California Solar Initiative

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 6 August 2012
The California Solar Initiative is part of the Go Solar California campaign and builds on 10 years of state solar rebates offered to customers in Californias investor-owned utility territories: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). The California Solar Initiative is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This programme builds on the 1998 Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) and the 2001 Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). In August 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger affirmed his support for solar energy, and announced the Million Solar Roofs programme, and in 2006, the CPUC developed the framework of the California Solar Initiative Program through 2016. This initiative creates a ten-year programme to put solar on a million roofs in the state of California. Programme components include: the Low-Income Single Family Program, the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program, the Research, Development, Deployment, and Demonstration (RD&D) Program, and the Solar Hot Water Heating Pilot Program.

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