California Seeks to Boost Installations of Solar Water Heaters

February 08, 2010

The California Public Utilities Commission established in January a $350 million California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program to provide incentives to promote the installation of solar water heating systems in new and existing homes and businesses. Payments could be up to $1,500 for a residential heating, depending on the project. The funds will be split with about 40% going to residential projects and 60% to businesses. The CSI program will run for eight years, until December 31, 2017, or until the program funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

The program covers the territories of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company. The goals include increasing the adoption of solar water heating technologies which displace natural gas systems equivalent to 200,000 single-family homes. The CSI program also seeks to replace 275.7 million kilowatt-hours per year of electricity by the end of 2017. For more information, read the California Public Utilities Commission January 21 press release.