California Solar Initiative - Pilot Solar Water Heating Program (California)
Last modified on April 14, 2011.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||California Solar Initiative - Pilot Solar Water Heating Program|
|Incentive Type||State Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Agricultural, Institutional, (must be SDG&E electric customer)|
|Energy Category|| Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
|Equipment Requirements|| Residential/Small Commercial: Systems must be SRCC OG300 rated.|
Larger projects: Collectors must be SRCC OG100 rated.
|Expiration Date||12/31/2009, or until the budget is exhausted|
|Funding Source||Rate-payer funded|
|Installation Requirements|| Can be a retrofit project or new construction|
Installation contractors must have an active A, B, C-4, C-36 or C-46 license. Self-installers are not required to be licensed, but must attend a one-day training workshop.
|Program Budget|| $2.6 million total, $1.5 million for incentives
|Program Administrator||Center for Sustainable Energy|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Solar Water Heating Program Handbook|
|Date Effective|| 10/10/2008
|Contact Name||Annie Henderson|
|Department||Center for Sustainable Energy|
|Address||8690 Balboa Ave, Suite 100|
|Place||San Diego, California|
|Phone|| (877) 333-SWHP
As of December 31, 2009, applications are no longer being accepted for this program. The information presented below is provided for reference purposes. On January 21, 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) gave final approval for a $350 million statewide solar water heating incentive program. The statewide program is expected to begin in April 2010.
In January 2006, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a program – the California Solar Initiative (CSI) – to provide more than $3 billion in incentives for solar projects with the objective of providing 3,000 MW of solar capacity by 2017. Although the CSI primarily funds solar electric (photovoltaics) projects, the CPUC also authorized $2.6 million for a pilot solar water heating program. The budget includes program administration, inspections, performance monitoring, program metering and verification and $1.5 million for incentives.
This program, launched in July 2007, is administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (formerly the San Diego Regional Energy Office) and is available for systems installed on both new and existing residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial buildings owned by electricity customers of San Diego Gas & Electric.
For residential and small commercial systems, the maximum incentive is $1,500 and is based on estimated system performance according to the SRCC OG300 system ratings, solar orientation factors, and other inputs.
For larger commercial systems, the incentive is a function of collector area and will be adjusted based on factors of system type, collector rating, and solar orientation. Collectors must have an SRCC OG100 rating. The system will be metered and one month of successful meter data will be required to demonstrate the system is working properly before payment of incentive is made.
$15/sq ft for open-loop systems $20/sq ft for closed-loop systems Maximum incentive is $75,000.
Note: Pool and spa heating systems are not eligible.
Incentives will be paid to qualified, licensed contractors to be passed through to the customer or directly to owners of self-installed systems. Participating contractors and self-installers must attend a one day workshop to qualify.
Rebates Grants Solar Water Heating Incentives
|SWH Residential Min Size||60|
|SWH Residential Size Unit||Thm|
|SWH Commercial Min Size||60|
|SWH Commercial Size Unit||Thm|
|SWH Residential Max $||$1,500|
|SWH Commercial Max $||$75,000|
|SWH Non-profit Max $|| $75,000
|SWH Commercial $/unit||$15.00|
|SWH Non-profit $/unit||$15.00|
|SWH Size/output Unit|| sf