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May – June 2013

Governor Brown Lauds Low-income Solar Program Gov. Brown Lauds Low-income Solar Program
Sees SASH Program at work in Long Beach

In a nod to the success of California's Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program, Governor Jerry Brown visited Long Beach on Friday, May 17, where...

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CSI RD&D Seeks Public Comments
Opinions sought on grid integration solicitation

Comments on a draft grant solicitation that will make up to $7 million available for research projects that support solar grid integration are being sought by CSI's Research...

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HOA allows solar HOA Allows 1st SASH Installation on Shared Roof
Sets the stage for additional PV on affordable housing

For the first time in California a homeowners association (HOA) for an affordable housing development has allowed a solar system installation on a shared roof as part of...

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Solar financing report Reports Outline Financing Opportunities for Solar
Part of nationwide SunShot Initiative to reduce costs

Two new resource guides outlining various financial options for Californians to get clean energy systems for their homes and businesses are now available from the California Center...

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San Rafael Leads Solar Purchasing Project
Bundling systems provides 10-12% cost savings

The City of San Rafael is leading a regional program to demonstrate the cost benefits of group purchasing of solar PV systems for municipal agencies. Under a project...

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PG&E Program Updates PG&E CSI GM and Thermal Program Updates
Waitlists in place for solar PV and select thermal systems

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has announced a number of updates in their CSI general market PV program as well as the electric/propane component of their CSI-Thermal...

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NSHP Plans Guidebook Revisions
Feedback from stakeholders sought this summer

This summer, the California Energy Commission plans to hold a stakeholders workshop about proposed revisions to the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) Guidebook aimed at improving program processes.

Items expected to be addressed include program streamlining and energy efficiency requirements. This feedback from stakeholders is important and will help shape the NSHP Guidebook. After the new guidebook is adopted, training seminars will be held in various regions. Further information will be posted to the Go Solar, California! calendar and the Energy Commission's Upcoming Events calendar.

PG&E Adjusts PBI Over Production Factor
Systems perform better than estimated

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) recently adjusted their overproduction factor (OPF) for performance-based incentive (PBI) solar projects from 6% to 8% to ensure that enough funding is set aside to account for higher than expected performance.

According to PG&E, PBI project systems generally perform better than estimated by the EPBB Calculator for two reasons:

  1. The equipment is more productive than the EPBB calculator assumed
  2. Meteorological conditions deviate from the typical conditions assumed in the EPBB calculation

It is difficult to know what the source of the over performance is, however, according to the CSI 2010 Impact Evaluation Report, PBI systems across all service territories perform better than the EPBB expected performance by 8% on average even though 2009 and 2010 did not appear to be particularly good years for solar.

PG&E MASH Update
Program applications now going on waitlist

The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is currently accepting applications onto a waitlist. The program has funding for incentives; however, the budget is predicted to be exhausted soon. Projects are placed on the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis, but are not guaranteed an incentive. Once review has begun, applicants will receive an e-mail that their application has been moved from the waitlist to Reservation Request Review and a separate e-mail with an Application Fee Invoice stating that the applicant has 30 days from the review date to send in the application fee. Once PG&E completes reserving the remaining incentive budget with applications from the waitlist, we will notify all other waitlisted participants that incentive funds are unavailable. To track the MASH incentive budget, visit the MASH Budget Report on the California Solar Statistics website.

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Tracking Program Administrator Progress toward CSI General Market Program Goals Featured Statistic
The CSI General Market Program has set a goal of installing 1,750 megawatts (MW) by 2016, with each Program Administrator allocated a certain percentage of this MW goal. The figure above shows each Program Administrator's progress towards its individual goal. MASH and SASH Program data are not included in this figure.

Last updated 5.22.13
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First SunPower ACPV system installed in Southern California.

City: Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Capacity: 3.15 kW
Installer: Howe Custom Home Builders

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