Author Archives: Admin

California Solar Statistics

California Solar Statistics is the official reporting site of the California Solar Initiative (CSI).  The site provides program data updated weekly.  Data summaries for the CSI General Market program are provided in figures or tables (as specified by the user) along with data on two other smaller state programs (Single Family Affordable Solar Homes–SASH and Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing–MASH).  A user can also download the complete data set of solar installations incentivized by the program for their own analysis.

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) was created in 2007

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) was created in 2007 to provide rebates on a sliding scale resulting in the installation of 1,940 MW of solar electric  generation capacity by 2016.   The CSI-Thermal portion of the program has a goal to offset the production of 585 million therms of gas between 2010 and 2017 by installing approximately 200,000 new solar hot water systems. The CSI program is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).   This program is open to customers of the state’s three large investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  Program description and details (data included) are provided by the CPUC on the Go Solar California website,

Renewable Electricity in California up to (Month, Year)

Mr. Bernard Chabot, a French Engineer and Economist, has worked in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency his professional career.  One of the reports he produces is a monthly compilation of CAISAO renewable electricity data, including perspectives from total electricity production and from historical data (prior to the month reported).  These reports provide data and some observations. Summaries of his findings are published periodically; CaliforniaSolar is negotiating with Mr. Chabot to determine if we can access his reports / data directly, or if we can post them here-in.

How will the state get 50% of its energy from ‘renewable resources’ by 2050?

ClimateWire: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) received plenty of early support for his proposal, in his Jan. 5 inaugural speech, to get half of California’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

A lawyer who represents renewable energy developers said the media coverage of Brown’s goal has sparked interest from the public as well as renewables advocates. “I’ve gotten several calls from landowners saying, ‘I have land I’d like to lease to a wind developer, can you give me a call?'” said Jerry Bloom, chairman of the law firm Winston & Strawn’s energy practice.

Observers say the goal — as well as Brown’s other inaugural pledges to halve petroleum use and double the efficiency of existing buildings — points to sweeping changes in how California plans for and procures its energy.

U.S. Solar Market Insight™

The US Solar Market Insight report is a collaborative effort between the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Greentech Media (GTM) Research that provides a quarterly and annual solar-specific analyses and forecasts.  On a quarterly basis, GTM Research conducts surveys of installers, manufacturers, utilities and state agencies from which it produces a report on trends in the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) markets.

The U.S. Solar Market Insight™ Reports are offered in two different versions—the Executive Summary and Full Report. The Full Report is available individually or as part of an annual subscription.  Each quarter’s Executive Summary provides a several key measures of the current PV, CPV and CSP markets at an aggregate, national level.  The quarterly Full Reports provide comprehensive perspectives on the PV, CPV and CSP sectors. These versions are approximately 70 pages in length and include all the data and analysis from the Executive Summary plus state-level breakdowns of installations, costs, manufacturing and demand projections.  These reports can be purchased by an annual subscription, or as individual, quarterly reports.

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landscape-scale, multi-agency, joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) planning effort for 22.5 million acres in California’s desert.   The draft DRECP assumes that up to 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy could be generated in the California desert to reach state and federal long-term renewable energy and climate goals for 2020 and beyond.  The DRECP will allow agencies and the public to work together at the landscape level to decide where it is appropriate to site future renewable energy projects, and where it is not. The DRECP provides an opportunity for local, state, and federal agencies to consider renewable energy, wildlife, recreation, and many other values of the desert together in one planning process.

The DRECP will advance state and federal conservation goals in the desert regions of California while also facilitating the timely permitting of renewable energy projects in appropriate areas. Within the Plan Area, the DRECP will: 1) preserve, restore, and enhance natural communities and ecosystems and conserve sensitive species; 2) protect and enhance other resources and values on Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered lands, including cultural resources, recreation opportunities, visual landscapes, etc.; 3) identify appropriate areas for the siting of utility-scale renewable energy projects; and 4) streamline environmental review and permitting for projects sited in these areas.

California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study

The California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS) explores how the electric sector can cost-effectively support deep reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to Phase I modeling results, the California grid can reduce emissions by more than 50% below 2012 levels by the year 2030 with minimal rate impact, minimal curtailment to renewables, and without compromising reliability. These findings are significant because they illustrate an affordable, reliable, and practical trajectory toward meeting California’s ambitious 2050 GHG emissions goals. Participants The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is conducting the modeling work, and Phase II will incorporate analysis from General Electric Consulting and JBS Energy Inc., as well as input from an independent Technical Review Committee. A Steering Committee of nearly thirty companies, trade associations, and foundations is funding the study.

An at-a-glance view of supply and demand

An at-a-glance view of supply and demand, renewable energy production, emergency notifications and requests for energy conservation.

SolarCity Reports Revenue Loss as Costs Rise to Meet Demand

SolarCity Corp. reported a loss in the fourth quarter due to surging costs amid a torrent of installations trying to beat a end-2016 federal tax incentive deadline when tax incentives now at 30 percent will drop to 10 percent.  The solar added 176 MW in electric capacity in the fourth quarter. The company expects installations to reach 920 to 1,000 MW this year (2015), almost doubling the 502 MW it installed last year.

California Taking Significant Steps to Support Clean Energy in Low-Income Housing

California has announced a major new set of initiatives and finalized two agency decisions that will bring increasing amounts of weatherization and solar benefits to low-income residents of affordable multifamily properties, which represent one-third of the state’s low-income housing stock.  On January 29, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved $108 million in additional funds for the solar affordable housing programs known as MASH (Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing) and SASH (Single-Family Affordable Homes). Half of these funds, $54 million worth, are allocated to the multifamily sector (via MASH), with a goal of 35 megawatts of installations. Established in 2008, the MASH program offers solar incentives to qualifying affordable multifamily properties.