Since its passage in August of 2006, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) has been touted as the best solar program in the U.S., and even one of the best in the world. Indeed, the $3 billion performance-based incentive program designed to bring 3,000 megawatts (MW) of solar to California over the next ten years is unprecedented in this country. However, while the CSI looks good in theory, the program has drastically slowed the residential and commercial markets in California and threatens to seriously damage the state's solar industry, according to a report released today from SunCentric Incorporated.

Some of the results are extremely disappointing with only 14 MW of residential reservations issued and an ongoing, nightmarish transition for residential solar businesses to the CSI.