CCSE has filed a petition with the California Public Utilities Commission to modify the allocation of funds in the local California Solar Initiative (CSI) program budget to allow for continued funding of rebates for residential solar customers. The action would shift some funds in the nonresidential solar project budget to become available to homeowners.
In January, CCSE reached enough solar projects to meet the entire goal set for residential installations when the CSI program began in 2007, nearly four years ahead of schedule. Currently, residential applications are being placed on a waitlist with the possibility of getting an incentive if more funds become available or as previously reserved projects drop out of the program.
CSI has made progress in transforming the market for solar energy by reducing the cost of solar generating equipment. Since the program began, residential solar system costs dropped by 28 percent, making solar more accessible to middle and low-income markets.