California Solar Initiative (CSI)

Enacted in August 2006, the California Solar Initiative is a program that is aimed at building 3,000 megawatts (MW) of solar panel systems by 2016. About $2.8 billion has been allotted to this program, and the financial incentives are available to those installing systems in any type of facility—including a home, a commercial building, or a school or government office. Currently, CSI is being administered via the three investor-owned utilities in California:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE)
  • Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

If you are considering installing a solar power system in San Diego or anywhere in southern California, contact the experienced professionals at Sullivan Solar Power to learn more about the many benefits of using renewable solar power. We provide free evaluations for potential clients.

Our team has a combined experience that exceeds 25 years in the electrical contracting industry. We are dedicated to helping each of our clients take advantage of the benefits provided by the California Solar Initiative Program, as well as state rebates, federal tax credits and other money-saving programs.

Components of CSI Program

The main component of the California Solar Initiative is focused on the general market program, which is aimed at creating 1,750 MW of energy in facilities throughout the state. Additional elements of CSI include:

  • Research & Development Program (RD&D), which creates grants for the further development of solar technologies. RD&D is run by Itron and has a budget of $50 million
  • Single-family Solar Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program, which provides financial benefits to single family housing in low-income areas. SASH is run by GRID Alternatives and has a budget of nearly $110 million
  • Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program, which provides financial benefits to multifamily housing in low income areas
  • Solar Water Heating Pilot Program (SWHPP), which provides financial benefits to facilities using solar hot water devices in San Diego. SWHPP is run by SDG&E

The Big Picture

CSI, along with the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) and programs run by publicly owned utilities, is part of a larger movement known as the Go Solar California campaign. With a budget of about $3.3 billion, Go Solar California intends to make California less reliable on limited natural resources as the state takes advantage of cost-effective, non-pollutant renewable energy.

At Sullivan Solar Power, we are committed to promoting these efforts by helping those throughout southern California construct and maintain top-of-the-line solar power systems. As a C-10 contractor, we are able to deliver on all aspects of your solar power project. From conception to installation and maintenance, we will work with you every step of the way, as we will not outsource any part of your project.

Having installed more than 1,000,000 watts of solar power systems in Southern California, we have a proven record of success. We have the experience, the knowledge and the resources to provide you with the best possible system available. For more information about our company and product, please contact our San Diego solar power contractors today.