CSE administers the California Solar Initiative-Thermal (CSI-T) Program for customers in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) territory. Through the $28 million incentive program, homeowners, multifamily and commercial property owners, and governmental organizations can generate significant savings through rebates by installing solar water heating systems for pools and buildings that displace natural gas usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The CSI-T Program is a ratepayer-funded rebate program for customers of the four California investor-owned utilities. Rebates for solar water heating systems are based on the amount of energy the system is expected to displace in one year.
California Solar Initiative - Thermal Impacts
To date, we have administered and processed more than 390 rebates totaling more than $9.2 million.
CSI-funded solar thermal projects in the San Diego region are reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 3,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – about the same as taking 800 gasoline cars off the road.
Since 2010, CSE offered over 70 workshops focused on solar technologies for homeowners, reaching over 2,000 interested residents in the San Diego region.
Program at a Glance
- Program Goals
Promote the solar water heating market, reduce market barriers, support system cost reductions and increase consumer confidence and understanding
- CSE's Role
Program Administrator for San Diego Gas & Electric territory
- Key Partners
California Public Utilities Commission, San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas
- State or Local Policies Supported
AB 1470, SB 1, AB 2249, AB 797
- Impact Statement
Processed $9.2 million in rebates and offset 676,000 therms of natural gas use annually