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AriSEIA's News You Can Use
February 27, 2020
AriSEIA Updates
Upcoming Events + Workshops
APS Stakeholder Interconnection Forum

IMPORTANT - The APS Stakeholder Interconnection Forum is scheduled for March 4, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. There is an optional Engineer workshop from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Ocotillo Training Center located at  1701 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281 . Please enter via the north entrance which is located on the south side of Rio Salado Parkway. Start at McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, and then head west to the first driveway entrance on the south side of Rio Salado to enter the property. Breakfast and a light lunch will be provided. WebEx will NOT be available.

For those unable to attend, the presentation will be uploaded to the APS website at  aps.com/dg .

Action Needed : To gain access to the facility an RSVP is required for both the Forum and the workshop. Please send the names of those attending along with their email address, to:  stakeholdercomments@aps.com , no later than February 28 , 2020.
ACC Renewable Energy Workshop

Join us at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for an important workshop on the future of solar and renewable energy in Arizona. Commissioners will discuss their positions on increasing the renewable energy standard and tariff (REST). Come to support solar and increasing renewable energy in AZ!

The workshop is scheduled to take place over two days - March 10 and 11 at the Arizona Corporation Commission and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on both days.

Please RSVP HERE .
AriSEIA Networking Event

Thanks to all who joined us at our February event! There won't be a March event because we're planning something special for April, so stay tuned!
AriSEIA Updates
ACC Interconnection Rules Update:

AriSEIA & members celebrate a victory 10 years in the making!

The long awaited Final Rulemaking for Interconnection of Distributed Generation Facilities was cleared by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office on February 25, 2020 and is effective immediately. The rules define which systems qualify for the fast track process, which is expanded over what some utilities currently do. The rules define non-exporting and inadvertent exporting systems with batteries that have even greater leeway in obtaining fast track treatment versus systems without batteries. As Arizona achieves higher penetration levels of solar these rules will facilitate system development. Utilities have 90 days to file their conforming Interconnection Manuals, which are subject to ACC approval. ARISEIA plans to review those manuals and provide input to the ACC on burdensome provisions. The rules can be viewed HERE .

AriSEIA in the News:
AriSEIA President Brandon Cheshire weighed in on " AZ lawmakers considering bill to require solar panel recycling " with 3TV, stating: "This is going to have unintended consequences on the industry and raise costs for the industry and consumers." Watch the story HERE .

TEP Interconnection Rules Violations:
Last month, we sent an email out to all AriSEIA members informing them about updates regarding TEP Interconnection Rules violations, and how to add a complaint to the docket in order to be sure that the ACC sees complaints from all individuals who wish to make them! If you did not receive this email, click here for information, and how to file a complaint.

SRP Battery Updates and Board Elections:
SRP will hold Board Elections on April 7, 2020. Click here to fill out an electronic form to request a ballot. Click here for more SRP election information. To learn more about how to vote in the election, check out this blog from AriSEIA member company, SunHarvest Solar.

APS General Rate Case:
AriSEIA is still looking for members to join our APS General Rate Case Steering Committee! If you're interested, please contact Brandon Cheshire with any questions.
 Become an AriSEIA Member!
Thank you to renewing member Southface Solar !

Now is the perfect time to become an AriSEIA member! AriSEIA membership comes with various benefits, including access to industry resources and events, visibility and promotion for your organization, opportunities to participate in innovative policy efforts, and so much more.

If you are already a member and want to renew, click here . If you are not yet a member, click here to learn more about our membership levels and how you can join us in advancing solar and storage in sunny Arizona! To become a member, join online or contact us .
Notable Dates:
  • March 10th & 11th - ACC Stakeholder Meeting and Workshop (REST + more items). Click here to learn more.
  • March 24th & 25th - ACC Open Meeting.
  • April 7th - SRP Board Elections. Click here to learn more.
Local and National Updates
Northeast US Added 800 MW of Rooftop Solar in 2019
Solar contractors added about 800 MWac of small-scale solar across nine Northeastern states in the 12 months ending in November, 2019, with contractors in New York and New Jersey building three-fifths of the total installed capacity. Small-scale installations, defined as those smaller than one megawatt, generally means rooftop solar. Massachusetts kept the lead in cumulative small-scale PV per capita, while Vermont and New Jersey were neck-and-neck at second and third.

National Solar Jobs Census
The U.S. solar industry now employs nearly 250,000 workers, according to the 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census. These jobs are providing clean, affordable, renewable energy in all 50 states. The National Solar Jobs Census 2019   is The Solar Foundation’s annual report on the size and scope of the American solar workforce. Based on a rigorous survey of solar employers, it is the most comprehensive analysis of solar labor market trends in the United States.

N.A.A.C.P. Tells Local Chapters: Don’t Let Energy Industry Manipulate You
When utilities around the country have wanted to build fossil-fuel plants, defeat energy-efficiency proposals or slow the growth of rooftop solar power, they have often turned for support to a surprisingly reliable ally: a local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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AriSEIA's Referral Plan - you can save on your annual dues!

We are offering members a 10% discount for each company or organization you bring to AriSEIA. Here's how it works:

  1. Talk to your solar or related company, such as your suppliers, professional services, or associate industry companies, etc.
  2. Email President Brandon Cheshire at: b.cheshire@ariseia.org.
  3. We will do the rest and send you your discounted invoice for the following year, along with our sincere thank you!

Bring in a new member and receive a 10% credit for each new member (up to 3) towards your annual AriSEIA Membership Dues!

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