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Currents - A Quarterly Energy Newsletter For Local Governments

Winter 2012

Low-Income Solar Winter Heating Program Set For Launch

California is set to launch a solar water heating program for low-income residences. The CPUC has established a low-income California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal Program, with $25 million in incentives to support the installation of gas-displacing solar water heating systems on qualifying low-income single-family and multifamily residences. The program is preparing to launch in early January 2012.

"This program will help ease the financial burden on low-income customers who may otherwise not be able to participate in the program," said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey.

Incentives for qualifying single-family, low-income customers will be 200 percent of the applicable CSI-Thermal solar water heater incentive level, while incentives for qualifying multifamily affordable housing will be 150 percent.

The same Program Administrators that administer the gas-displacing portion of the general market CSI-Thermal Program, namely PG&E, SoCalGas and the California Center for Sustainable Energy, will administer the program. Read the full decision here.