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January – March 2014

MASH MASH Program Closing Waitlist
PAs await decisions on implementation of AB 217


The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program across all three Program Administrator (PA) territories – Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric and California Center for Sustainable Energy – will close its waitlists to ...

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San Diego Res. PV Rebates End
CSI supported solar sales exceeding $633 million


California Solar Initiative rebates for home solar photovoltaic systems are ending in the San Diego region after reserving some $54 million in support of more than 17,000 residential installations since the program's...

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Grid-Interactive PV & Storage
SolarCity and Tesla Motors combine battery efforts


Solar provider SolarCity teamed up with electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors and the University of California, Berkeley to research and deploy advanced grid-interactive distributed photovoltaic (PV) and storage for California...

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CPUC Approves Six RD&D Grants
Integrating solar energy into the electricity grid


The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved six grants in February totaling up to $6 million in funding for the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Research, Development, Deployment and Demonstration (RD&D)...

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Solar Programs NREL Home Tool Now Available
Building Energy Optimizer for existing homes


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) received funding from CSI's Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Program (RD&D) for further development of their software tool, BEopt (Building Energy Optimizer) for...

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Solar Programs Solar Spring Break Fills Gap
College students spreading low-income solar


Five teams of college students from around the nation took to rooftops in California and Colorado during early March for GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break to learn about solar technologies in the real world...

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Commercial Pool Advances
New CSI-Thermal program changes available online


The California Solar Initiative – Thermal Program Administrators have finalized the new Commercial Pool Heating Incentive Calculator and updated the CSI-Thermal Handbook and inspection checklist.

This program component offers incentives for commercial, governmental, institutional, and multifamily solar pool heating projects that off-set natural gas. The PAs are excited for this new program change and look forward to working with the pool industry. For more information, visit the CSI-Thermal website.

PG&E Redesigns Solar Website Pages
Increases interactivity and usability for customers


Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) recently launched a redesigned solar website experience for its business and residential customers. The new web pages were designed using extensive customer input to produce a more useful, vital resource for those interested in solar and renewable energy.Solar Programs

Improvements include clear actionable information on financing options, how to find a qualified contractor and the roles of the customer, contractor and PG&E. In addition, there are resources for those who have already installed solar, such as how to understand billing, details of net energy metering and how to monitor and maintain systems. Visit www.pge.com/solar.

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Featured Photo & Solar Stories
24 Canadian Solar with Enphase Microinverters Strip and Go mounting method using Quickmounts classic comp roof flashings and ProSolar racking. Existing concrete roof used to frame panel array.

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

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