This week, thousands of solar industry professionals from around the world are attending the annual Solar Power International Conference and Expo in San Diego. With solar booming worldwide, California has become the US leader in solar installations. This month's feature photo comes from the Long Beach Convention Center, host of last year's Solar Power conference, hosting a 750 kW system owned by MMA Renewable Ventures. Read on for important CSI Program updates and a chance to submit photos of your solar system.
In This Issue
October 2008 Workshops and Trainings
October, 2008. The CPUC Energy Division released the latest
California Solar Initiative Staff Progress Report, detailing the CSI Program's progress and demand statistics through
third quarter, 2008. According to Molly Tirpak Sterkel, Distributed Generation/CSI Program Supervisor at the CPUC, demand for solar in California weathered market fears of Federal tax uncertainty without
decline. "All three Program Administrators saw CSI applications jump by more than 25
per cent in both residential and commercial solar sectors from second
quarter," she reports. "Demand for solar shows no signs of slowing,
and California's solar installations are reaching record levels."
The CSI Program Administrators host the next CSI Program Forum at
Solar Power International in San Diego during the conference's "Public
Night," Wednesday, October 15th from 6 pm to 8:30pm in Room 20-A of
the San Diego Convention Center. The CSI Program Forum was
established to provide a venue for public stakeholders to identify and
discuss top priority issues related to the administration and
implementation of the CSI program and suggest consensus-based
revisions to the CSI Program Handbook. The event is free and public
participation is welcome.
As part of Congress’s emergency bailout package, the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 was signed into law by President Bush on October 3, 2008, extending critical Federal Investment Tax Credits for solar customers and other renewable energy projects. This landmark legislation contains $18 billion in incentives for clean and renewable energy technologies, as well as for energy efficiency improvements. The bill includes:
To de-mystify to the process of going solar for businesses and
homeowners, the CSI Program Administrators published "A
Consumer's Guide to the California Solar Initiative Statewide
Incentives for Solar Energy Systems." This simplified guidebook
contains an abundance of information for those considering
installing solar systems, including how solar energy works, the
benefits of Net Energy metering and how to apply for state incentives.
The Consumer Guide is also available in quantity for free to
installers who may want to distribute the 20-page booklet to potential customers.
Solar Power International, North America's largest solar industry
conference and expo, is proud to welcome solar fans everywhere to FREE
Public Night starting at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2008.
While there, be sure to visit the Go Solar, California! booth
(#1024) in the Expo Hall to meet with experts from the California
Solar Initiative who will be on hand to answer questions and show off
new program tools and updates. And if you happen to be an installer,
be sure to ask for extra copies of the new California Solar Initiative
Consumer Guide to distribute in your pitch books. CSI Program
Administrators look forward to seeing you there!
After 10 months of steady application submittals to CCSE's CSI
Residential Solar Program, the incentive rate recently moved from step
3, $2.20 per watt or .34 per kWh to step 4, $1.90 per watt or .26 per
kWh. Asked how the drop in incentive will affect San Diego's local
solar market, CSI Residential Solar Program Manager, Ben Airth said,
"It gives more of an impetus for homeowners to install solar now
because they know $1.90/Watt won’t last forever." Despite the
recent drop in the incentive rate, applications continue to
come in at a high rate.
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.
San Diego City Councilmember, Tony Young, joined the California Center
for Sustainable Energy's (CCSE) Executive Director, Irene Stillings,
in the presentation of a $31,500 incentive check to the owner of an
apartment complex who took part in the SWHPP. The new solar water
heating system will benefit seniors living at Euclid Terrace
Apartments, a low-income housing complex. The entire system, comprised
of 43 solar-thermal collectors and 11 thermal storage tanks, reduces
energy used for water heating by nearly 50 percent and produces an
annual savings of $10,000 in utility costs. This was the first
incentive under the "area" method in the SWHPP.
CCSE Increases Off-Site CSI Trainings and Workshops
Program Administrators Receive Record-setting Number of Applications!
Solar Electric Power Association Announces Solar Business Achievement Awards
New Solar Homes Partnership Opens Nation's Largest 100% Solar Community
CPUC Issues Proposed Decision on Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing
Call for Photos of CSI-Funded Residential Solar Systems
>> click here to submit your CSI-funded solar system photos.
|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.
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