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California Solar Initiative (CSI) Newsletter Supplement- Summer Solar Workshops

In This Issue

California Solar Initiative Public Forum

Intersolar North America

Solar Metering and Performance Monitoring Exposition

Solar Power 2008

Solar Shade Workshop

Solar Water Heating Pilot Program Economics of Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating Basics for Homeowners—Dinner and Seminar

Family Solar Energy Day

9th Annual San Diego Solar Homes Tour

Summer CSI Workshops

Solar Power Basics

PV Site Analysis and System Sizing

Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance

Introduction to the California Solar Initiative (CSI)

California Public Utilities Commission CSI Workshops Rulemaking (R.) 08-03-008

Rahus Solar Forum

Solar Living Institute

CalSEIA


Useful Links

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Southern California Edison

California Public Utilities Commission 

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CSI Handbook

The California Solar Initiative Program Administrators are pleased to announce a suite of free solar workshops for residents, businesses and installers, as well as a host of international solar conferences. We look forward to seeing you there.

California Solar Initiative Public Forum

Friday July 18, 2008
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
PG&E's Auditorium
245 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Toll-free dial in: 866.256.9239




The CSI Public 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).

Planning to attend? >> click here to take a quick planning survey.

>> click here for free registration
>> click here for more information

National Solar Conferences

Intersolar North America

www.intersolar.us
July 15-17, 2008
Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco, CA 94104





The world´s largest solar exhibition, Intersolar Europe, is coming to California. Intersolar North America 2008 will be the continent's premier international exhibition for photovoltaics, solar thermal technology and solar architecture. Visit the California Solar Initiative booth (#9505) at the Expo for CSI Program information and informal Q&A with CSI experts. Don’t forget to register online for the conference by July 11, to receive a registration discount.

>> click here to learn more.

Solar Metering and Performance Monitoring Exposition

Aug. 5-6, 2008
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
UC Berkeley MLK Student Union
2475 Bancroft Way,
Berkeley, CA 94720



PG&E and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) are co-hosting a two-day Metering & Performance Monitoring Exposition Aug. 5-6, 2008, at the University of California, Berkeley. This is the only event of its kind in North America that brings together metering and monitoring system vendors, installers and sellers specifically for photovoltaic and solar thermal systems. Don’t miss the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Workshop on Aug. 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

>> click here to register or learn more.

Solar Power 2008

Oct. 13–16
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA 92101
 




Stay current on policy, technology, finance and market happenings by attending the most comprehensive business-to-business solar conference and expo in the U.S. Oct. 13–16 at the San Diego Convention Center. Be sure to visit the California Solar Initiative’s interactive program booth at the Expo (booth #1026) for program materials and informal Q&A with CSI experts.

>> click here to r
egister today


Free Monthly Solar Trainings by the CSI Program Administrators
The California Center for Sustainable Energy


Solar Shade Workshop


Tuesday, July 8, 2008
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
CA Center for Sustainable Energy
8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123





Learn about:

  • Shade methodology for 2008 (same as 2007);
  • Accounting for shade and whether to install one array or more;
  • Handling oddly shaped arrays (non-geometric figures);
  • Measuring tilt & azimuth when panels are not parallel to the roof (ex: tilt mount on E roof);
  • The proposed shading methodology for 2009 (CEC's SB1 Guidelines).
>> click here to register.

Solar Water Heating Pilot Program Economics of Solar Water Heating


Thursday, July 10, 2008
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
CA Center for Sustainable Energy
8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123




The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will be hosting a workshop with Dr. Burkhard von Spreckelsen on the economics of Solar Water Heating (SWH). Dr. von Spreckelsen is the director of Business Development North America for Valliant Solar Systems. Solar companies looking to broaden their understanding of the solar water heating market and the economics of this technology are encouraged to attend.

>> click here to register.



Solar Water Heating Basics for Homeowners—Dinner and Seminar


Tuesday, July 15, 2008
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
CA Center for Sustainable Energy
8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123





California Center for Sustainable Energy will be hosting an educational session to provide information on the different solar water heating technologies and their appropriate applications. Information will also be provided on the new Solar Water Heating Pilot Program, open to SDG&E electric customers. Homeowners can receive up to $1,500 in incentive for the installation of a qualifying solar water heater through the new program. Program Manager, Annie Henderson,  and Energy Engineer, Skip Fralick, will conduct the session. Only homeowners are welcome to attend. Complimentary dinner will be served.

>> click here to register.


Family Solar Energy Day


Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008
Noon – 3 p.m.
Spanish Landing Park
West Basin at North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101




Family Solar Energy Day is becoming a family tradition. Kids and parents not only learn about solar and the environment, but also have a great time doing it. This year’s event will take place at the breathtaking Spanish Landing Park overlooking San Diego Harbor. Come join us and race solar mini cars, enter to win prizes with our Sun Drawing Contest, participate in solar-powered experiments and learn just how solar works. You’ll even get to dance to a solar-powered band. Parents will get the chance to talk with local installers and find out if solar is right for their home or business. Organized/Sponsored by: CCSE.

>> click here to register.


9th Annual San Diego Solar Homes Tour


Saturday, October 18, 2008
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
San Diego, CA



Celebrating the ninth year of the tour, more than 40 homes throughout San Diego County are participating. This self-guided tour offers real-life, working examples of three residential solar energy technologies: solar electric (photovoltaics), solar water heating and solar pool heating. Just pick the home sites you want to visit and show up anytime between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

>> click here to learn more.


Pacific Gas & Electric

Summer CSI Workshops


• Wednesday, July 16
• Wednesday, Aug. 13
• Friday, Sept. 5
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Registration Fee: Free



PG&E’s CSI workshops are open to all audiences, but particularly designed for solar installers and dealers interested in learning more about the CSI application process and requirements for CSI incentives. Topics include: Interconnection Services, Metering and Monitoring Requirements, Field Inspections, Using the Database, Incentive Process, among others.







Solar Power Basics


Saturday, July 19
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
23 Russell Blvd.
Davis, CA 95616
Registration Fee: Free


A two-hour solar basic class providing the fundamentals of solar electric systems. The class is designed to give residential and small business customers the tools they need to decide if solar is appropriate for their home or business.





PV Site Analysis and System Sizing


Thursday, October 23rd
9:00 am-- 4:00 pm
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Registration Fee: Free

Participants will evaluate the technical feasibility of a potential PV project through exercises, tool demos, and discussion.







Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance


Wednesday, October 29th
9:00 am-- 4:00 pm
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Registration Fee: Free




This workshop covers the issues pertaining to inspecting and permitting of PV grid-tied systems, including building and electrical codes, code revisions and updates, drawing and plans for permits, technology changes, and fire and safety issues.








Southern California Edison

Introduction to the California Solar Initiative (CSI)


6090 Irwindale Ave.
Irwindale, CA 91702
To register, please call
(800) 336-2822, ext. 42537





Dates
Time Event Number
July 8, 2008 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 18684
July 16, 2008 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 19707
August 12, 2008 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 18685
August 27, 2008 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 19711
September 23, 2008 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 18686
October 14, 2008  8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  19714

SCE’s introductory CSI courses are designed for photovoltaic (PV) installers, self-installers, managers and PV owners, and feature new and updated information on the CSI program. Learn how to complete the CSI forms, take advantage of rebates on fixed and tracking PV (solar energy) systems, and interconnect to the grid. Other topics include metering, monitoring, shading issues and CSI’s online database.


California Public Utilities Commission CSI Workshops Under Rulemaking (R.) 08-03-008

California Solar Initiative Program: Dropouts and Incentive Budget

Monday, July 14, 2008
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Ave., Auditorium
(Corner of Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss issues raised by parties relating to the California Solar Initiative budget, potential unspent program funds and issues surrounding incentive applications that drop-out. Commission staff will lead a discussion of these issues and potential options for program modifications.





Other California Solar Workshops

Rahus Solar Forum

Wednesday, Aug. 27 2008
9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA 95054




Sponsors: Silicon Valley Power
Organizer: The Rahus Institute (California Solar Center & Solar Schoolhouse)
Cost: $80 per person.
>> click here to register.

Topics will include: Solar Thermal Air Conditioning, solar hot water, PV system metering, jobs, solar schools, new solar decathlon film, financing, project highlights, legislative and program updates.


Solar Living Institute

This Hopland, CA, non-profit educational organization hosts a comprehensive curriculum of solar and sustainable living courses for a wide range of participants.
>> click here for more information.


CalSEIA

The California solar industry’s trade association hosts numerous educational events for installers.
>> click here for more information.






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The CSI program is funded by California investor-owned utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the California Center for Sustainable Energy under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.