Resources

How to Connect with a Solar Contractor

CSE recommends contacting and evaluating at least three contractors and their bids before selecting one to install your system. Consider the video tips and best practices.

  June 2017
 

Solar Panels & Inverters

PV panels can be evaluated by cost, efficiency and power capacity. Typically the higher the power rating and efficiency, the higher the panel cost.

  June 2017
 

What is Solar Electricity

The video explains how solar electricity is produced, where the energy flows, and the bill-crediting mechanism known as "Net Energy Metering".

  June 2017
 

Maximizing the Grid Benefits of Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

Four financial signals can unlock the value of distributed energy storage systems

  June 2017
 

Distributed Generation Planning: A Case Study Comparison of California and New York Proceedings

This paper provides technical, market and policy context for distributed generation planning and compares the California and New York approaches. We find that while California’s Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) Proceeding has a comprehensive focus on technical grid impacts, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Proceeding takes a more policy-driven approach to setting new market rules and operational practices. Together, these proceedings illustrate two pathways regulators can take to respond to and plan for increasing DER deployment.

  May 2017
 

San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard

The San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard measures and benchmarks environmental and economic trends throughout the region tracking a central theme: Is our quality of life improving?

  May 2017
 

Drive EverGreen Electric Vehicle Incentive Pilot Program: Evaluation Report

Sonoma Clean Power, a community choice electricity provider in Northern California, contracted with the Center for Sustainable Energy to administer a pilot incentive program to support electric vehicle adoption in Sonoma County. The innovative pilot program combined elements of “group buy” and voucher programs to provide a point-of-sale incentive offered through participating dealerships. This evaluation report summarizes the incentive program, evaluation activities including a participant survey and interviews with participating dealers and OEMs, and recommendations to inform future programs.

  May 2017
 

Response to Volkswagen’s (VW’s) first 30‐month ZEV Investment Plan

CSE continues to applaud CARB’s leadership on VW settlement matters, as well as CARB's broader goals of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving air quality. CARB’s Guidance to VW Informing Their First 30‐Month ZEV Investment Plan is a testament to that leadership. CARB’s guidance provides concise, yet flexible, direction to inform VW’s Cycle 1 Plan.

  April 2017
 

Supporting EV Commercialization with Rebates: Statewide Programs, Vehicle & Consumer Data, and Select Findings

This presentation was prepared for a webinar, hosted by the Yale University Center for Business and the Environment. It examines the design and implementation of programs administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy that support markets for electric passenger cars with cash rebates. In so doing, the webinar provides up-to-date information on markets for electric cars, supportive policies, and sources of data that empower stakeholders to support the transition to sustainable energy.

  April 2017
 

Supporting EV Commercialization with Rebates: Statewide Programs, Vehicle & Consumer Data, and Select Findings

This webinar was hosted by the Yale University Center for Business and the Environment. It examines the design and implementation of programs administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy that support markets for electric passenger cars with cash rebates. In so doing, the webinar provides up-to-date information on markets for electric cars, supportive policies, and sources of data that empower stakeholders to support the transition to sustainable energy.

  April 2017
 

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