California Solar Initiative – PV Incentives

California Solar Initiative – PV Incentives;
State: California

  • Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
  • Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics
  • Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Agricultural, Institutional, (All customers of PG&E, SDG&E, SCE; Bear Valley eligible only for NSHP)
  • Amount: Varies by sector and system size (see below)
  • Equipment Requirements: System components must be on the CEC’s list of eligible equipment.
  • Systems must be grid-connected.
  • Inverters and modules must each carry a 10-year warranty.
  • PV modules must be UL 1703-certified
  • Inverters must be UL 1741-certified, and tested by the Energy Commission
  • Installation Requirements: Systems must be installed by appropriately licensed California solar contractors or self-installed by the system owner.
  • Installer certification by NABCEP is encouraged.
  • Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Remains with customer-generator
  • Program Budget: $3.2 billion over 10 years
  • Program Start Date: 7/1/2009
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