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Mar. – Apr. 2013

Solar Install CPUC Broadens CSI-Thermal Program
Incentives soon available for additional technologies

In February, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expanded the California Solar Initiative Thermal Program to provide incentives for additional technologies...

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Solar Install Couple Your Solar with AES
Incentives available for advanced energy storage

Did you know that CSI solar customers are eligible for incentives for advanced energy storage (AES) coupled with their existing PV system through the Self-Generation...

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sunshot PG&E Residential PV Nears End of Step 10
Program still accepting applications for funding

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has received enough applications in its CSI residential program to reach the end of the Step 10 megawatt (MW) target...

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San Diego Residential Finishes Step 10
PV and some solar thermal put on wait list for funding

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), administrators of the San Diego program, announced all newly filed applications will be placed onto a wait list...

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reserach and development NSHP Nears Level Change
Good time to apply before rebates decline

The New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) has received reservation applications fulfilling the current megawatt targets for Level 4 of the market rate housing...

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SASH From Volunteer to Jobholder
SASH program creates employment opportunities

When Jeff Robinett moved back home to the Bay Area from Alabama, he needed a job. He got temporary work as a construction recruiter, but with the economy still...

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SAVE High Penetration Solar Forum
CPUC–DOE workshop on large-scale integration

In February, some 170 solar energy researchers, experts, utility officials and government leaders gathered at the University of California, San Diego to discuss the latest...

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PG&E's MASH Program Update
Some $4 million still available for PV installations

The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is actively accepting applications and has approximately $4 million to be distributed through incentives. Currently, all applications are initially receiving wait list status; however, each application will be reviewed within days of receipt.

Once review has begun, applicants will receive an email that their application has been moved to reservation request review and a separate email with an application fee invoice stating that the applicant has 30 days to send in the fee. Rebates will continue to be distributed until funds are exhausted. To track the available MASH incentive budget, view the MASH Budget Report available on the California Solar Statistics website.

PG&E Celebrates Major Milestone
School district honored as 75,000th solar customer

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has interconnected more than 80,000 customer-owned solar PV systems to the power grid, representing more than 800 megawatts (MW) of electricity—more than any other utility in the nation. In fact, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has ranked PG&E the top utility in the U.S. for additions of solar power for the past four consecutive years.

PG&E recently recognized the Martinez Junior High School as its 75,000th solar installation. The Martinez Unified School District has completed nine solar PV projects at various schools and has received more than $1 million in incentives from California Solar Initiative program. Congressman Mike Thompson was on hand at the ceremony where Steve Malnight, PG&E's VP of customer energy solutions, presented District Superintendent Rami Muth an honorary check and plaque to commemorate the milestone.

Featured Solar Statistic
Top 20 locales in the CSI Program in terms of capacity (MW) 2012 Solar Capacity
The figure above displays the top twenty locales in the CSI Program in terms of installed solar capacity (MW). Top twenty rankings can be filtered by County, City or Zip Code at California Solar Statistics and also be further refined to display data by Program Administrator, application status and host customer sector.

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Featured Photo & Solar Stories
In March 2009 SilRay was awarded a contract to design, finance, build and maintain a 1-MW solar array at the U.S. Coast Guard training facility in Petaluma, CA. The facility is part of the Coast Guard's continuing efforts to green their operations under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and represents the first power purchase agreement in Coast Guard history.

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City: Petaluma, CA
Capacity: 1,000 kW
Installer: SilRay, Inc.

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