Sue kateley into the final steps

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Sue kateley into the final steps

  1. 1. California Solar InitiativeEndings, Beginnings, and Next Steps<br />Sue Kateley<br />Executive Director<br />info@calseia.org<br />
  2. 2. What is CALSEIA<br />Non-profit industry trade association of companies doing business in California<br />Manufacturers, contractors, utilities, local governments, designers, engineers, distributors, consultants<br />15-member Board elected by the membership<br />Founded in 1977<br />History of leadership and success<br />
  3. 3. Critical Industry Values!<br />Safety<br />Ethics<br />Customer Satisfaction<br />Expand markets for all solar technologies<br />Photovoltaics<br />Solar Thermal – domestic and recreational<br />Solar Thermal Electric<br />
  4. 4. CSI “General Market”<br />General Market<br />CSI refers to the CPUC portion of the SB 1 program (i.e., does not include New Homes and programs administered by Public Utilities)<br />CSI budget is legislatively established<br />Generally a PV Program although non-PV technologies may participate<br />Goals: 3,000 MW and a self sustaining industry<br />CSI applications have challenged the budget limits less than 4 years into the 10 year program<br />CSI Thermal Program: Statewide Marketing has not yet started<br />
  5. 5. CSI: mid-point perspectives<br />Program highlights:<br />Facilitated growth of some companies<br />Fostered 3rd party financing<br />Wealth of data about industry<br />Established stronger utility-industry relationships<br />Established deeper understanding of industry development issues within CPUC CSI Staff<br />
  6. 6. Lessons Learned<br />CPUC did remarkable job rolling out CSI program in a matter of weeks<br />Too much emphasis in early days on MWs reserved and not enough emphasis on completions, sales practices, licensing, permitting<br />Small business perspectives should have been included in program design<br />Better consumer decision-making tools would have helped ensure better choices and better workmanship<br />
  7. 7. Next Steps for California<br />Need to implement Feed in Tariff for micro-DG (projects 1kW – 3MW) that employs simplicity and transparency and prices renewable generation based on value to utility, society (environmental, GHG, etc.), and grid<br />State agencies need to provide better consumer shopping tools based on lessons learned in CSI and integrate those tools with utility audit tools<br />Need comprehensive program that does not pick winners (it’s not PV vs. Thermal vs. Efficiency)<br />
  8. 8. Long term Market Support<br />Similar to efficiency, State support of micro-DG should remain strong and prominent<br />Similar to broader State goals, programs should support small business development and foster local job development<br />

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