CSE Wait List Process

The California Solar Initiative’s (CSI) incentive program in San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) service territory (administered by CSE) has reserved enough projects to meet the goals of the program through Step 10. Consequently, CSE cannot guarantee that unreserved photovoltaic (PV) or electric and propane displacing solar water heating (SWH) projects will receive CSI incentives in the future.

CSE will diligently track due dates of previously reserved projects and maintain their progress through the application process.  If these projects do not meet the designated timelines, they will drop out of the CSI Program, and the reserved funds will be reallocated to the wait listed projects in the order received. 

For CSI PV projects that have already received their confirmed reservation, no system size increases will be incentivized. Any additions to the system size must be documented and submitted to CSE during the incentive claim stage. This also applies to projects placed on the wait list that are later confirmed. The system size that is submitted at the initial reservation request will be the maximum amount that will be incentivized.

If a wait listed project chooses to cancel their application, please contact CSE to be removed from the wait list at 858-244-1177 or at csi@energycenter.org.

Solar Photovoltaic (CSI General Market)

Each column of the wait list shows the following information: application number, ranking, CSI system size, and date of submittal. 

  • Application Number – the unique number an application receives after it has been submitted online.  CSI PV projects that applied through PowerClerk will receive an application number in the following format: SD-CSI-XXXXX.
  • Ranking – the position of each project on the wait list based on the date and time of submittal.  For example, the project with the #1 ranking will be the first project to receive an incentive reservation when a previously reserved project drops out of CSE’s Residential CSI program.
  • CSI System Size – the maximum system size (in kW) that will be incentivized upon reservation.
  • Date of Submittal – the date that the project application was received online through Powerclerk.  This is an extremely important number because it is the defining criteria for chronologically ranking projects on the Wait List.

A wait listed solar PV project is not eligible for an incentive if the solar PV system has been interconnected for more than 12 months, regardless of when the project was placed on the wait list.  

Solar Water Heating (CSI Thermal Electric/Propane)

Each column of the wait list shows the following information: application number, ranking, and date and time of submittal. 

  • Application Number – the number a completed application receives after it has been submitted online.  Solar water heating projects will receive a number in the following format: SDG-XXXXXX.
  • Ranking – the position of each project on the wait list based on the date and time of submittal.  For example, the project with the #1 ranking will be the first project to receive an incentive reservation when a previously reserved project drops out of CSE’s Residential CSI program.
  • Date of Submittal – the date that the project application was received online through the CSI-Thermal database.  This is an extremely important number because it is the defining criteria for chronologically ranking projects on the wait list.

Wait List Process

CSE is no longer accepting applications for the residential and non-residential waitlists.

For previously submitted projects, you may review the waitlist process below.

  1. Applicant completes and submits the CSI application online. All required documents must be attached and all sections of the application must be filled out via the proper online application tool – Powerclerk for solar PV, and CSI-Thermal for solar water heating.
  2. Applicant will receive a CSI application number and the project will automatically be placed into the status “wait list”. The project rankings on the wait list are updated weekly.
  3. CSE will review the highest ranked wait list project application as funding becomes available. Applications that do not have all required and correct documentation will be suspended, whereupon they will have 14 days (20 days for CSI-Thermal) to submit the requested information.  If this documentation is not submitted correctly within 14 days (20 days for CSI-Thermal), the application will be cancelled and removed from the wait list. All suspension timelines will be strictly enforced and extensions will only be allowed under special circumstances.
  4. Upon approval of the application, a CSI PV project will receive its initial reservation and a CSI-Thermal project will receive its incentive.