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September – October 2013

CSI RD&D CSI RD&D Small Grant Solicitation
Special Notice: Project proposals due Oct. 10


The California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RD&D) Program wants to remind the solar community that the current round of grant proposals is due Oct. 10, 2013...

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CSI-Thermal Pool Heating

CSI-Thermal Adds Pool Heating
Rebates extended to select swimming pools


Owners and operators of community and other types of public swimming pools will be able to take advantage of rebates for installing solar pool heaters under a new portion of the California Solar Initiative-Thermal Program...

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Paiute Reservation Solar Energizes Paiute Reservation
Project brings cost savings & job skills


In July, GRID Alternatives, administrators of the CSI Single-family Affordable Solar Housing program, kicked off the first solar demonstration project in partnership with the Bishop Paiute Tribe on their reservation at the foot of...

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Solar Decathalon

Solar Decathlon Comes to California
Edison major partner of collegiate competition


The Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon that challenges collegiate teams across the nation and around the world to design, build and operate innovative solar-powered houses is making its California debut in Irvine...

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Solar Permitting Solar Permitting Made Simple
Database gains momentum with solar industry


After one year online, the National Solar Permitting Database, a free source of information related to solar permitting requirements of cities and counties across the country, is proving to be popular among installers...

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Proposal for Post-CSI Data Collection
CPUC looks to continue important program role


As CSI rebate amounts further decline, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expects an increasing number of customer-sited solar systems to forego the reduced incentives entirely and not submit applications. While this is a strong sign that the solar market in California has matured, it raises concerns about data collection and public reporting.

To ensure the completeness of invaluable public data records, the CPUC recently issued a proposal to continue solar data collection through the individual utilities' net energy metering interconnection process. The proposal is part of ongoing policy discussions among interested parties, CPUC staff and commissioners. A final decision is expected before the end of 2013.

Since 2007, the CSI application process has been an important step in gathering data about solar installations in the state through the California Solar Statistics website. For more information about the collection of CSI data, visit the FAQ page.

SAVE Calculator Adding up Hits
CEC solar estimator proves popular


During the past two years, the California Energy Commission's Solar Advantage Value Estimator (SAVE) has logged more than 30,000 web page hits, 5,500 completed calculations and a WebEx training participation rate of about 8-10 participants per demonstration.

The SAVE calculator, accessible on the tools section of the Go Solar California! website, was developed in response to the real estate industry's need to determine the added property value of residential and commercial properties with a solar PV system less than 30 kilowatts in size.

Outreach efforts through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail blasts and the Go Solar California! website are used by the Energy Commission to attract interest in SAVE targeted at realtors and appraisers as well as other users from builders, developers, solar retailers and energy consultants to mortgage companies and the public. Though SAVE uses California's electric utility rates and solar climate zones, users can also input a custom utility rate for a general estimate.

Featured Solar Statistic
Applications by Sector

Featured statistic

This graph shows the distribution of participation and capacity (MW) among Program Administrator territories and Host Customer sectors for the CSI General Market Program. MASH and SASH Program data are not included in this table.

 

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