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BP Solar International and Home Depot Proposed Settlement

This is an important message about a class action lawsuit proposed settlement against BP Solar International, Inc. and Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. that may affect your photovoltaic (PV) system installations.

The California Public Utilities Commission Energy Division recently requested each California Solar Initiative (CSI) program administer to notify its customers who participated in CSI or the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and might have installed the affected BP Solar PV modules.

CSI Program Successfully Comes to an End

As the California Solar Initiative (CSI) General Market program officially closes on Dec. 31, 2016, we want to thank all our subscribers who have continually shown interest in program updates, milestones and achievements. 

Launched in January 2007, CSI expanded the state’s support for solar technology, specifically within the service territories of the three major investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). 

Toolkits Offer Pathway to Multifamily Solar

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) now offers online toolkits for solar contractors and multifamily property owners that provide resources for virtual net metering projects in each large investor-owned utility (IOU) territory. 

Track PG&E’s NEM Program Cap

Within the Pacific Gas and Electric service territory, the current NEM program is scheduled to hit the tariff cap in 2016 and convert to a new NEM 2 tariff. Stay up to date on cap tracking, keep solar prospects informed and answer frequently asked questions by visiting PG&E NEM Cap Tracking.  

BP Solar Panel Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against BP Solar involving solar panels manufactured between 1999 and 2007 with an S-type junction box. Affected system users may be entitled to benefits. 

SASH Program Makes Solar Accessible

Raising a child with cerebral palsy is never easy. With four other children – and high electricity bills – the Heltsley family of Yuba City desperately needed some relief.

“We use a lot of electricity, and even with utility discounts, it’s quite a bit of money,” said Addam Heltsley, a minister at a local church.  “We knew we wanted solar to help with our electric bills, but we couldn’t afford it.”

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