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Videos Help SCE Customers Go Solar

In August, Southern California Edison (SCE) introduced “Solar and You,” a series of short interactive videos for homeowners and small businesses. The edutainment presentations were developed using SCE’s 2016 CSI marketing and outreach funds and are aimed at educating their customers about the basics and benefits of installing photovoltaic systems.

“Solar and You” features five video modules that cover:

SolarCorps Fellows Pass the Torch

In September, 40 new SolarCorps Fellows put on hardhats and hit the roofs as they began a year of service with GRID Alternatives, CSI’s Solar Affordable Housing (SASH) Program administrators. 

Thirty fellows will be based in California with the remainder in states across the nation. They will spend the next 13 months working for GRID under the national AmeriCorps program, gaining hands-on training and skills to access futures jobs in the solar industry, while helping spread solar in low-income communities. 

Solar for Businesses in San Diego

Experts at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will explain the fundamentals of solar electricity and share valuable tips that can help businesses feel more confident when evaluating solar photovoltaic (PV) technology during a workshop in San Diego on Oct. 13.

Topics will include:

•    Calculating your business's energy use
•    Properly sizing a solar PV system to meet your unique needs
•    Researching and comparing solar contractors
•    Evaluating a contractor bid or contract
•    Understanding your financing options

Advisory Notices from PG&E

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

Partnership Serves Lake Elsinore Veteran

Growing up, Karina Chavez knew she wanted to be a U.S. Marine, and enlisted at age 18, embarking on a journey that took her from Southern California to Iraq’s Al Asad Airbase.

Honorably discharged in 2009, Chavez returned to her home in Lake Elsinore, but still felt a strong desire to serve. She began working at a local veterans center, but soon realized that the demands of the position combined with single parenthood made it difficult to make ends meet.

CSI RD&D: Smart Inverters

Tested combinations of communication modules and inverters

Figure 1: Tested combinations of communication modules and inverters

As photovoltaic (PV) penetration in the California grid increases, utility and grid operators are looking for technical mitigation solutions. One way negative impacts may be mitigated is through the use of advanced inverters on PV resources that could work in any communication system by way of a standardized modular communication interface.


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