senate Bill S7444

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a community solar pilot program

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May 15, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications

S7444 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8307
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง66-n, Pub Serv L

S7444 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a community solar pilot program.

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BILL NUMBER:S7444

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
the community solar pilot program

PURPOSE: Establishes a community solar pilot program

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the public service law by adding a new section 66-n,
which details the Community Solar pilot program.

Section 2 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Many New Yorkers would like to move to solar energy, but
are unable to because they live in an apartment or other situation that
is unsuitable for a solar installation. A community solar pilot project
will allow those New Yorkers to invest in off-site solar energy, offset-
ting their energy consumption and creating an ongoing funding stream for
new installations.

Electricity generated by solar power systems is clean, renewable, and
reliable. These systems reduce the amount of greenhouse gases and help
to save money on electricity and natural gas bills. Solar power systems
can also provide communities with fixed energy costs along with reduced
pressure on the electrical grid while providing additional electricity
when they generate more than is used during the day.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7444

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public service law, in relation to the community
  solar pilot program

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
66-n to read as follows:
  S 66-N. COMMUNITY SOLAR PILOT PROGRAM. 1. THE COMMISSION SHALL  ESTAB-
LISH A NEW YORK STATE PILOT PROGRAM PROMOTING THE USE OF COMMUNITY SOLAR
ENERGY.
  2.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  OVERSEE  THE  IMPLEMENTATION  OF THE PILOT
PROGRAM AND SHALL ISSUE AN  ORDER  OF  THE  COMMISSION  AUTHORIZING  THE
CONSTRUCTION OF A SOLAR INSTALLATION.
  3. THE COMMISSION SHALL INVITE CONSUMERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM
AS SUBSCRIBERS, PROVIDED THAT:
  A.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  SET A SUBSCRIPTION SCHEDULE, INCLUDING THE
PRICE PER WATT TO SUBSCRIBE AND THE PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL INSTALLATION
EACH SUBSCRIPTION LEVEL SHALL REPRESENT;
  B. SUBSCRIBERS SHALL MAKE A ONE TIME PAYMENT TO THE COMMISSION AND, IN
RETURN, SUBSCRIBERS SHALL BE PAID A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND  FOR  THE  ENERGY
GENERATED BY THE WATTS COVERED BY THEIR SUBSCRIPTION LEVEL;
  C.  A CONSUMER SHALL BE PAID ON A QUARTERLY BASIS BASED ON THE CONSUM-
ER'S SUBSCRIPTION LEVEL;
  D. THE COMMISSION SHALL SET A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SUBSCRIPTIONS AT  EACH
LEVEL; AND
  E.  THE  MINIMUM  PRICE PER SUBSCRIPTION SHALL NOT EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED
DOLLARS.
  4. ALL ENERGY GENERATED BY THE SOLAR INSTALLATION SHALL BE  SOLD  BACK
TO AN INVESTOR-OWNED UTILITY.
  5.    ONE  PERCENT OF ALL PAYMENTS DUE TO SUBSCRIBERS SHALL BE HELD BY
THE COMMISSION TO PAY FOR THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT INTO THE ORIGINAL SOLAR
INSTALLATION. AFTER THE ORIGINAL INSTALLATION HAS BEEN PAID IN FULL, THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13079-01-3

S. 7444                             2

ONE PERCENT HELD BY THE COMMISSION SHALL  BE  USED  TO  FUND  NEW  SOLAR
INSTALLATIONS IN THE SAME MANNER.
  6.  THE  STATE SHALL RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF THE SOLAR INSTALLATION AND OF
ANY RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS GENERATED BY THE INSTALLATION.
  7. SUBSCRIBERS SHALL BE PAID FOR ENERGY GENERATED AT THE  RETAIL  RATE
AND NOT AT THE AVOIDED-COST RATE.
  8.  THE  MAXIMUM  SIZE OF THE INSTALLATION SHALL BE TWO THOUSAND KILO-
WATTS.
  9. SUBSCRIPTIONS MAY NOT BE RESOLD TO ANY ENTITY OTHER THAN THE STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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