Solar

CPUC Simplifies CSI Program Requirements

In response to concerns from the California solar industry about the complicated application process under the state’s solar program, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Friday approved changes to the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Program Handbook to speed the application process for solar incentives in California.

The PUC has simplified the California Solar Initiative application process in a number of ways, including removing all insurance requirements beyond those required for interconnection, waiving some documentation for smaller systems, and allowing self-installations to receive the California Solar Initiative incentive.

The PUC expects to release a revised California Solar Initiative Program Handbook with the changes in September on the GoSolarCalifornia website and via the PUC California Solar Initiative Proceeding Service list.

PUC President Michael R. Peevey said the Commission recognizes that the simple and expedient payment of rebates is very important for the program.

“We hope to maximize the California Solar Initiative’s ability to facilitate a steady rise in the demand for solar over the next several years,” Peevey said.

The California Solar Initiative’s goal is to drive the installation of 3,000 megawatts of high-performing solar installations in the state over the next 10 years.