California Solar Initiative - Pilot Solar Water Heating Program (California)
Last modified on December 8, 2009.
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)|
|Active Incentive|| Yes
|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|
|Incentive Amount|| Residential/small commercial: 1,500, adjusted based on expected performance;|
Larger commercial: 15/sq ft for open-loop systems; 20/sq ft for closed-loop systems
|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.
|Maximum Incentive|| Residential/small commercial: 1,500|
Larger commercial: 75,000
|Program Budget||2.6 million total, 1.5 million for incentives|
|Project ReviewCertification|| CCSE will inspect 100% of the systems installed|
CCSE will meter and monitor the performance of at least 100 systems at the utility's expense.
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
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.
- DSIRE Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency accessed 2009-12-08