The U.S. has a long history of supporting energy infrastructure through the U.S. tax code. The market certainty provided by a long-term investment tax credit (ITC) for solar energy has supported private investment in manufacturing and project construction, a vital part in meeting our nation's energy policy goals, driving cost-cutting innovation and job growth.
Before a solar system can be installed on a property, the system owner must complete all the necessary permitting requirements. Depending on the state, local government, type and size of the system, the permitting process requires significant time and cost, both on the residential and commercial scale. Understanding the various permitting requirements for each state and municipality can be quite difficult and burdensome to deal with, particularly for small installers with limited resources.
Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. Many states have passed net metering laws. In other states, utilities may offer net metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. Differences between states' legislation and implementation mean that the benefits of net metering can vary widely for solar customers in different areas of the country.
Our Policy Priorities are decided are at our Annual Planning Meeting in October. Members are encouraged to have a seat at the table in deciding the future of solar energy in the state.
2014 Policy Issue Areas
Net Energy Metering
AB 327 presents the greatest opportunity and threat to the solar industry. How the CPUC implements AB 327 will determine the fate of Net Energy Metering for future as well as past solar customers.
CSI is critical to the success of the solar water heating market. How the commercial as well as single-family rebates are structured and/or adjusted to better drive a healthy level of consumer demand are just two of the issues CALSEIA will work on in the coming year.
Reducing Soft Costs
Reducing soft costs through eliminating or streamlining permitting and interconnection is a top priority for both the solar PV and solar thermal markets. CALSEIA will be a leading voice in securing concrete and meaningful cost reductions on this front.
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CALSEIA Policy Work
Archive of CALSEIA filings, documents, letters, proposed decisions, etc. by category. Documents available to members only.