SB 1 Solar Program Status Report

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Solar Porgram Status Report

Senate Bill 1 enacts Governor Schwarzenegger's Million Solar Roofs Initiative and expands upon the current California Solar Initiative and the Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership.

The statute adds sections to the Public Resource Code that require building projects applying for ratepayer-funded incentives for photovoltaic systems to meet minimum energy efficiency levels and recommends that PV system components and installations meet rating standards and specific performance requirements.

Senate Bill 1 states three specific expectations to be met to qualify for the ratepayer-funded incentives made available through the bill:

  • High-quality, solar energy systems with maximum system performance to promote the highest energy production per ratepayer dollar.
  • Optimal system performance during periods of peak demand.
  • Appropriate energy efficiency improvements in new and existing homes, or in commercial structures where solar energy systems are installed. 

This report is required of publicly owned utilities on an yearly basis to report on the progress of their solar incentive program to the California Energy Commission.

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