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- John Easoz
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Our goal to develop lowercost projects and overcome other significant barriers which limit theparticipation of non-profits and low and moderate income(LMI) households; initiallyin Ulster County, New York. These barriers are primarily financial,but also include mission match for non-profits and recruitment for LMI. Removal of these barriers through synergiesbetween non-profits, for-profits, LMI, and component distributors/manufacturerswill enable these entities to participate in solar power generation and benefitfrom resulting energy cost reductions and resiliency.The new distributed energy compensation structure announced in New York provides strong incentivesfor projects that involve community solar, storage, and LMI service. We plan totake advantage of this unique structure by developing non-profit hosted, resilientcommunity solar projects with a strong focus on LMI member content. Each of these project elements will improvethe energy revenue to the projects, and in return reduce the energy costs tothe participants while providing resiliency of the energy source in the eventof local disasters. Focusing initially on non-profits (2 to 4 in the first 18 moths)with the physicalcapability to host a sizeable array (200 kW or more) our plan would be to finda taxable entity to own the project, hosted on the non-profit’s site,overcoming the tax credit utilization issue. The array owner would then enterinto a community solar agreement with the non-profit and a sufficient number ofLMI households as member to reach the 20% energy benefit threshold. Our localteam members that are well-embedded in the community will work with thenon-profits to market to and recruit community solar members. To address theproblem of cost, the team leader Direct Gain Consulting (DGC) would utilize itsvast connections in the solar industry to source as many components as possiblefrom distributors and manufacturers that are considered “obsolete” primarily dueto effects of rapidly advancing technology; basically “last year’s models”. In addition, we would aggregate the construction of multiple smaller projects to achieve economy of scale for further cost reduction. Credit limitations of the LMI participants would be backed by grants acquired by the non-profits, and through energy storage embedded in the systems we can provide energy resilient community centers based at the non-profit host sites. Our team consists of a group of extremely experienced and successful solar consultants, installation firm, developer and financer, and architecture firm as well as three local non-profit organizations with interest to host the initial systems. This team is completely capable to execute the entire project.