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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. 

GRID Alternatives Offers Technical Assistance

Nonprofit GRID Alternatives, program administrator for CSI’s Single-family Affordable Solar Homes program, announced a new technical assistance program for California multifamily affordable housing owners, managers and developers interested in installing solar on their properties – at no cost.

Get the Right Settings for PV Inverters

A new guide for utilities and photovoltaic (PV) system owners that will help determine appropriate smart inverter settings to improve power system performance will be available soon. It will provide setting methods that will better integrate inverter-based generation on the power system by reducing adverse distribution and transmission system impacts. 

Solar to Help Nonprofit Feed Families

In May, GRID Alternatives completed a month-long collaborative project to install a rooftop solar electric system for Loaves and Fishes, an Atascadero, Calif., nonprofit and food pantry. For more than 30 years, Loaves and Fishes has provided food, free of charge, to those in need in the Paso Robles area.

The installation, a 15.5-kilowatt system, is expected to save the organization $8,000-10,000 per year in electricity expenses, helping offset the high cost of running its refrigerators and freezers.

CPUC Approves NEM Successor Tariff

The California Public Utilities Commission’s much-awaited net energy metering (NEM) successor tariff decision was approved January 28, 2016, and largely continues the existing NEM structure, while making adjustments to align the utility costs of future NEM customers more closely with those of non-NEM customers.


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