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California Solar Initiative - Statewide Trigger Tracker

Last updated 12/21/2014

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) Trigger Tracker shows how many CSI megawatts (MW) worth of rebates are available in the current incentive step level. The CSI Trigger Tracker gives an indication of whether incentive levels are expected to drop imminently by showing "MW Under Review". When the "MW Under Review" exceeds the "MW Remaining", the row is bolded. When this occurs, it is likely that any new applications will receive the next (i.e. lower) incentive step level. By comparing "MW Under Review" with "MW Remaining", users can make their own estimates of when the incentives are going to decline to the next step level. The CSI Program will be offered until the allocated incentive budget for each Program Administrator territory has been spent.

AdministratorCustomer Class *Current StepInitial MW in StepUnused MW from Previous StepsRevised Total MW in StepIssued Conditional Reservation Letters (MW)MW RemainingMW Under Review
* The CSI Program has closed in PG&E's service territory and is no longer accepting applications.
** The megawatt target has been reached or is near to being reached.
*** The residential CSI Program has closed in SCE's and SDG&E's service territory and is no longer accepting applications.
**** 25.03 MW transfer of the remaining nonresidential megawatts to Step 10 of the residential program, per CPUC decision D.13-10-026.

Incentive MW Available by Step, by Program Administrator and Customer Class

CSI Step table: CSI Rebate Levels by Incentive Step and Rebate Type

EPBB Payments (per Watt) PBI Payments (per kWh)
Step Statewide
MW in Step
Residential Non-Residential Residential Non-Residential
Commercial Government/
Commercial Government/
1 50 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2 70 $2.50 $2.50 $3.25 $0.39 $0.39 $0.50
3 100 $2.20 $2.20 $2.95 $0.34 $0.34 $0.46
4 130 $1.90 $1.90 $2.65 $0.26 $0.26 $0.37
5 160 $1.55 $1.55 $2.30 $0.22 $0.22 $0.32
6 190 $1.10 $1.10 $1.85 $0.15 $0.15 $0.26
7 215 $0.65 $0.65 $1.40 $0.09 $0.09 $0.19
8** 250 $0.35 $0.35 $1.10 $0.05 (a)/$0.044 (b) $0.05 (a)/$0.044 (b) $0.15 (a)/$0.139 (b)
9** 285 $0.25 $0.25 $0.90 $0.03 (a)/$0.032 (b) $0.03 (a)/$0.032 (b) $0.12 (a)/$0.114 (b)
10** 350 $0.20 $0.20 $0.70 $0.025 $0.025 $0.088
*The non-residential customer class includes commercial, private, government, and non-profit participants.
**Per Senate Bill 585, PBI payments have been revised to reflect a 4% discount rate which creates new PBI rates for Steps 8, 9, & 10. Steps 8a and 9a are the original CSI incentive rates, while 8b and 9b are the revised rates. In compliance with the Final Decision released by the California Public Utilities Commission, these new incentive rates are effective 12/2/2011.
Please be aware that the final CSI incentive rate that is reserved for you will be determined by your CSI Program Administrator at the time your reservation request (RR) application is approved, and may be lower than the current incentive rate shown in the CSI Statewide Trigger Point Tracker. Please note that final incentive amounts are subject to change based upon the configuration of the as-built system. (Per the CSI Handbook, no projects or applications are reserved CSI funding until all required information has been submitted and approved in writing by the Program Administrator.)
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