Bill Text: AZ SB1465 | 2015 | Fifty-second Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced

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Bill Title: Distributed energy generation systems; disclosure

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 22-3)

Status: (Passed) 2015-03-30 - Chapter 90 [SB1465 Detail]

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REFERENCE TITLE: distributed energy generation systems; disclosure

 

 

 

State of Arizona

Senate

Fifty-second Legislature

First Regular Session

2015

 

 

SB 1465

 

Introduced by

Senators Lesko, Burges, Griffin, Kavanagh, Pancrazi; Representatives Allen J, Mitchell: Senators Allen, Begay, Biggs, Bradley, Farnsworth D, Meza, Pierce; Representatives Barton, Campbell, Carter, Fann, Gray, Leach, Livingston, Petersen, Pratt, Rivero, Thorpe

 

 

AN ACT

 

amending section 44-1761, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending title 44, chapter 11, article 11, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 44-1763; relating to solar energy devices.

 

 

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 44-1761, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE44-1761.  Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.  "Collector" means a component of a solar energy device that is used to absorb solar radiation, convert it to heat or electricity and transfer the heat to a heat transfer fluid or to storage.

2.  "Distributed energy generation system":

(a)  Means a device or system that is used to generate or store electricity, that has a capacity, singly or in connection with other similar devices or systems, greater than one kilowatt that is primarily for on-site consumption.

(b)  Does not include an electric generator that is intended for occasional use.

2.  3.  "Heat exchanger" means a component of a solar energy device that is used to transfer heat from one fluid to another.

4.  "Seller or marketer" means an individual or a company acting through its officers, employees or agents that markets, sells or solicits the sale, financing or lease of distributed energy generation systems or negotiates or enters into agreements for the sale, financing or lease of distributed energy generation systems.

3.  5.  "Solar daylighting" means a device that is specifically designed to capture and redirect the visible portion of the solar beam spectrum, while controlling the infrared portion, for use in illuminating interior building spaces in lieu of artificial lighting.

4.  6.  "Solar energy device" means a system or series of mechanisms that is designed primarily to provide heating, to provide cooling, to produce electrical power, to produce mechanical power, to provide solar daylighting or to provide any combination of the foregoing by means of collecting and transferring solar generated energy into such uses either by active or passive means.  Such systems may also have the capability of storing such energy for future utilization.  Passive systems shall clearly be designed as a solar energy device such as a trombe wall and not merely a part of a normal structure such as a window.

5.  7.  "Storage unit" means a component of a solar energy device that is used to store solar generated electricity or heat for later use. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Title 44, chapter 11, article 11, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 44-1763, to read:

START_STATUTE44-1763.  Distributed energy generation system agreements; disclosures; records

A.  An agreement governing the financing, sale or lease of a distributed energy generation system to any person, including a political subdivision of this state other than a public power entity, as defined in section 30-801, or a public service corporation, as defined in article XV, section 2, Constitution of Arizona, must:

1.  Be dated and signed by the person buying, financing or leasing the distributed energy generation system.  Any agreement that contains blank spaces when signed by the buyer or lessee is voidable at the option of the buyer or lessee until the distributed energy generation system is installed.

2.  Be in at least ten-point type.

3.  Include a provision granting the buyer or lessee the right to rescind the financing, sale or lease agreement for a period of not less than five business days after the agreement is signed by the buyer or lessee and before the distributed energy generation system is installed.

4.  Contain the name, mailing address and telephone number of the manufacturer, seller or marketer, installer, owner and person responsible for maintaining and warranting the distributed energy generation system.  The agreement must also disclose whether or not the persons responsible for installing, maintaining and warranting the distributed energy generation system are certified by the North American board of certified energy practitioners.

5.  Identify the type of distributed energy generation system being sold or leased.

6.  Identify all of the distributed energy generation system components being sold or leased, including serial or manufacturer numbers, if any.

7.  Separately set forth the following items, if applicable:

(a)  The total purchase price or total cost to the buyer or lessee for the distributed energy generation system over the life of the agreement, if the distributed energy generation system purchase or lease is being financed.

(b)  Any interest, installation fees, document preparation fees, service fees or other costs to be paid by the buyer or lessee of the distributed energy generation system.

(c)  If the distributed energy generation system is being financed or leased, the total number of payments, the payment frequency, the amount of the payment expressed in dollars and the payment due date.

8.  Identify all current tax incentives and tax subsidies that the sale, financing or lease agreement assumes, implies or states will or could be used by the buyer or lessee to reduce or offset, in any manner, the total purchase price or total cost to the buyer or lessee, including:

(a)  The date any tax incentives or tax subsidies are scheduled to terminate.

(b)  Any conditions or requirements necessary to obtain the tax incentives or tax subsidies.

9.  Identify the potential tax obligations that the buyer or lessee must or may be required to pay as a result of buying, financing or leasing the distributed energy generation system, including:

(a)  Property tax assessments associated with the distributed energy generation system, the assessed value of the distributed energy generation system and its components and any depreciation schedules.

(b)  Any transaction privilege taxes that may be assessed against the person buying or leasing the distributed energy generation system.

(c)  Any obligation of the buyer or lessee to transfer tax credits or tax subsidies of the distributed energy generation system to any other person.

10.  Disclose whether the warranty or maintenance obligations of the owner, seller or manufacturer of the distributed energy generation system may be sold or transferred to a third party.

11.  Disclose any restrictions or other impact that the agreement may have on the lessee's or buyer's ability to modify or transfer ownership of a distributed energy generation system, including whether any modification or transfer is subject to review or approval by a third party.  If the modification or transfer of the distributed energy generation system is subject to review or approval by a third party, the agreement must identify all requirements or conditions for approval, including credit requirements and the name, address and telephone number of the person responsible for approving the modification or transfer.

12.  Disclose any restrictions or other impact that the agreement may have on the lessee's or buyer's ability to modify or transfer ownership of the real property to which the distributed energy generation system is installed or affixed, including whether any modification or transfer is subject to review or approval by a third party.  If the modification or transfer of the real property to which the distributed energy generation system is affixed or installed is subject to review or approval by a third party, the agreement must identify all requirements or conditions for approval, including credit requirements and the name, address and telephone number of the person responsible for approving the modification or transfer.

13.  Provide a full and accurate summary of the total costs for maintaining and operating the distributed energy generation system over the life of the distributed energy generation system, including financing, maintenance and construction costs related to the distributed energy generation system.  If the agreement contains an estimate of the buyer's or lessee's estimated utility charges after the installation of a distributed energy generation system, the agreement must also Contain a full and accurate estimate of the buyer's or lessee's estimated utility charges during the same period as impacted by potential utility rate changes ranging from a five percent annual decrease to a five percent annual increase from current utility costs.  The comparative estimates must be calculated based on the same utility rates.

14.  Include a disclosure, the receipt of which shall be separately acknowledged by the buyer or lessee, that states:

Utility rates and utility rate structures are subject to change. These changes cannot be accurately predicted.  Projected savings from your distributed energy generation system are therefore subject to change.  Tax incentives and tax subsidies are subject to change or termination by executive, legislative or regulatory action.

15.  Include a signed declaration by the seller or marketer of the distributed energy generation system that is in substantially the following form:

Under penalty of perjury, I declare that I have examined this agreement and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information contained in the agreement is true, correct and complete.

B.  Before the maintenance or warranty obligations of a distributed energy generation system under an existing lease, financing or purchase agreement is transferred, the person who is currently obligated to maintain or warrant the distributed energy generation system must disclose whether the third party to whom the maintenance or warranty obligations are being transferred is certified by the north American board of certified energy practitioners and provide the buyer or lessee with the name, address and telephone number of the person who will be assuming the maintenance or warranty of the distributed energy generation system.

C.  If a seller or marketer represents to a buyer or seller of a distributed energy generation system that the distributed energy generation system is entitled to a tax credit under internal revenue code section 25D, the seller or marketer must maintain all records establishing the buyer's or lessee's entitlement to the tax credit for a period of seven years following the effective date of the lease, finance or purchase agreement.  On request of the internal revenue service or the buyer or lessee, the seller or marketer must make these records available to the internal revenue service for inspection and copying.  If the seller or marketer ceases doing business, the seller or marketer must provide originals or copies of all records required to be maintained under this subsection to the buyer or lessee of the distributed energy generation system. END_STATUTE

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