State Solar Program Approaching 3,000 MW Goal

By Published On: July 3, 2014

California’s $3.3 billion Solar Initiative program is close to meeting its 3,000 MW goal for rooftop photovoltaic generating systems installed on homes and businesses across the state by the end of 2016. In a report issued July 2, the California Public Utilities Commission tallied 2,139 MW of installed solar capacity at the end of March 2014 on 227,141 homes and businesses. It noted that another 225 MW of projects with incentive payment applications pending are in the pipeline. “As incentives under the California Solar Initiative are sun-setting and solar adoption continues to grow on the customer side, it demonstrates the success of the program’s goal of market transformation,” stated Ed Randolph, commission energy division director. Last year, according to the report, 620 MW of rooftop solar systems were installed under the program. If the pace keeps up, the program should easily reach its 3,000 MW goal by the end of 2016. The CPUC issued its annual report on the program—which began offering incentives for homeowners and businesses to install distributed rooftop solar in 2007—the day after a state legislative committee asked for an audit of the subsidy program.

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