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July – August 2013

Solar thermal technologies Technologies Added to Solar-Thermal
New uses approved for commercial & multifamily

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved the California Solar Initiative-Thermal Program Handbook, opening rebates for additional solar water heating technologies...

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PG&E to study islanding

PG&E & GE to Study Islanding
Unintentional power can be dangerous

Construction is under way at Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) Applied Technology Services facility in San Ramon on a project to potentially simplify interconnection requirements...

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Solar job fair Solar Job Fair a Big Hit
Job seekers, employers at Intersolar

GRID Alternatives and Pacific Gas & Electric teamed up on Wednesday, July 10, to host a solar job fair during Intersolar North America in San Francisco. The event, held at...

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CALSEIA appoints new exec. director

CALSEIA Appoints New Exec. Director
Del Chiaro tapped for industry leadership

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has selected environmental advocate Bernadette Del Chiaro as its new executive director. Previously, Del Chiaro was director...

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Homeowner interest remains high Homeowner Interest Remains High
Despite declining solar rebates, workshops are popular

During the past year, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) has endured many transitions, including reaching the program's final step changes and, subsequently, the dispersion of...

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PG&E Launches Online Portal
Interconnection applications go paperless

Beginning August 31, 2013, Pacific Gas & Electric's Electric Generation Interconnection Department will only accept online submissions for certain interconnection forms and reject any e-mail and hardcopy submissions. A new, online interconnection application portal is available for the following types of interconnection.

Form 79-974: Form 79-1145
  • Expanded NEM (>30 kW up to 1 MW)
  • Non-Solar or Non-Wind NEM
  • NEM Fuel Cell
  • NEM Multiple Tariff
  • Non-Export
  • Exporting systems

The forms are at the PG&E website, where you will also find additional information about these various programs.

PG&E is working toward converting all application forms to an online web portal and will announce them as soon as available. If you have any questions regarding these online applications, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Featured Photo & Solar Stories
This solar PV system installation included three arrays, two on the main house and one on a barn. The homeowners had purchased a Tesla and a Prius and needed to reduce their $800+ electric bill. Through net metering and SCE's TOU EV rate, their monthly electric bill is estimated to be under $150!

City: Rolling Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Capacity: 6.2 kW
Installer: Howe Custom Home Builders

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Tracking Cost ($/Watt) by Quarter Featured Statistic
This figure shows the trend of average completed system costs over the life of the California Solar Initiative. The current and previous quarter are omitted to mitigate effects due to small sample sizes.

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