Bear Valley Solar Initiative Program


When Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) decided to offer solar electric rebates to residents in their San Bernardino County service territory in 2014, they turned to CSE to lead the effort based on our experience as administrators of the California Solar Initiative for San Diego Gas & Electric. CSE designed and implemented a program that began in January 2015 with the goal to add 800 kilowatts of new photovoltaic (PV) generation by 2022 and encourage solar and energy efficiency though workshops and other resources for homeowners.

Due to the popularity of the program, by April 2016 the BVES incentive budget was fully expended and 802 kW of solar generation capacity had been installed.


Bear Valley Solar Initiative (BVSI) Program Impacts

$951,350+ in rebates

CSE administered and processed 194 solar PV rebates for residences in BVES territory, totaling more than $950,000.

958 tons of CO2 prevented
The BVSI program has helped to eliminate 958 metric tons of CO2, equivalent to removing 202 cars from the road for one year.
38 contractors participated

During 15 months, the BVSI program engaged 38 solar contractors in training and installations.

Program at a Glance

Program Goals

To add 800 kW of new PV generation capacity to Bear Valley Electric Service territory

CSE's Role

Program Administrator


Key Partners

Bear Valley Electric Service, California Public Utilities Commission

State Policies Supported

California Public Utilities Commission Decision 14-11-002

Impact Statement

Add 800 kW of PV generation capacity