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  • ralph parrott
    From: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts [mailto:tx.comptroller@service.govdelivery.com] Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:09 PM To:
    Message 1 of 6 , May 17, 2011
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      SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants

       

      From: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts [mailto:tx.comptroller@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:09 PM
      To: ralph.parrott@...
      Subject: SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants

       

      Window on State Government, Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

      RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants

      The Comptroller of Public Accounts, State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) will provide alternative fuels grant funding to eligible Texas cities, counties or public schools.

      Purpose of Grants: To transition vehicle fleets to alternative fuels and hybrid-electric vehicles; convert existing vehicles to alternative fuels; and/or provide necessary refueling capabilities.

      Budget Allocation (Amount Available to Award): $1,679,757.63 in competitive grants for the State Fiscal Year 2011 (September 1, 2011, through August 31, 2012). Individual awards, if any are not-to-exceed $100,000 in total amount.

      Eligible Entities/Who Qualifies: Texas city, county or a Public Texas School (as defined in Sections 21.201 and 61.003 of the Texas Education Code).

      For more information on Eligibility Requirements, Eligible Projects and Award Criteria, see Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grant Program (SEP Program 2.2).

      Funding Timeline

      Date*

      Notice of Request for Applications Posted on Texas Register

      05/13/11

      Issuance of Request for Application on Electronic State Business Daily

      05/13/11

      Non-Mandatory Letters of Intent/Submission of Questions Due

      05/20/11, 2 p.m. CT

      Official Responses to Questions Posted

      05/26/11, or as soon thereafter as practical

      Application Deadline

      06/03/11, 2 p.m. CT

      Grant Award/Contract Execution

      06/17/11, or as soon thereafter as practical

      *Dates may be subject to change


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    • Solarsyz LLC
      Can anyone help me answer this question. A Solar Panel Installer had this question and it got directed to my company and since we are not installers, we don t
      Message 2 of 6 , May 20, 2011
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        Can anyone help me answer this question.

        A Solar Panel Installer had this question and it got directed to my company and since we are not installers, we don't have specialists to answer this question. So would anyone be kind enough to help me to answer this question.

        "The building has two different meters both are 1600amps so they are using ALOT of power!  I want to suggest a small solar system on the roof (8 or 9kw) with hopes of expanding later.  Ordinarily the meter would be taken out and switched to a net meter and a ATS switch would be installed right next to the MDP.  My question for is.... can we install the ATS switch on a sub panel.  The reason I ask is I would like to isolate a small section of the building (the offices) and provide enough power to run that section.  Perhaps even install a sub-meter so everyone could get the satisfaction of watching it spin backwards! "

        Thanks
        Regards
        Roy




      • Philip Timmons
        Sure, but this is a little different most Grid Tie systems -- with the ATS (automatic transfer switch -- usually used for back-up / generator systems) than the
        Message 3 of 6 , May 20, 2011
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          Sure, but this is a little different most Grid Tie systems -- with the ATS (automatic transfer switch -- usually used for back-up / generator systems) than the Grid-Tie rated inverter that is typically used.  Is he also putting in some sort of battery or generator system to operate when the grid is lost?

          The Grid Tie inverters monitor the incoming line voltage, and if it determines that line power is lost or acting out of a set of known good ranges, the inverter disconnects itself from the line, and then checks to see if the line power comes back on.  After the line power is restored, the inverter waits 5 minutes and makes sure the line is stable, and then reconnects.

          Looking at things from the PV Module side down to the line goes --> PV > DC lines > (combiner/fuses optional) DC Disconnect > Inverter > AC Disconnect (at inverter) > AC Knife Blade Lock-out Disconnect (for Utility Co. at service) > REC/PV Array Meter > AND then to a Circuit Breaker Panel, or feed from the Mains.  After the Main Service Disconnect is the Billing Meter.

          But no where in that is an ATS.  I guess ask him if this is meant to be a battery / back-up generator type system.

          As far as a "meter going backwards" -- Yes everyone's face lights up when they see that.  Used to be my favorite part of the job.  But those days are quickly passing with the Smart/Digital meters.  If the billing meter is now a digital, he will need to make sure the Utility/Co-op has approved the installation and provided a DRG (distributed renewable generation) meter (reads both ways) for the billing meter.  

          But he does not know any of this . . . . he may not even a basic installer, let alone a competent electrical contractor to work on and install such a system.  



          --- On Fri, 5/20/11, Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...> wrote:

          From: Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...>
          Subject: Re: [hreg] FW: SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants
          To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:21 PM

           

          Can anyone help me answer this question.

          A Solar Panel Installer had this question and it got directed to my company and since we are not installers, we don't have specialists to answer this question. So would anyone be kind enough to help me to answer this question.

          "The building has two different meters both are 1600amps so they are using ALOT of power!  I want to suggest a small solar system on the roof (8 or 9kw) with hopes of expanding later.  Ordinarily the meter would be taken out and switched to a net meter and a ATS switch would be installed right next to the MDP.  My question for is.... can we install the ATS switch on a sub panel.  The reason I ask is I would like to isolate a small section of the building (the offices) and provide enough power to run that section.  Perhaps even install a sub-meter so everyone could get the satisfaction of watching it spin backwards! "

          Thanks
          Regards
          Roy




        • Solarsyz LLC
          Philip, Thank you for your quick response and this definitely helps...ill put forward the question to him and lets see what he has to say.. Regards Roy
          Message 4 of 6 , May 20, 2011
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            Philip,

            Thank you for your quick response and this definitely helps...ill put forward the question to him and lets see what he has to say..

            Regards
            Roy
            SolarSyz | www.solarsyz.com

            On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM, Philip Timmons <philiptimmons@...> wrote:
             

            Sure, but this is a little different most Grid Tie systems -- with the ATS (automatic transfer switch -- usually used for back-up / generator systems) than the Grid-Tie rated inverter that is typically used.  Is he also putting in some sort of battery or generator system to operate when the grid is lost?

            The Grid Tie inverters monitor the incoming line voltage, and if it determines that line power is lost or acting out of a set of known good ranges, the inverter disconnects itself from the line, and then checks to see if the line power comes back on.  After the line power is restored, the inverter waits 5 minutes and makes sure the line is stable, and then reconnects.

            Looking at things from the PV Module side down to the line goes --> PV > DC lines > (combiner/fuses optional) DC Disconnect > Inverter > AC Disconnect (at inverter) > AC Knife Blade Lock-out Disconnect (for Utility Co. at service) > REC/PV Array Meter > AND then to a Circuit Breaker Panel, or feed from the Mains.  After the Main Service Disconnect is the Billing Meter.

            But no where in that is an ATS.  I guess ask him if this is meant to be a battery / back-up generator type system.

            As far as a "meter going backwards" -- Yes everyone's face lights up when they see that.  Used to be my favorite part of the job.  But those days are quickly passing with the Smart/Digital meters.  If the billing meter is now a digital, he will need to make sure the Utility/Co-op has approved the installation and provided a DRG (distributed renewable generation) meter (reads both ways) for the billing meter.  

            But he does not know any of this . . . . he may not even a basic installer, let alone a competent electrical contractor to work on and install such a system.  



            --- On Fri, 5/20/11, Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...> wrote:

            From: Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...>
            Subject: Re: [hreg] FW: SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants
            To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:21 PM


             

            Can anyone help me answer this question.

            A Solar Panel Installer had this question and it got directed to my company and since we are not installers, we don't have specialists to answer this question. So would anyone be kind enough to help me to answer this question.

            "The building has two different meters both are 1600amps so they are using ALOT of power!  I want to suggest a small solar system on the roof (8 or 9kw) with hopes of expanding later.  Ordinarily the meter would be taken out and switched to a net meter and a ATS switch would be installed right next to the MDP.  My question for is.... can we install the ATS switch on a sub panel.  The reason I ask is I would like to isolate a small section of the building (the offices) and provide enough power to run that section.  Perhaps even install a sub-meter so everyone could get the satisfaction of watching it spin backwards! "

            Thanks
            Regards
            Roy





          • Andrew McCalla
            I echo Philip’s concern about the capabilities and qualification of this “Solar Panel Installer”. -Andrew From: hreg@yahoogroups.com
            Message 5 of 6 , May 20, 2011
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              I echo Philip’s concern about the capabilities and qualification of this “Solar Panel Installer”.

               

              -Andrew

               

              From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Philip Timmons
              Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 1:53 PM
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: Re: [hreg] FW: SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants

               

               

              Sure, but this is a little different most Grid Tie systems -- with the ATS (automatic transfer switch -- usually used for back-up / generator systems) than the Grid-Tie rated inverter that is typically used.  Is he also putting in some sort of battery or generator system to operate when the grid is lost?

               

              The Grid Tie inverters monitor the incoming line voltage, and if it determines that line power is lost or acting out of a set of known good ranges, the inverter disconnects itself from the line, and then checks to see if the line power comes back on.  After the line power is restored, the inverter waits 5 minutes and makes sure the line is stable, and then reconnects.

               

              Looking at things from the PV Module side down to the line goes --> PV > DC lines > (combiner/fuses optional) DC Disconnect > Inverter > AC Disconnect (at inverter) > AC Knife Blade Lock-out Disconnect (for Utility Co. at service) > REC/PV Array Meter > AND then to a Circuit Breaker Panel, or feed from the Mains.  After the Main Service Disconnect is the Billing Meter.

               

              But no where in that is an ATS.  I guess ask him if this is meant to be a battery / back-up generator type system.

               

              As far as a "meter going backwards" -- Yes everyone's face lights up when they see that.  Used to be my favorite part of the job.  But those days are quickly passing with the Smart/Digital meters.  If the billing meter is now a digital, he will need to make sure the Utility/Co-op has approved the installation and provided a DRG (distributed renewable generation) meter (reads both ways) for the billing meter.  

               

              But he does not know any of this . . . . he may not even a basic installer, let alone a competent electrical contractor to work on and install such a system.  

               

               

               

              --- On Fri, 5/20/11, Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...> wrote:


              From: Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...>
              Subject: Re: [hreg] FW: SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:21 PM

               

              Can anyone help me answer this question.

              A Solar Panel Installer had this question and it got directed to my company and since we are not installers, we don't have specialists to answer this question. So would anyone be kind enough to help me to answer this question.

              "The building has two different meters both are 1600amps so they are using ALOT of power!  I want to suggest a small solar system on the roof (8 or 9kw) with hopes of expanding later.  Ordinarily the meter would be taken out and switched to a net meter and a ATS switch would be installed right next to the MDP.  My question for is.... can we install the ATS switch on a sub panel.  The reason I ask is I would like to isolate a small section of the building (the offices) and provide enough power to run that section.  Perhaps even install a sub-meter so everyone could get the satisfaction of watching it spin backwards! "

              Thanks
              Regards
              Roy

               

               

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            • Solarsyz LLC
              Andrew, After a couple of emails back and forth, i also have my doubts as to their capabilities as a solar panel installer. Regards Roy ... Andrew, After a
              Message 6 of 6 , May 20, 2011
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                Andrew,

                After a couple of emails back and forth, i also have my doubts as to their capabilities as a solar panel installer.

                Regards
                Roy

                On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 3:17 PM, Andrew McCalla <andrew@...> wrote:
                 

                I echo Philip’s concern about the capabilities and qualification of this “Solar Panel Installer”.

                 

                -Andrew

                 

                From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Philip Timmons
                Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 1:53 PM
                To: hreg@yahoogroups.com


                Subject: Re: [hreg] FW: SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants

                 

                 

                Sure, but this is a little different most Grid Tie systems -- with the ATS (automatic transfer switch -- usually used for back-up / generator systems) than the Grid-Tie rated inverter that is typically used.  Is he also putting in some sort of battery or generator system to operate when the grid is lost?

                 

                The Grid Tie inverters monitor the incoming line voltage, and if it determines that line power is lost or acting out of a set of known good ranges, the inverter disconnects itself from the line, and then checks to see if the line power comes back on.  After the line power is restored, the inverter waits 5 minutes and makes sure the line is stable, and then reconnects.

                 

                Looking at things from the PV Module side down to the line goes --> PV > DC lines > (combiner/fuses optional) DC Disconnect > Inverter > AC Disconnect (at inverter) > AC Knife Blade Lock-out Disconnect (for Utility Co. at service) > REC/PV Array Meter > AND then to a Circuit Breaker Panel, or feed from the Mains.  After the Main Service Disconnect is the Billing Meter.

                 

                But no where in that is an ATS.  I guess ask him if this is meant to be a battery / back-up generator type system.

                 

                As far as a "meter going backwards" -- Yes everyone's face lights up when they see that.  Used to be my favorite part of the job.  But those days are quickly passing with the Smart/Digital meters.  If the billing meter is now a digital, he will need to make sure the Utility/Co-op has approved the installation and provided a DRG (distributed renewable generation) meter (reads both ways) for the billing meter.  

                 

                But he does not know any of this . . . . he may not even a basic installer, let alone a competent electrical contractor to work on and install such a system.  

                 

                 

                 

                --- On Fri, 5/20/11, Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...> wrote:


                From: Solarsyz LLC <solarsyz@...>
                Subject: Re: [hreg] FW: SECO Funding: RFA Posted for Alternative Fuels Initiatives Grants
                To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:21 PM

                 

                Can anyone help me answer this question.

                A Solar Panel Installer had this question and it got directed to my company and since we are not installers, we don't have specialists to answer this question. So would anyone be kind enough to help me to answer this question.

                "The building has two different meters both are 1600amps so they are using ALOT of power!  I want to suggest a small solar system on the roof (8 or 9kw) with hopes of expanding later.  Ordinarily the meter would be taken out and switched to a net meter and a ATS switch would be installed right next to the MDP.  My question for is.... can we install the ATS switch on a sub panel.  The reason I ask is I would like to isolate a small section of the building (the offices) and provide enough power to run that section.  Perhaps even install a sub-meter so everyone could get the satisfaction of watching it spin backwards! "

                Thanks
                Regards
                Roy

                 

                 

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