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by Tracy Will
Mon, Sep 20th 2010 08:30 am


We've told you all about how CIR has been pushing into the solar market with three employees completing the in-depth photovoltaic (PV) system installation training, partnering with PUSH on the Net-Zero House at 10 Winter Street and our participation at National Grid's 2010 Energy Efficiency Expo.

We're very excited to say that all three of our employees that completed the PV (solar electric) installation training have been accepted as Provisional Eligible Installers for NYSERDA's PV Incentive Program.  Craig Bongiovanni, Scott Dalton and Dave Jakubowski are all listed for CIR on NYSERDA's Eligible PV Installer list in the Provisional Status section, and as such can apply for incentives and install approved systems on a case by case basis under the program.

The PV Incentive Program offers incentives for the installation of grid-connected solar electric (PV) systems.  A grid-connected PV system is connected to the utility grid, providing electricity customers with uninterrupted power regardless of the performance of the system.  On days when the system isn't producing enough electricity to meet the customer's needs, they will receive additional power from the grid, but when the system produces more electricity than the customer uses, the excess power is returned to the grid and they receive a credit on their account.  This is referred to as net metering.

NYSERDA requires all systems be approved prior to installation, and only Eligible Installers can apply for incentives and install approved systems.  As you may recall, for the PV installation at PUSH's Net-Zero House, CIR has partnered with Triangle Electrical Systems, a union contractor out of Plattsburg that has extensive experience with solar electric systems, including North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified installers and NYSERDA Eligible Installers.  Now that we have approved Eligible Installers with Provisional Status, we can submit incentive applications on our own, one project at a time.

The Provisional Status simply means that we have less experience than other approved installers, which is no surprise since this is a new market for us.  Craig, Scott and Dave have met NYSERDA's minimum requirements to participate in the program, and once they have more PV installation experience under their belts, they'll move up on NYSERDA's list.

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