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City Solar Site

City of Kerrville solar system site

Jack Furman from North in 1-2019

John E. Sample solar system site

Mo Ranch from North in 1-2019636935461783477977

Mo-Ranch solar system site

KPUB Submits Final Application for DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge (Jan. 18, 2019)

KPUB has submitted its final application for the DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge.  We have three solar systems being developed as part of the challenge in partnership with the Mo-Ranch, Schreiner University, and the City of Kerrville.

The systems at the Mo-Ranch and the City Landfill have started producing energy.  The Schreiner University system is expected to be online this summer.

The systems provide benefits to:

1.     Low and Moderate Income customers through a new rate that was approved by the City Council in October,

2.     The hosting non-profits through solar offtake agreement which allow them to use a portion of the energy produced by these solar systems, and

3.     To all KPUB customers through reduced costs associated with summer peak energy demands.

Our video application can be viewed here: video application

Our final application can be viewed here: final application




Kerrville City Council Approves Community Solar LMI Rate (October 10, 2018)

At yesterday’s City Council meeting a new Community Solar Low- and Moderate-Income Household Tariff was approved.  KPUB has been working on several community solar projects which will ultimately benefit all of our customers:

·         Because the systems are installed on our distribution system, we will reduce market transmission costs associated with our peak summer loads to the benefit of all customers,

·         Several “non-profit” customers (Including the City of Kerrville) are hosting the systems, and in return for their help we are giving them the opportunity to serve a portion of their load with the energy generated from these systems at competitive fixed rates tied to the cost of the solar energy (this also benefits all customers, KPUB, and the City by preserving revenue that could otherwise be lost to third party solar installers), and

·         We are establishing a unique rate to serve low and moderate income customers with solar energy at fixed competitive rates tied to the cost of the solar energy, these customers otherwise do not normally have access to a roof or the means to gain access to solar energy.




KPUB to Host Solar Expo 2018 (September 15, 2018)

Solar Options from Locally Available Resources

Join us for this fun and informative community event and learn more about solar power options available to Hill country residents.  We welcome you to meet with local solar vendors and installers, discuss solar options with local power providers, and network with others interested in the future of local solar power!

·         September 26th

·         5-7:30PM

·         Schreiner University: CCAC, River Room



 

Kerrville City Council Approves Joint Lease Agreement with KPUB for Community Solar System (August 15, 2018)

At yesterday’s City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved a joint lease agreement with the Kerrville Public Utility Board and RES Americas to install two one-megawatt community solar systems at the City’s landfill site.  The system will provide discounted energy to the City and Low and Moderate Income customers while benefitting all KPUB customers by reducing peak energy costs.  Annual savings for the City are projected to be approximately $30,000 and annual lease revenue will be approximately $15,000.

RES Americas is the solar developer that KPUB has selected to develop several community solar systems throughout the KPUB service area.  RES was selected after a lengthy process which evaluated proposals from at least a dozen vendors and conducting site visits and interviews. 

The area where the system will be installed is not needed for landfill purposes for at least 35 years, so use of the site for the solar system makes sense as it would be otherwise unused.



 

Kerrville Area Solar Partners Selected to Participate in Nationwide Solar Competition (March 14, 2017)

Today, Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) announced its selection by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge to participate in a $5 million prize competition aimed to expand solar electricity access. The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption.

“We are honored that our team, Kerrville Area Solar Partners, has been chosen to join the Solar in Your Community Challenge,” said Mike Wittler, General Manager & CEO of KPUB. “Our approach is definitely unique—we are not aware of any project, or program, produced by an electric utility to partner with non-profit solar site hosts and low income property managers to develop a solar project which would benefit all participating as well as their community at large.

We look forward to working with our team and partner participants, as well as others in the community to develop the best plan to promote and expand solar access in our service area. This project furthers, and is in keeping with, KPUB’s mission to be a provider of reliable, high-quality utility services at the lowest reasonable price.”

Kerrville Area Solar Partners will join dozens of other teams from around the country in their pursuit of solar projects and programs that expand solar access to low and moderate income households and non-profit organizations. During this challenge, KPUB will be awarded up to $60,000 in cash and $10,000 in technical assistance towards meeting their goals. As a team completes its milestones throughout the 18-month performance period, it will receive a portion of its total potential seed award. All teams will compete for $1 million in final prizes to be awarded by judges based on each project or program’s innovation, impact, and the ability to replicate the model into communities across the nation.

Currently, KPUB is seeking non-profit partners that want to join in this endeavor by hosting a large ground mounted solar system ideally 2-10 acres in size. The system will serve the hosting non-profit, and low and moderate income and will also help to reduce summertime peak demands and associated costs, thereby benefitting all in the KPUB service area.




KPUB Seeking Sites for Community Solar Projects (March 9, 2017) 

KPUB is seeking 2-10 acre plots of land to either lease or purchase for solar development. Lessors with Commercial Service from KPUB may be eligible to receive some offtake from the project. The sites must meet the following requirements:

·         Located within KPUB’s service territory (or partially in the service territory).

·         Grade should be less than 10% 

·         Minimal shading or obstruction on the property

·         In close proximity to a distribution line or minimal obstacles to obtaining right of way

·         Well maintained access to property

·         Not a part of a flood zone or wetland

·         Site can be secured

·         Lease terms are expected to be 25 years with a 10 year extension option

 

KPUB may make other considerations before selecting the final property or properties beyond those listed here. Interested participants must submit an information form relating to the site(s) to KPUB by March 31, 2017 to be guaranteed consideration.

 

Questions should be emailed to KPUB at CommunitySolar@kpub.com by Monday, March 27, 2017.  Answers to questions submitted will be posted on this webpage.

 

KPUB Land Provider information form/questionnaire

 

KPUB Service Area Map

 

 


 

Kerrville Area Solar Partners Submits Application to Department of Energy Solar in Your Community Challenge (January 6, 2017)

KPUB is leading a team that submitted an application for the Department of Energy’s Solar in Your Community Challenge (SIYCC) today.  Through a novel approach partnering with local non-profits, KPUB proposes to utilize various sites throughout its service territory to build one or more community solar projects.  Distributing the output from these solar arrays to the non-profits and to the Low and Moderate Income households is in keeping with KPUB’S mission to be a “provider of reliable, high-quality utility services at the lowest reasonable price” to 22,500 customers in Kerrville, TX and the surrounding communities. By allowing LMI and community non-profits to pursue solar through a virtual net metering program, KPUB’s team can support their community and their customers by helping them reduce their monthly electric bills while promoting green energy in, and around, Kerrville, TX.

Link to SIYCC Application Video: video application

Link to SIYCC Application: application

 


 

KPUB Seeking Sites to Develop Community Solar Systems

KPUB is seeking 2-10 acre plots of land to either lease or purchase for solar development. Lessors with Commercial Service from KPUB may be eligible to receive some offtake from the project. The sites must meet the following requirements:

    • Located within KPUB’s service territory (or partially in the service territory).
    • Grade should be less than 10% 
    • Minimal shading or obstruction on the property
    • In close proximity to a distribution line or minimal obstacles to obtaining right of way
    • Well maintained access to property
    • Not a part of a flood zone or wetland
    • Site can be secured
    • Lease terms are expected to be 25 years with a 10 year extension option

 

KPUB may make other considerations before selecting the final property or properties beyond those listed here. Interested participants must submit an information form relating to the site(s) to KPUB by March 31, 2017 to be guaranteed consideration.

Questions should be emailed to KPUB at CommunitySolar@kpub.com by Monday, March 27, 2017.  Answers to questions submitted will be posted on this webpage.

KPUB Land Provider information form/questionnaire

KPUB Service Area Map