|California Solar Initiative (CSI) Newsletter - June 2008|
In This Issue
Trigger Tracker Snapshot for June 17, 2008
This month’s California Solar Initiative (CSI) feature photo comes from the Ocean Hills Country Club, in Oceanside, CA. Clair Lair, designer and installer of the 1.5 kW system, developed seasonal tilt legs to optimize system performance from summer to winter. "I projected 2,634 [kWh] for the year and it looks to be right on schedule,” reports the retired aerospace engineer. Read on for important regulatory updates from the CSI Program Administrators, and a chance to submit photos of your CSI-funded system.
The next quarterly California Solar Initiative Public Forum will be hosted by PG&E on July 18, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in PG&E's Auditorium at 245 Market St. in San Francisco. The forum presents an opportunity for all interested public stakeholders to openly and collaboratively discuss CSI administrative and implementation issues with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Program Administrators (PAs.)
PG&E and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) are co-hosting a two-day Metering and Performance Monitoring Exposition August 5-6, 2008 at UC Berkeley's MLK Student Union. Companies that manufacture, install or sell metering or performance monitoring systems for photovoltaic or solar thermal systems are eligible to exhibit.
During the April 17, 2008 CSI Public Forum, SCE Program Administrator Bob Botkin led a discussion about CSI application processing time improvements. Today, more than 81% of SCE’s application submittals (reservation request, proof of project advancement and incentive claim forms) are processed within 14 calendar days of receipt-- an acceleration of more than 20% since the program began in 2007.
Since the launch of the California Solar initiative on Jan. 1, 2007, California residents, business owners and communities have installed 50 MW of productive solar power, and the industry continues to work hard to pursue the program’s goals of installing a total of 3,000 MW by 2016. So far, the 50 MW installed here in the past 18 months reduces the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide by 35,000 tons per year. The benefit of installing solar power is that it targets reductions directly from our largest source of CO2 emissions: coal-fired power plants.
Know someone interested in going solar?
The California Solar Initiative Trigger Tracker provides an indicator of when the CSI incentive levels are expected to drop by showing the reservation and review status of all incentive classes. This snapshot compares the megawatts remaining in each step with the megawatts under review so that users can estimate how close the incentives are to declining. When there are more megawatts under review than remaining in the step, then it may be probable that any new applications will be at the next (i.e. LOWER) incentive step level.
The California Energy Commission has released materials to help inform and educate builders about the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) and the increased consumer demand for solar energy. The New Construction Home Buyers Market Research Summary Report, developed through a study conducted by research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates, assesses new homebuyers’ awareness of and feelings about energy-efficient and solar home
Builders who want to learn more about the NSHP will find value in the newly available Builder Outreach Kit. In addition to detailing the application process, the kit also outlines the program’s fiscal incentives and marketing support, and provides case studies from builders and buyers who have made the decision to “go solar.”
Doubling last year’s figures, the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) received applications representing plans to build nearly 3,300 new energy-efficient solar homes in California during 2008, compared with 1,300 in 2007. The NSHP provides financial incentives and marketing support to homebuilders, encouraging the commitment in constructing 100 percent energy-efficient, solar communities.
Call for Photos of CSI-Funded Solar Systems
Workshops and Trainings
PG&E California Solar Initiative Workshop
Rule 21 Working Group Workshop
CSI Program Dropout and Incentives Workshop
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