CSI—What’s New and Recent Events
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Update on CSI Photovoltaic (PV) Program Status
PG&E continues to experience a high level of demand for CSI incentives prompting the following changes:
PG&E will not accept any new Residential CSI PV incentive applications as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013. Please also note that PG&E will not guarantee that Residential CSI PV applications that were waitlisted will receive an incentive in the future. The closure of the waitlist only applies to Residential solar PV projects.
The Residential Waitlist for CSI PV and Thermal applications can be accessed here: Residential Waitlist (PDF, 503 KB). PG&E will update the list bi-weekly.
All new Non-Residential CSI PV incentive applications received on or after May 6, 2013 will be placed on a waitlist to ensure PG&E can effectively manage the remaining non-residential budget. Upon careful review, reservations will be issued for projects in the order they were received. PG&E will not guarantee reservations for any waitlisted projects unless a reservation is issued.
The Non-Residential Waitlist for CSI PV and Thermal applications can be accessed here: Non-Residential Waitlist (PDF, 270 KB). PG&E will update the list bi-weekly.
At this time, program participants should track the Program’s incentive budget by visiting Table 1 of the CSI General Market Incentive Budget Report and PG&E’s Daily Budget Reports—Residential and Non-Residential.
Please Note: While Table 1 of the CSI General Market Budget Report and PG&E’s Daily Budget Report, available on the California Solar Statistics website, may show incentive budget available, those funds are being reserved to pay for existing projects under the Performance Based Incentives (PBI).
Update on CSI Thermal (Solar Water Heating) Program Status
The electric and propane solar water heating portion of the CSI-Thermal program shares the same budget as the CSI PV program. Therefore, the budget implications outlined above have resulted in the following changes:
Electric and Propane Solar Water Heating
The CSI Thermal program is still accepting applications. However, all new applications for electric and propane solar water heating in the CSI Thermal program (residential and non-residential) are being placed on a waitlist until further notice.
The Residential Waitlist for CSI PV and Thermal applications can be accessed here: Residential Waitlist (PDF, 503 KB).
The Non-Residential Waitlist for CSI PV and Thermal applications can be accessed here: Non-Residential Waitlist (PDF, 270 KB).
PG&E will update the lists bi-weekly. The CSI-Thermal gas incentives still have funding and are not impacted by the CSI PV Program. The available CSI-Thermal gas incentive funding can be monitored at www.csithermal.com/tracker.
Application Procedures for Waitlist (CSI Non-Residential PV and All CSI-Thermal Electric and Propane Projects)
- Upon submittal of a completed application, the applicant will receive a CSI application number and the project will be placed into the status "Waitlist."
- PG&E will review the highest ranked waitlisted application as sufficient funding becomes available. Applications that do not have all required and correct documentation will be suspended, whereupon they will have 14 days (20 days for CSI-Thermal) to submit the requested information. If documentation is not submitted correctly within the 14 day suspension period (20 days for CSI-Thermal) the application will be cancelled and removed from the waitlist. All suspension timelines will be strictly enforced and extensions will only be allowed under special circumstances.
- Upon approval of the application, a CSI PV project will receive its initial reservation, and a CSI-Thermal project will receive its incentive.
- If a waitlisted project chooses to cancel their application, please contact PG&E to be removed from the waitlist.
Please Note: CSI PV projects that have already received their confirmed reservation, no system size increases will be incentivized. However, any additions to the system size must still be documented and submitted to PG&E during the Incentive Claim stage. This also applies to projects placed on the Waitlist that are later confirmed. The system size that was submitted at the initial reservation request will be the maximum amount that will be incentivized.
How to Read the Waitlist
Each column of the Waitlist shows the following information: ranking, application number, current status, and date and time of submittal.
- Ranking – the position of each project on the Waitlist based on the date and time of submittal. For example, the project with the #1 ranking will be the first project to receive an incentive reservation incentive funds become available.
- Application Number – the number a completed application receives after it has been submitted online. This number is to identify the application but does not reflect its ranking on the Waitlist.
- Current Status – the status of the project. This status will remain as “Waitlist” until sufficient incentive funds become available.
- Date and Time of Submittal – the time that the project application was received online through PowerClerk for CSI PV projects or CSI-Thermal database for electric and propane thermal projects. This is an extremely important number because it is the defining criteria for chronologically ranking projects on the Waitlist.
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