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CSI Program Successfully Comes to an End

Goals met, market transformed, equity programs continue

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). 

To date, the General Market program has achieved a total of 1,803 MW of installed solar PV capacity, which counts for over 100% of the original program goal of 1,750 MW, with an additional 137 MW of pending projects. 

We have also achieved market transformation, as average solar PV costs dropped 53 percent, from $10.87 per watt to $5.14 per watt, for residential systems and 62 percent, from $10.30 per watt to $3.93 per watt, for nonresidential systems, from 2008 to 2014. Furthermore, the number of new solar installations continues to grow substantially without CSI subsidies. 

In 2013, the CSI Low Income Programs were extended until 2021 or until funding is exhausted. For more information on these programs, visit the CSI Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program and the CSI Single-family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program

For those interested in ongoing incentive programs that support solar investments in California, see more information on the Net Energy Metering (NEM) Successor Tariff

Also ending is the CSI Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RD&D) Program, a $50 million effort established by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2008. Managed by Itron, Inc., the program supported creating a self-sustaining solar market and funded more than 35 research projects mainly focusing on grid integration but also on solar technology and business model improvements. 

The intent is for RD&D work to carry on through other public research funding and market efforts. The program website, which includes a wealth of information on all research projects, final reports, publications, presentations and webinars, will continue to be available.

For more detailed solar data and program information, please visit California Distributed Generation Statistics, the new public reporting site for CSI, NEM and other programs. 

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