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The Process

  • Star Power LLC and its chosen solar integrator will conduct one or more visits to the non-profit building’s rooftop to measure orientation, shading, and roof condition.
  • A preliminary design will assess cost and likely generation productivity resulting in the electric rate needed to achieve Star Power’s target return on investment. In most cases, this electric rate will be below current market retail rates for electric supply plus delivery AND will be fixed for the term of whatever agreement is executed between the parties.
  • A detailed written proposal is submitted to the building owner outlining the term to be enumerated in a Joint Solar Development Agreement including potential buyout of the system either during or at the end of the Agreement term.
  • At the end of the agreement term and in the absence of a buyout by the non-profit host, Star Power will either remove the solar equipment or negotiate an additional agreement for another 10 years.

Ownership Alternative

In situations where the non-profit organization wishes to own the system outright, Star Power will outline the options available to do so and is happy to act as a consultant and facilitator to help complete the project.

Interconnection with the Utility

In Connecticut, the utilities are required to credit electricity generated on site but not immediately used by the host building. At the time of system installation, a “net meter” is installed that measures electricity in kilo-watt-hours (kWhs) that both flows into and out of a building’s electric panel box. At the end of the monthly billing period, the supply and delivery invoice will reflect either a net surplus or a net consumption. Surpluses are carried over month to month and are used to offset each month’s consumption, but at the end of the utility’s account year, any remaining surplus is purchased from the account holder at the utility’s wholesale supply rate. The interconnection process is governed by an “Interconnection Agreement” between the non-profit building owner and the utility.

Incentives

Solar power continues to enjoy both government and utility financial incentives. As the owner of the solar power systems, these incentives accrue to Star Power, but are factored into calculation of target Return on Investment and therefore have a direct effect on the electric rate charged to the non-profit building host. Incentives include:

  • 30% Federal investment Tax Credit
  • Capital Equipment depreciation
  • Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

The majority of the available incentives are tax based and therefore, not available to not-for-profit organizations. This fact makes a partnership with a for-profit company like Star Power a very reasonable pathway for a non-profit to go solar.

See existing Star Power projects here.