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Solar Neighbourhoods Contractor Update Meeting February 4, 2009. Toronto Atmospheric Fund Toronto Energy Efficiency Office Toronto Environment Office. 1. Update on Program 2. EcoEnergy Home Audit 3. Project Applications & Financing Option 4. SDHW Building Permits & Engineering Services
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Solar NeighbourhoodsContractor Update MeetingFebruary 4, 2009Toronto Atmospheric FundToronto Energy Efficiency OfficeToronto Environment Office 1. Update on Program2. EcoEnergy Home Audit3. Project Applications & Financing Option4. SDHW Building Permits & Engineering Services5. Marketing Opportunities for Solar Hot Water 6. Open DiscussionAgendaWhat’s been going on since September?Program UpdateSolar Neighbourhoods Program UpdateGeneral updateBarriers identified and addressed over the past 6 monthsMoving forwardI’ve got an interested customer, what do they need to do?-or-What’s this report the homeowner gave me?The ecoENERGY + Solar Home AuditSolar Neighbourhoods and the ecoENERGY programSolar Neighbourhoods has selected one NRCan licensed home energy assessment firm – Windfall – to be the program’s energy assessment firmEnergy Assessment Firm will undertake:1. Energy Assessment of Homes2. Solar & Hot Water Site Assessments3. Reporting on the success of project/program measures to reduce overall energy consumption from conventional energy sources in RiverdaleSolar & Hot Water Site AssessmentWindfall will provide a report to homeowner on:Viability of solar (is it a good site and are there any concerns, i.e. roof condition, shading)Estimate of hot water consumption (base case)To be used by contractor for the RETScreen modelingRecommendations on hot water energy reduction opportunitiesWater use reductions (i.e. low flow shower heads, lifestyle changes)Energy use reductions (i.e. thermostat setting, heat trap, water blanket)Contractor can use these recommendations to quote to the homeowner on the cost to supply/installEstimate of hot water consumption (energy efficiency case)To be used by contractor for the RETScreen modelingSolar Site Assessment & RetScreen
  • The last section of the solar audit report will list the following information for the Contractor to use in the RetScreen analysis, which must be submitted with the Program Application Form:
  • Ready to make a sale?Program Application & Incentive OptionsProgram Application FormThe Contractor fills out the Program Application Form with the homeowner and submits it to the TSNI Program Administrator Review of the Program Application FormThe form must be filled in in its entirety, and signed by both the homeowner and contractorUpon approval for TSNI funding, go ahead with building permit application and installationSolar Neighbourhoods IncentivesTwo Options to Homeowners:Financing
  • $500 rebate
  • +
  • No-interest financing on remainder of system cost
  • Rebate
  • $1,000 rebate
  • Paid directly to Contractor; $1,000 is deducted from the system cost
  • Solar Neighbourhoods Loan OptionFinancing Partner: EnWise Capital Corporation1) Credit Application
  • Required before signing Conditional Sales Contract
  • Enter applicant info, checked against valid IDs (get copies)
  • Enter Vendor Info (that’s you)
  • Enter system price (roughly) for loan amount approval
  • Customer’s signature required to run credit check
  • Call EnWise to run credit check, get instant approval and amount approved
  • Solar Neighbourhoods Loan Option2) Conditional Sales Agreement
  • Price information should match TSNI Program Application
  • Loan term: Customer chooses – up to 10 years (120 months) max
  • Payments = Loan amount / Loan term (months)
  • Deposit for system may be paid by homeowner, or by EnWise (up to 30%), BUT there will be a $50 admin fee if EnWise fronts the deposit
  • Customer signs front, initials loan terms on back
  • Attach void cheque to allow pre-authorized payments (mandatory)
  • Becoming an EnWise Authorized Dealer
  • Value-added service: use financing as a selling tool (beyond Riverdale)
  • Offer your customers financing for a range of home improvement projects
  • Authorized dealers will receive loan payments by courier within 2 business days
  • Overview of Dealer ApplicationContract signed, ready to install?Assistance In Getting Building Permit ApprovalBuilding Permit RequirementsSee Q & As handoutSee Building Code Requirements handoutTSNI Engineering Services SupportTSNI has contracted with an engineering consulting firm, Sustainable Edge, to provide assistance in preparing building permit submissionsTSNI will provide assistance to contractors to have 1 system obtain an engineer-approved set of drawings and appropriate documentation which is acceptable to Toronto Building.Contractors pays first $200, TSNI pays engineering costs up to $1,800Further costs would be charged by the consulting engineer directly to the contractorSubmission of the Product Participation Application is the first stepAn initial “consult” will be arranged with the contractor and the consulting engineer once the contractor is approved for participation to identify the support needsSolar Neighbourhoods Marketing ProgramWe’re here to help you market your products in ward 30!Give us your suggestionsPlanned Marketing Materials:Lawn signs, Door hangers, Brochures, “Solar Neighbourhoods Eligible” logoEventsWorkshops; contractor fair; energy “tupperware parties”; outreach to community groups, schools, etc.Solar Neighbourhoods Marketing ProgramCo-op AdvertisingSolar Neighbourhoods will financially support advertising by eligible suppliers. We will pay 50% of the costs of material development, placement and/or distribution to a maximum per supplier of $500.Guidelines:Material must refer to the Solar Neighbourhoods program or carry the Solar Neighbourhoods eligible markAdvertising must be primarily targeted to consumers in Ward 30.All materials must be produced and distributed by June 30, 2009.Expense receipts will be required for claiming co-op funds and must be presented by July 31, 2009.Marketing Events
  • Spring into Solar Show – March 28 (tentative)
  • Displays and workshops
  • Solar Wine and Cheese – mid March
  • by invite only (registered with program)
  • Displays and individual discussion with contractors
  • Solar Pool Seminar (April)
  • In North York – still in planning stage
  • Discussion on Marketing SupportWhat can we do to assist in making sales?EXTRA SLIDES (FOLLOWING) for Q&A or FUTURE MEETINGSWater Conservation Measures – An OpportunityIntegration of Solar & Energy Conservation InitiativesCity of Toronto has a limit of 8-year paybacks on all energy projectsYet we are installing a number of products (such as solar) that have 10-16 year paybacksTrick is to combine multiple initiatives into one projectThe impact of this is shown in the RETScreen modellingIt is recommended that the Solar Contractors combine hot water conservation and energy efficiency improvements into their solar quotationsThe RETScreen modelling in the energy efficiency case will give a much better payback than just solar aloneAlso opportunity to increase profit margins as many energy efficiency improvements are low cost and have high mark upsCity Staff are developing support initiatives to encourage contractors to assist in water conservation initiatives (example – water saving kits) – see next slideIntegration of Solar & Energy Conservation InitiativesWhat sort of support can we provide to encourage solar contractors to sell/install water conservation equipment?Bulk purchasesMarketing materialsProduct research & trainingDiscussion required?Project Payment ClaimsClaims for payment will be made by the contractor after completion of the Building Department’s InspectionPayment is made to the contractor and is used to reduce the homeowner’s system priceTSNI will have the option of delaying payment of project claims if the contract has outstanding project violations, until after the violations are resolved.Project InspectionsUpon completion of project and its commissioning there are 3 inspections:1. Building Permit InspectionContractor to arrange with Building DepartmentContractor will need to be on siteWill be the basis of which to submit project payment claim2. Solar Neighbourhoods InspectionEach contractor will have their first 3 systems inspected; spot checks thereafterContractor to arrange with TSNI Contractor will need to be on siteWill be done in conjunction with #1 (if possible)Done by the solar inspection delivery agency (TRCA)Will use CSA F383: Installation Code for Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems as the basisReview of Project Commissioning & Inspection Report form3. EcoENERGY “E” AuditHomeowner to arrangeSolar Contractor does not need to attendDone after all ecoENERGY initiatives are completeHave up to 18 months after initial home energy assessment has been doneRequired to obtain the federal and provincial rebatesMonitoring ProgramBasic MonitoringAll systems must have basic monitoring, incl:Pump run-time odometerThermometers on return line and solar tankAdvanced MonitoringMeters and Controls under developmentTSNI will install and remove after one year if not purchased by the homeownerBasic MonitoringBasic MeteringThe following is required on all SDHW systems:1. Pump run time meter (for all systems that use a pump to circulate heat transfer fluid through the solar collectors)The pump run time is to be in hours and shall not be resetable.This shall be used to compare operating hours with other systems installed in the program.2. Pipe thermometer on the solar return lineThis shall be a surface mount (with insulation) or probe type thermometer (digital or analog read out) to read the actual temperature of the heat transfer fluidThis shall be used to confirm operation of the system.3. Solar tank thermometerThis shall be a probe type thermometer (digital or analog read out) to read the actual temperature of the potable water in the solar storage tankIf the system is seasonal (i.e. tank is on the roof) then the thermometer must have a remote readout accessible in the living space of the homeowner.This shall be used to confirm operation of the system.The cost of this equipment shall be included in the system price offered to customers in the TSNI program.All solar contractors are encouraged to promote the use thermal energy (or heat) meters on the potable water line so that the homeowner has increased awareness of the savings achieved using the system.At the end of one year of operation the customer is required to complete a System Performance Report (see Appendix H) and submit to TSNI. Advanced MonitoringAt least three systems installed by each contractor will be advanced monitored. Systems will be selected for advanced monitoring based on location, site and customer profile and type of SDHW system to ensure data is collected from a diverse population of systems. Performance monitoring is required to fulfill a basic requirement of the Phase I of the TSNI: to ensure that the installed systems perform according to expectations and provide the estimated savings. The TSNI Program will cover the cost of the metering equipment for advanced monitoring. The contractor and customer will be notified in the approved Program Application Form if the system will be advanced monitored. The installation of the data acquisition hardware and sensors will be done by either an independent third party or TSNI program staff.Advanced monitoring will be carried out for one year. At the end of the monitoring period the customer will have the option to purchase the monitoring equipment or TSNI program staff will remove the equipment.
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