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November – December 2013

Rule 21 changing the status quo in interconnection

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) presented the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) with the award for "State and Local Government Project of the Year" for the Electric Rule 21 interconnection tariff...

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Governor Brown

Governor Signs Bills Supporting Solar
2013 ends with legislation building solar marketplace

In fall 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three new pieces of legislation — AB 327, AB 217 and SB 43 — that continue California's leadership in solar power development and support the solar marketplace...

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Capture sun Rebates Back for San Diego Residents
Modification of general market PV program budgets

During the past several months, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) in San Diego successfully petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to modify the allocation of funds in the local CSI...

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Solar array

PG&E Closes Nonresidential PV Waitlist
Program incentivized 400 MW with $560 million in rebates

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will stop accepting new CSI general market nonresidential PV applications to their waitlist on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Further, PG&E does not guarantee that wait-listed nonresidential or residential...

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Solar Programs Solar Power Goes to High School
Programs help graduates enter the solar job market

While picking out classes for his senior year at Rancho Vista High School in Temecula, Calif., last year, Jeremiah Castaneda saw something new on the schedule — solar technology. He was intrigued and signed up for the green...

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Featured Solar Statistic
Total solar capcity installed over the life of the CSI Program

Featured statistic

Over the lifetime of the CSI Program, Californians have installed 1,624.9 MW of solar generating capacity. Considering an average solar panel life expectancy of twenty years, Californians will avoid emitting 38,979,239 tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to:
cars trees homes
Greenhouse gas emissions of 8,120,675
passenger vehicles

Carbon sequestered by
31,950,196 acres
of U.S. forests in one year

Offsetting the
electricity use of
5,363,131 homes
for one year


*Savings are not additive. Calculations are based on Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator at


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Featured Photo & Solar Stories
The concrete roof tile on this retrofit project in Rolling Hills were removed and replaced with a modified composition roof. The finished array was framed using the existing roof tiles. The remaining tiles were used to repair various areas of the existing roof. The homeowner now has a new roof under the array that will last as long as the panels.

City: Rolling Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Capacity: 6.12 kW
Installer: Howe Custom Home Builders

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