoices,orCF6Rs.AHERSRatermustbeonsiteandperformthe requiredverificationpriortowallenclosure,orQIImaynotbeusedtomeettheNSHPenergy efficiencyrequirements. AllothermeasureslistedontheCF4REENSHPmustbeverifiedthroughvisualinspection. EachitemlistedontheCF4REENSHPmustbecomparedandverifiedagainstwhatwas actuallyinstalledbecauseeachitemiscriticaltothebuildingsoverallperformanceandenergy savings. Specialfeaturesareitemsthatrequirespecialattention.Forexample,itemssuchasradiant barrierswouldrequireaHERSRatertovisuallyverifytheproperinstallationoftheradiant barrier,ensuringthatitisinstalledbetweentheraftersandonthegableendsoftheattic.The listofspecialfeaturescanbefoundinAppendixC,SectionC,oftheNSHPGuidebook.Special featurescanbeinspectedatanytimeduringtheconstructionprocess,withtheexceptionofthe housewrap/airretardingwrapthatmustbeinspectedpriortowallenclosure. Ifanapplicantisparticipatinginautilitynewconstructionenergyefficiencyprogram,suchas theCaliforniaAdvancedHomesProgram(CAHP),heorshemustmeettheenergyefficiency requirementsofthatutilitynewconstructionenergyefficiencyprogramratherthantheNSHP energyefficiencyrequirements(i.e.theCF4REENSHPwillnotbecompleted).SeeChapterII, SectionC,foradditionalinformationonparticipationinautilitynewconstructionenergy efficiencyprogram.

C.

NSHP List of Energy Efficiency Special Features


SpecialFeatureDescription Thisbuildingincorporatesanairretardingwrapthatshallbe installedtomeettherequirementsofSection150(f)ofthe 2008BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards,Title24,Part6. Thisbuildingusesmetalframedwallsthatshallmeet mandatoryinsulationrequirements.Inmanycasessheathing insulationisusedinadditiontocavityinsulation.Metal framedwallsshallbebuiltaccordingtothedetailsin ReferenceJointAppendix4oftheReferenceAppendicesfor

SpecialFeature Housewrap/Air retardingwrap

Metalframedwalls

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the2008BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandardsforthis constructiontype. Controlledventilation ControlledventilationCrawlspaceistobeconstructedin Crawlspace accordancewiththealternativetoSection150(d)ofthe2008 BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards,Title24,Part6,and Section3.5.4ofthe2008ResidentialAlternativeCalculation MethodApprovalManual. Highmassbuilding HighmassbuildingfeaturesaredescribedintheTHERMAL features MASSFORHIGHMASSDESIGNtableofcomplianceform CF1R. RadiantBarriersinstalled Theradiantbarriersinstalledinthisbuildingshallmeet eligibilityandinstallationcriteriaasspecifiedinReference ResidentialAppendixRA4.2.2oftheReferenceAppendices forthe2008BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards. Multipleconditioned Thisbuildingusesmultipleconditionedzones.The zones nonclosableareabetweenzonescannotexceed40ft2and eachzonemustbecontrolledwithaseparatethermostat.In addition,theairflowrequirementsandfanwattdraw requirementsinReferenceResidentialAppendixRA3.3of theReferenceAppendicesforthe2008BuildingEnergy EfficiencyStandards 51 mustbemet. CoolRoofingproducts Coolroofproductsinstalledonthisbuildingqualifyingfor installed compliancewithSections141(a)1.B,143(a)1or149(b)1B, 151(f)12,or152(b)1Hofthe2008BuildingEnergyEfficiency Standards,Title24,Part6,shallberatedandlabeledbythe CoolRoofRatingCouncilinaccordancewithSection10113 ofthe2008BuildingEnergyEfficiencyStandards,Title24, Part6. Hydronicheatingsystem TableR350ofthe2008ResidentialAlternativeCalculation MethodApprovalManualspecifiesdefaultassumptionsfor hydronicsystemsforexistingbuildings.Systemdetailsarein theSPECIALSYSTEMSHYDRONICDISTRIBUTION SYSTEMSANDTERMINALStableoftheCF1R. GasAbsorption MinimumefficiencyforGasAbsorptionequipmentis equipment specifiedinTable112DinSubchapter2ofthe2008Building EnergyEfficiencyStandards,Title24,Part6. NonNAECAlarge AnonNAECAlargestoragegaswaterheaterisspecifiedfor storagegaswaterheater thisbuilding.Systemspecificationsareshowninthe SPECIALWATERHEATER/BOILERDETAILStableof complianceformCF1R. Waterheatingsystem WaterheatingsystemspecificationsareintheSPECIAL
51www.energy.ca.gov/2008publications/CEC4002008004/CEC4002008004CMF.PDF.

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doesnothaveasingle separatewaterheater servingeachdwelling unit. Solarthermalwater heating

WATERHEATER/BOILERDETAILStableofcompliance formCF1R.

Sunspaceattachedto building

Energybenefitsofsolarwaterheatingshallbecalculated usingproceduresdescribedinSection5.1.5ofthe 2008 ResidentialComplianceManualandSection5.13ofthe2008 ResidentialAlternativeCalculationMethodApproval Manual. SeetheReferenceAppendixRA4.4.10ofthe ReferenceAppendicesforthe2008BuildingEnergy EfficiencyStandardsforadditionalinformation. Thisbuildinghasanattachedsunspacewithinterzone surfaces,customsolarheatgaindistribution,andsunspace thermalmasselements.

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APPENDIX D
NSHP FORMS
NSHP1 ReservationApplicationForm NSHP2 PaymentClaimForm NSHP3 TenYearWarrantyForm STD204 PayeeDataRecord ThefollowingformsarenotintheGuidebook,andareeitherproducedbytheCECPV CalculatororprovidedbythesolarenergysysteminstallerorHERSRater: CF1RPV EnergyCommissionCECPVCalculatorOutputForm CF4REENSHP CertificateofFieldVerification CF4RPV FieldVerificationandDiagnosticTestingForm CF6RPV InstallationCertificateForm

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NSHP-1
1. Applicant Name and Contact Information
Homeowner or Builder/Developer Name Please check one of the following:

RESERVATION APPLICATION FORM NEW SOLAR HOMES PARTNERSHIP


Phone Number Email Address

I am the:

Homeowner

Builder/Developer
City: Address State: Zip Code:

Mailing Address Contact Name (if different from above) & Company

Phone, Fax and Email Address

2. Project Description
Please give a general project description including the site address of development.

Name of project: _________________________________________________________________ Address where the system will be installed (if this is a housing development, only the city or location to nearest city needs to be specified): _________________________________________________________
Please check all that apply to your project:

Occupancy type: Project type:

Single Family

Multifamily

Mixed-Use

Nonresidential

Solar as Standard (More than 50 percent of the residential dwelling units in a large project (minimum of 6 residential dwelling units) will have solar energy systems installed) Custom home Small housing developments with less than 6 residential units Projects where solar will be installed on less than 50 percent of the residential dwelling units Common area systems in residential developments Solar as an Option (Please note, if solar is offered as an option, your reservation can only be for up to 50 percent of the residential dwelling units in the project) Total number of residential dwelling units in the project: ________ Total number of residential dwelling units with solar energy systems installed: ________ Affordable Housing Total number of common areas systems installed: _____ Total number of residential dwelling units with solar energy systems installed: ________

Will your system be Virtual Net Metered (VNM)? Yes No If yes, please provide the system generation allocation percentages: Residential Dwelling Units: _______ Affordable Housing Residential Dwelling Units: _______ Common Areas: _______
Please note that only Solar as Standard, affordable housing, and solar as an option projects will receive a 36-month reservation. All others will receive an 18-month reservation.

For custom home applicants to complete Anticipated new construction permit issue date(s): _______________ Anticipated solar permit issue date(s):_______________ Anticipated occupancy permit issue date(s):______________
Please note that the building permit for the solar energy system should be approved by the building code enforcement agency prior to the original occupancy of the newly constructed building, but no later than 180 days after the issuance of the occupancy permit.

3. Electric Utility, Participation in Utilitys Energy Efficiency Program Please select the utility providing electricity to the project: PG&E SCE SDG&E Is your project participating in the electric utilitys new construction energy efficiency program? BVE Yes No

Please note that projects participating in the electric utilitys new construction energy efficiency program will not need to submit the NSHP energy efficiency documentation.

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4. Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Information 52


HERS Rater Company Energy efficiency measures verification Solar energy system field verification HERS Rater Phone number HERS Provider

5. Supporting Documentation Required for Application Submittal


All Projects: Final Subdivision Map or Building Permit EPBI Documentation CF-1R-PV form Electronic input files (.emf, .her) Equipment Purchase Agreement* Installation Contract (if separate from the equipment purchase agreement) Energy Efficiency Documentation** CF-1R form Electronic input file (.bld/.mp7, .mp8) Construction plan set*** Additional Requirements for: Affordable Housing Projects: Regulatory Agreement Solar as Standard Projects: Build-Out Schedule Solar as an Option Projects: Build-Out Schedule

Affordable Housing Projects. TCAC projects have up to 60 days after funding approval to submit the Energy Efficiency Documentation. *In the case of lease or PPA projects, an installation contract with equipment listed shall replace the equipment purchase agreement. **Waived if participating in a utility new construction energy efficiency program ***See Appendix C for document requirements.

6. Other Terms and Conditions


Builder/Developer is aware that initial energy efficiency measure verification may need to be completed early in the construction process. Energy efficiency measures requiring early verification include, but are not limited to: Quality Installation of Insulation (QII) Special Features* Builder/Developer is aware that all NSHP Energy Efficiency verification requirements must be completed in order to receive NSHP incentives. Required energy efficiency verifications include, but are not limited to: Envelope Assembly (Wall, Roof) Fenestration Surface Details HVAC System Details- Heating and Cooling Water Heating Special Features* *Please see Appendix C, Section C for more information on special features measures requiring verification.

7. Declaration
The undersigned party declares under penalty of perjury that the information in this form and the supporting documentation submitted herewith is true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge and acknowledges the following program requirements to reserve funding: Incentives are based on the expected performance of the systems installed. Buildings must achieve at a minimum Tier I Energy Efficiency to be eligible for the program. Systems that are leased or provide electricity under a power purchase agreement are subject to special reporting requirements. Applicant may be required to repay some or all of the NSHP funding he or she receives if the system is leased or provides electricity through a power purchase agreement, and the lease agreement or power purchase agreement is terminated within five years of the systems installation or the start date of the agreement, whichever is later. The undersigned party further acknowledges that he or she is aware of the requirements and conditions of receiving funding under the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) and agrees to comply with all such requirements and conditions as provided in the Energy Commissions NSHP Guidebook, Fourth Edition, Overall Program Guidebook, and Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) as a condition to receiving funding under the NSHP. The undersigned party authorizes the Energy Commission, during the term of the NSHP, to exchange information on this form with the applicable electric utility servicing the project to verify compliance with NSHP requirements.

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This information is used to upload the project information to the HERS Provider data registry. D3

Signature, Assignment of Administrative Rights and Incentive Recipient Information


(Optional)

I, the applicant, designate ___________________________ as my authorized representative for the New Solar Homes Partnership program. This party is permitted to sign the NSHP-2(s) and any EPBI Documentation on this project on my behalf. Designated Payee of NSHP Incentive: Payees Address:

Homeowner or Builder/Developer Name: Signature:

Date: Title:

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NSHP-2
[CEC use only] Incentive @ ______ = $__________ Payment Approval Date:________________ 1. Confirmation of Reservation Amount

PAYMENT CLAIM FORM


NEW SOLAR HOMES PARTNERSHIP
Reservation ID Project Name Address or Site ID

_________________ has been granted a reservation of $ ________ for a _________ kW solar energy system. This reservation is for a ______________________ project and will expire on ____________. The system is being installed at _____________________. The payment will be made to __________________ (designated payee).
The solar energy system must be completed and the claim submitted with the appropriate documentation by the deadline. All energy efficiency measures must be completed and verified by a HERS Rater prior to payment claim submittal. Failure to meet these requirements will cause the payment of NSHP incentives to be delayed or withheld. Claims must be postmarked by the expiration date or the reservation will expire. This reservation is non-transferable. System must be installed at the installation address.

2. Major System Equipment of Record (Modules, Inverters, Meters)


Quantity Manufacturer Model Cost

_________ _________ _________ _________ 3. System Details


Total System Price: Equipment Cost (before rebate): Installation Cost:

_____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________

_________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________

____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

Total HERS Cost: PV HERS Cost: EE HERS Cost: Solar Permit Cost: PPA Annual kWh:

Lot Number: Final Address: Interconnection Date: New Construction Building Permit Issue Date:
Final PV HERS Rater Name and Provider:

Sales Arrangement: Purchased Leased


Final Equipment Seller Name:

Final System Installer Name:

Final EE HERS Rater Name and Provider:

4. PV Modifications Have any of the equipment or installation specifications changed since the reservation was approved? If yes, note the changes before claiming payment.

Yes

No

_________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. Energy Efficiency Modifications Have any of the measures used to meet the Building Energy Efficiency Standards or NSHP energy efficiency requirements changed since the reservation was approved? Yes No If yes, note the changes before claiming payment. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

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6. Payment Assignment Is payment assigned to another party? Yes (Please fill out all the sections below.) No (Please skip Section 5 and complete all others.) Assignment Request I, ________________________________, the applicant or authorized representative of the applicant as specified on the NSHP-1 form, hereby assign the right to receive payment for the above noted reservation under the NSHP to the following individual or entity and request that payment be forwarded to this individual or entity at the address below. A STD-204 must be submitted for the person/entity receiving the payment, if it is not already on record with the Energy Commission. Name: Address:

Phone Number: As the applicant or authorized representative of the applicant as specified on the NSHP-1 form, I understand that I remain responsible for complying with the requirements of the NSHP and will remain liable for any tax consequences associated with the reservation payment, despite the payments assignment. I further understand that I may revoke this payment assignment at any time prior to the Energy Commissions processing of the payment by providing written notice to the Energy Commissions Renewable Energy Office. Signature: Name: 7. Signatures
The undersigned party declares under penalty of perjury that the information in this form and the supporting documentation submitted herewith is true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge. The party further declares under penalty of perjury that the following statements are true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge: (1) The electrical generating system described above and in any attached documents meets the terms and conditions of the Energy Commission's NSHP, has been installed, and is operating satisfactorily or a complete interconnection package has been submitted to the appropriate utility for the system, as of the date stated below. (2) The electrical generating system described above and in any attached documents is properly interconnected to the utility distribution grid and has been issued utility approval to operate the system as interconnected to the distribution grid, or a complete interconnection package has been submitted to the appropriate utility for the system. (3) The rated electrical output of the generating system, the physical location of the system, and the equipment identified were installed as stated above in Sections 1-4. (4) Except as noted above, there were no changes in the information previously submitted for this system. The undersigned party further acknowledges that he or she is aware of the requirements and conditions of receiving funding under the NSHP, including the special reporting and repayment requirements for leased systems and systems providing electricity under a power purchase agreement, and agree to comply with all such requirements and conditions as provided in the Energy Commissions NSHP Guidebook, Fourth Edition, Overall Program Guidebook and the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) as a condition to receiving funding under the NSHP. As specified in the NSHP Guidebook, the undersigned applicant authorizes the Energy Commission during the term of the NSHP to exchange information on this form with the electric utility servicing the system in order to verify compliance with the NSHP requirements. Required Supporting Documents to be Verified by Program Applicant/ Authorized Representative Documentation Administrator

Date: Title:

Name: Title: Signature: Date:

(NSHP-3) Payee Data Record (STD-204), and IRS W-9 if requested Lease or Power Purchase Agreement, if applicable

Ten-Year Warranty Form

Final EPBI Documentation (CF-4R-

PV) Final NSHP Energy Efficiency Documentation (CF-4R and CF-4REE NSHP) or utility new construction energy efficiency program payment letter Utility Approval of Interconnection

For the latest mailing address information, visit [http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/contacts/consumers.php].

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NSHP-3
What is Covered

TEN-YEAR WARRANTY FORM


NEW SOLAR HOMES PARTNERSHIP

System Information This warranty applies to the following ______ kW solar electric generating system Equipment Description: _________________________________________________________ Located at: __________________________________________________________________

This ten-year warranty is subject to the terms below (check one of the boxes):

All components of the generating system AND the systems installation. Said warrantor shall bear the full
cost of diagnosis, repair, labor, and replacement of any system or system component, at no cost to the customer. Said warrantor also assumes coverage of the major system components in all situations where the manufacturer warranty does not cover the entire ten-year period; or

Systems installation only. Said warrantor shall bear the full cost of diagnosis, repair, labor, and replacement of
any system or system component, exclusive of the manufacturers coverage, at no cost to the customer. Copies of manufacturer ten-year warranty certificates for the major system components (i.e. photovoltaic modules and inverter MUST be provided with this form).

Owner-builder or self-installed installation. Warranty is inclusive only of the manufacturers coverage. Copies of
manufacturer ten-year warranty certificates for the major system components (i.e. photovoltaic modules and inverter MUST be provided with this form). The owner-builder or self-installer assumes coverage of all other aspects of the ten-year warranty.

General Terms
This warranty extends to the original purchaser and to any subsequent purchasers or owners at the same location during the warranty period. For the purpose of this warranty, the terms purchaser, subsequent owner, and purchase include a lessee, assignee of a lease, and a lease transaction. This warranty is effective from _________________ (date of completion of the system installation). A copy of this warranty is provided to the purchaser of the solar electric generating system.

Exclusions
This warranty does not apply to: Damage, malfunction, or degradation of electrical output caused by failure to properly operate or maintain the system in accordance with the printed instructions provided with the system. Damage, malfunction, or degradation of electrical output caused by any repair or replacement using a part or service not provided or authorized in writing by the warrantor. Damage malfunction, or degradation of electrical output resulting from purchaser or third party abuse, accident, alteration, improper use, negligence or vandalism, or from earthquake, fire, flood, or other acts of God.

Obtaining Warranty Service


Contact the following warrantor for service or instructions: Name: _____________________________________________ Company: __________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________ Authorized Representative(s): ______________________________________ D7 Date: ________________ Phone: ( Fax: ( ) )

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