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Relationship between political leanings and motivations for solar and system sizing

CSE recently conducted research to find out if political ideology helps determine people’s motivations for adopting solar photovoltaics (PV) systems and, if so, whether these characteristics play a role in determining the size of installed systems.

Lack of information & complicated utility rates create barriers for savings

People who buy or lease an electric vehicle (EV) mainly do so to save money on fuel costs. Unfortunately, the majority of California EV owners don’t achieve the greatest savings, which may hamper increased EV adoption.

Balancing government, industry and consumer needs

California has gained significant positive results with sustainable energy incentive programs with record numbers of consumers going solar and driving more electric vehicles. Some of what CSE has learned in helping to drive such clean energy initiatives can help local government agencies to shape successful clean energy programs throughout California and across the country.

California is charging ahead with legislation and incentives

As California continues procuring more energy from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, energy storage is increasingly seen as a critical element to help achieve the reality of sourcing 33% of the state’s energy and beyond from renewables. It’s a technology that is now scaled to meet the needs of medium and small businesses and provides several significant benefits.

California continues to lead the transportation transition

We’re pleased this year’s California legislative session produced major activity across the transportation spectrum. It closed in September with a flurry of bills that advance cleaner, greener transportation, giving us hope that we can expect equally significant efforts in the 2015 legislative session.

Need to get sound energy advice, be targeted and plan long-term

While some school districts successfully secured Proposition 39 (California Clean Energy Jobs Act) funds for sustainable energy projects during the current solicitation period, the majority of California schools are struggling to identify resources to help them through the application process.

Roadmap lays out path to clean energy for local jurisdictions

The idea of creating zero net energy (ZNE) homes and buildings is emerging as a realistic goal, for new construction and, to the extent possible, upgrading of existing building stock. While there are various definitions of ZNE, a broadly accepted meaning is a building or home that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

Understanding homeowner perspectives

We're interested in better understanding the energy efficiency actions of homeowners who install rooftop solar electric systems and their perspectives on performing home energy upgrades. Insights into the connection between solar adoption and energy upgrades could help policymakers and regulators in designing future

In recent years, we’ve broadened our scope

Recently, we dropped the “California” from our name to become the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). It’s not because we are doing anything less in California, but instead it reflects the fact that we are doing work in other states – and plan on being even more engaged in clean energy not only statewide, but throughout the nation.

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