Dear Valuable Consumer
Thank you for signing this group letter to the Imperial Irrigation District regarding your recently installed solar energy system. This letter is specifically for those consumers who have not been able to get their rooftop solar energy system interconnected by IID. As a statewide industry association, I can assure you this situation with IID is very unusual and we are doing everything we can to work with your contractor and with the IID to get your system turned on. We appreciate your joining us in communicating directly to IID on this extremely important matter. Please know that your address and email will not be used or shared with any organization. We are collecting that information solely for the purpose of signing this letter and sending you a final copy of the letter once all signatures are collected. We appreciate your cooperation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach back out to your contractor or to me directly. My phone is 916-228-4566 and my email is Bernadette@CALSEIA.org.
Bernadette Del Chiaro
California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA)
Letter to be sent to IID on your behalf:
Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors
333 E. Barioni Blvd
P.O. Box 937
Imperial, CA 92251
Dear Members of the IID Board:
As your customers, we are writing to express our collective grievance and incredulity over the handling of our interconnection applications for the solar energy systems installed on our properties. We are writing to ask for your immediate attention to this matter.
For over two months, we have been patient; waiting for clarity on the status of our pending interconnection requests thrown into limbo in February with the sudden and unanticipated announcement that IID would no longer be accepting any Net Energy Metering (NEM) applications. We are shocked to learn that applications submitted prior to that time may not to be honored and that there was such a lack of transparency and public notification of the situation. Further, we do not understand the decision process of the May 11th Board meeting that rejected a staff proposal to allow the vast majority of our rooftop solar systems to interconnect under the previous NEM tariff.
As you know, without the ability to interconnect to the electric grid, our solar energy systems are not able to “turn on.” This means that our solar energy systems are not able to generate pollution-free electricity during the summer months, when electricity is most needed throughout the desert region. We made investments in solar energy as a way to save money and achieve greater economic stability for our families. The apparent lack of action by IID is causing us financial harm and hardship that is of great concern.
It is also upsetting that IID has had a policy of requiring consumers to apply for a rebate before applying for interconnection. Because the rebate application has taken months to process, many of us fell into this state of limbo as a direct result of that delay. It also potentially means that, ironically, many of us are ineligible for full Net Energy Metering. Without Net Energy Metering, the rebate is virtually useless.
It is our request that all customer-sited rooftop solar energy systems be immediately interconnected to the grid under the NEM tariff that existed when the interconnection or rebate application was submitted to IID. We respectfully request that the board go one step further and reevaluate IID’s commitment to clean energy, customer service and customer-sited rooftop solar energy via continuing to offer its full Net Energy Metering program until IID has hit its 5% cap, defined by using the same methodology that Southern California Edison, or when you have a successor tariff in place. We, IID customers, should not be at a disadvantage compared to our neighbors.
We invested our time and money in solar energy because we believe in taking personal action and responsibility to invest in a clean, reliable and locally abundant energy resource. We strongly believe that we, as your customers, should have the right to go solar and that IID should not hinder that right but rather be a partner in developing a viable rooftop solar option for your customers. Rooftop solar power benefits the economy, the environment, all ratepayers and the utility.
We respectfully ask you to direct your staff to allow our solar energy systems to interconnect under your previous NEM tariff immediately, and to please reevaluate your commitment to rooftop solar energy.