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SoCalGas Increases Rebates for Solar Thermal

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) residential, multifamily and commercial customers can take advantage of significantly increased California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal natural gas rebates for solar water heating systems through the end of the year. 

New Funding for New Solar Homes Partnership

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is finalizing a proposed decision to authorize $111.78 million for the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) Program to continue incentives for homeowners, builders and developers who install solar energy systems on new, energy-efficient residences. 

Visit PG&E Solar Team at Intersolar 2016

Pacific Gas and Electric will be at Intersolar North America at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, hosting Booth #9716 and conducting workshops. Stop by to meet them and learn about the latest happenings with PG&E’s solar programs and the renewables industry. Find out information about solar water heating systems and installations and the incentives available until the thermal program closes in December 2017.

CSE Closes Nonresidential PV Waitlist

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has stopped accepting new CSI General Market nonresidential PV applications to their waitlist in the San Diego Gas & Electric territory as of May 9, 2016. CSE will continue to fund wait-listed applications should funded projects not be completed and will notify individual applicants if incentives become available. You may view the status of existing wait-listed applications online.

Upcoming Changes to PBI Project Payments

Changes to the CSI General Market program that shorten the payout period for all existing and new Performance-Based Incentives (PBI) for commercial solar projects will be implemented starting December 31, 2016. The timeline for PBI project payments, which is currently five years or 60 payments, will be shortened to a minimum of 24 months, followed by a lump sum buyout for the remaining estimated production for the final three years.  

Providing Solar to Tenants with NEM-V

Residents of market-rate apartments and condominiums, which make up a large portion of California’s housing, typically do not have access to solar photovoltaic (PV) benefits. However, the virtual net metering tariff (called NEM-V for market-rate customers) allows for these buildings and communities to install and share in a single solar PV system, having the total production allocated to multiple tenant accounts. 

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