Requires the Long Island power authority to conform to safety standards regarding manual lockable disconnect switches for solar electric generating equipment.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to external disconnect switches on solar electric generating equipment
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To eliminate any requirement that solar electric generating equipment of less than 25 kilowatts have an external disconnect switch.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Under no circumstances shall such standards require the use of such a manual lockable disconnect switch on residential solar electric equipment of not more than twenty-five kilo watts, when such equipment is in compliance with Underwriters Laboratories interconnection standard 1747. The authority shall comply with the provisions of section sixty-six-j of the public service law.
JUSTIFICATION: In February 2009, the state's Public Service Commission issued a ruling requiring that all utility companies eliminate the requirement for the external disconnect switch used in solar installations sized 25kW and smaller.
Since that ruling, all the state's utility companies have complied however the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a state owned utility company, has not.
All solar energy converting equipment currently sold on the market today, are required to meet the rigid standards of IEEE 1547 and UL 1741 anti Islanding provisions, preventing "grid connected" inverter equipment from back feeding power to the grid when there is a utility power failure.
Requiring a redundant manual disconnect switch only adds to the cost of an already expensive solar installation between $700 and $1400 to the customer.
This amendment changes the current law to reflect the February PSC decision.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.7712, Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4548 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 12, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to external disconnect switches on solar electric generating equipment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1020-cc of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 517 of the laws of 1986 and as renumbered by chapter 334 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows: S 1020-cc. Authority subject to certain provisions contained in the state finance law, the public service law, the social services law and the general municipal law. All contracts of the authority shall be subject to the provisions of the state finance law relating to contracts made by the state. The authority shall also establish rules and regu- lations with respect to providing to its residential gas, electric and steam utility customers those rights and protections provided in article two and sections one hundred seventeen and one hundred eighteen of the public service law and section one hundred thirty-one-s of the social services law. THE AUTHORITY SHALL CONFORM TO ANY SAFETY STANDARDS REGARDING MANUAL LOCKABLE DISCONNECT SWITCHES FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC GENER- ATING EQUIPMENT ESTABLISHED BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION FIVE AND SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION FIVE-A OF SECTION SIXTY-SIX-J OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE LAW. The authority shall let contracts for construction or purchase of supplies, materials, or equipment pursuant to section one hundred three and paragraph (e) of subdivision four of section one hundred twenty-w of the general municipal law. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08771-03-1