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PG&E SGIP Opening Highly Popular

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) opened for 2016 applications on February 23, 2016, and the interest level was higher than it’s ever been. In mere minutes, SGIP program administrators for Pacific Gas & Electric received applications for five times the available funding – more than $200,000,000 in requests. Most applications were for advanced energy storage, as well as fuel cells and other combustion projects involving biogas. The program will reopen with a new round of funding at midyear after the California Public Utilities Commission completes program modifications. 

CPUC Staff Members Take It to the Roof

On a sunny Saturday in November 2015, staff members of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) joined with GRID Alternatives staff and other volunteers to help install a solar electric system on a single-family house in San Francisco’s Oceanview district. 

Fire District Taps Low-cost Loan for Solar

After several years of declining budgets due to post-2008 recession property tax reductions, the North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) in San Diego County was faced with cutting operating expenses or laying off personnel. 

National Low-income Solar Policy Guide

A guidebook to successful policies and programs that are expanding access to solar power and solar jobs around the country has been released by nonprofits GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar and Center for Social Inclusion.

Connecting College Students to Clean Power

More than 100 college students from 10 schools across the country are getting hands-on experience with renewable energy through Solar Spring Break this year. Teams of 10-12 students are volunteering with GRID Alternatives, CSI’s Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program manager, to install solar and learn about the energy and environmental issues facing low-income communities. 

One-Day Rush for PG&E MASH Applications

Although the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program is currently closed to applications statewide, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) reopened their program on October 26 to accept a limited number of new applicants to their waitlist and received an overwhelmingly positive response. Within the first few minutes, more than 30 applications were submitted, and by midday, a total of 136 completed applications were filed for over $30 million in incentives.


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