In addition to the more ubiquitous solar photovoltaic panels, nonphotovoltaic solar technologies would receive incentives under a California Public Utilities Commission staff proposal released April 24. The technologies include "concentrating PV," parabolic dish\/engines, parabolic troughs, and power towers. Two incentive levels are proposed - a $2.25\/watt residential subsidy and $1.50\/watt in assistance for taxable commercial entities. After the exact amount is decided, one of two incentive structures would be applied - a buy-down or a performance-based incentive. The first is an up-front payment based on estimated performance and is aimed at systems under 100 kW. The second is based on actual metered output over time. The performance incentive is intended for larger systems and new technologies. The commission plans to spend $2.5 billion from 2007 to 2016 on subsidies to get these technologies installed, as well as $300 million to support pent-up demand backlogged from last year.