Become an Eligible Contractor

As program administrator in SDG&E territory, CSE offers free workshops for parties interested in becoming eligible CSI-Thermal contractors or self-install their solar water heating system.

Becoming a Self-Installer

The CSI-Thermal Program welcomes self-installers, provided you complete the free "How to Become an Eligible Contractor in the CSI-Thermal Program" workshop. After completing the one-day workshop, you will recieve a registration key that allows you to create a user account on This account will be used to submit all of the required documentation for your rebate application.

Please note that eligible self-installers are only eligible to claim CSI-Thermal rebates for solar water heating systems installed on property for which you are the utility customer of record.

For more information about becoming a self-installer, please contact us at or (858) 244-1177. To register for the required one-day workshop, please see our event listings.