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Record No: CB 119516    Version: Council Bill No: CB 119516
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/3/2019
Ordinance No: Ord 125903
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; authorizing a large solar program for customers with solar photovoltaic systems sized larger than 100 kilowatts and not greater than two megawatts; and adding a new Section 21.49.083 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Teresa Mosqueda
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Att 1 – Commercial Solar Program Pilot – Pricing Overview, 3. Summary Att 2 – National Trends in Net Electric Metering and Distribution Generation Valuation Methods, 4. Proposed Substitute, 5. Proposed Substitute vD6 (added; 9/4/19), 6. Presentation, 7. Council Central Staff Memo, 8. Commercial Solar Program Pilot Pricing Overview, 9. Proposed Substitute (presented 8/15/19; added 8/30/19)
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; authorizing a large solar program for customers with solar photovoltaic systems sized larger than 100 kilowatts and not greater than two megawatts; and adding a new Section 21.49.083 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, solar technology is decreasing in cost, leading to growing customer interest in installing large solar arrays on commercial facilities; and
WHEREAS, solar energy is an integral piece of Seattle's Climate Action Plan, including the Living Building and 2030 Challenge Pilots; and
WHEREAS, customers with large solar photovoltaic (PV) systems do not qualify for net metering per SMC 21.49.082 and RCW 80.60.020; and
WHEREAS, the City Light Department of The City of Seattle (City Light) would like to offer a policy path to customers wishing to install large PV arrays; and
WHEREAS, similar to its approach to energy efficiency programs, City Light seeks to encourage customers to install PV systems sized to offset their building's own use, thereby minimizing financial impacts for other customers; and
WHEREAS, City Light seeks to compensate customers exporting electricity to the grid at a fair value based on the aggregate benefits this electricity provides to all customers; and
WHEREAS, City Light has general authority to enter into agreements for the acquisition of energy NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. A new Section 21.49.083 is added to the Seattle Municipal Code as follows:
21.49.083 Large Solar Program
A. The Large Solar Program shall be open to customers operating solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays sized larger than one hundred kilowatts and not greater than two megawatts, measured as alternating current (AC). To be eligible for the program, a PV array must be connected to a customer premises located within the Department's service territory and be equipped wi...

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