Solar rebates extended for some

October 25th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski

Organization successfully petitions CPUC to re-allocate funds

Now might be your chance to take advantage of solar rebates if you're a San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) customer.

After months of negotiation, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) successfully petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to re-open residential solar rebates for SDG&E customers.

By reallocating funds away from nonresidential solar projects, back toward residential projects, nearly $5 million in rebates have opened up. That's enough to fund about 25 megawatts of new solar projects in the San Diego area.

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Who is really installing solar panels?

October 23rd, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski

New report challenges utility assertion that solar is for the rich

The Center for American Progress released a new report this week that breaks down exactly who is embracing solar in California.

Their report "Solar Power to the People: Rise of Rooftop Solar Among the Middle Class" examines data from the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and shows that new solar installations are overwhelmingly located in middle-class neighborhoods.

That assertion is a direct challenge to the California Public Utilities Commission report that says solar adoption is solely in higher-level income brackets.

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Utilities to add 1.325 GW of energy storage by 2020

October 18th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski

New law may have dramatic implications for the energy grid

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a new mandate yesterday, requiring the state's big utilities to procure 1.325 GW of energy storage by 2020.

That target is the largest worldwide, and once again cements California's reputation as a progressive energy leader. By being able to store more energy, California will increase the reliability of the grid and integrate renewables on a larger scale.

"I believe energy storage has great potential to help us address grid reliability and renewables integration issues," said CPUC commissioner Carla Peterman. "This decision is an important and appropriate step, especially considering the leadership role California has and continues to play in advancing progressive energy policy."

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