Response to DC SUN Regarding Solar Program

My previous post included the questions that DC SUN asked Department of Environment Director Christophe Tulou.  Below is the reply.   My next post will have the text of the DDOE proposal to reduce the solar rebate formula.

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Hi Mike —

Thanks for your messages/questions on the REIP.

The recent post on the DDOE website is a communication to those constituents who have already applied or are interested in applying to the Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP).   As stated in the update, due to the gap closing plan, the REIP is no longer accepting new prequalification applications until additional funding is available in FY 2012.

With regard to the 51 applicants who were prequalified and are now experiencing a delay in approval, you will not find them on the waitlist published on the website.  We have communicated informed them directly of both their status and our interest in supporting their projects at the current tier levels.  We are working closely with the Mayor’s Office and Council staff to determine whether and how funding can be made available to this group of 51 as expeditiously as possible. This is an involved process with many moving parts and decision-makers, so I am unable to specify a target date at this time. We certainly understand the applicants’ and your interest in a quick decision on that funding.  Whatever happens, we will provide an update on the DDOE website and let the affected folks know directly.

Pending Congressional review of the law (projected to be completed by April 1, 2011), DDOE will have the authority to establish guidelines for the REIP and will issue guidance on the new tier levels.  DDOE is currently performing its own analysis of new tier options, and will publish the proposed new levels in the DC Register by February 25, 2011.  Following posting in the DC Register, there will be a 30-day comment period and DDOE will host a public meeting on the proposed tiers on March 16, 2011 at 1200 First St. NE.   Information regarding the upcoming discussion will be made public on our website, and we look forward to your participation in this process.

Sincerely,

Christophe

Christophe A. G. Tulou
Director
District Department of the Environment