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Oct. 28, 2009 California Solar Initiative Program ForumHosted by SCE
CSI reaches quarter gigawatt milestone Program demand remains strong August was a peak month Q3 2009
More Than 50,000 Solar Interconnections Source: CPUC data request to PG&E, SCE, SDG&E, data through September 30, 2009. Note: MW figures are all reported based on the CEC-AC rating of solar systems.
Solar Interconnections by Year *Prior to 2001, there were 259 systems, representing 1.2 MW installed **2009 data through 9/30/09 only.
Q3 Updates on M&O/M&E • Marketing and Outreach (M&O) • New fact sheets, 2010 Go Solar California! calendar • New Web site by end of year • Measurement and Evaluation (M&E) • Cost-Benefit Study, NEM C/B • Public workshop on Nov. 20th • Process Evaluation • Impact Evaluation • Other evaluation studies coming in Q4
Other CSI Q3 2009 Highlights • The CSI Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program saw applications remain strong, and more residences have been identified as potentially program-eligible. • The CSI Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) applications are robust • 139 applications totaling 7.13 MW of solar power within the program’s first year. • The CSI Research Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RD&D) Program issued its first grant-funding solicitation, seeking breakthrough technologies in PV integration with the transmission and distribution system. • Second solicitation issued in October, bids due in January 2010 • Nov. 18th – Program Strategy Meeting • The Solar Water Heating Pilot Program (SWHPP) continues steady in San Diego • CPUC issued a Staff Proposal in July outlining a statewide CSI-Thermal Program, that would offer solar water heating incentives to both electric and gas customers, statewide in 2010.
PowerClerk Topics • Review Current Submittal Process • Future Paperless Submittal Process • Future PowerClerk Features • Electronic Document Attachment • New Reservation Request Signature Page • Data Upload • Removal of Excel Version of Forms • Q&A 15
Opportunities for improvement Review Current Submittal Process 16
Removal of Excel Forms January 2010 Future Paperless Submittal Process 17
PowerClerk Document Attachment Preview Sample Paperwork Screenshot
PowerClerk Document Attachment Preview Sample Coversheet for Mailing Documents
New Reservation Request Signature Page Purpose • Provide Solar Contractors a readily available sheet to bring on visits to eliminate an extra visit Description • Contains customer, system, and site information that requires the Host Customer and System Owner to sign How it will be used • Reservation Request Signature Page is signed • PowerClerk Reservation Request Application is completed • Reservation Request Signature Page and other required documents is submitted via PowerClerk Electronic Attachment or postal mail
Why New Paperless Submittal Process? Reduces Carbon Footprint of the program • PDFs will allow fewer documents to be printed • Eliminates shipping documents from one location to another -> Lowers Fuel Consumption Create efficiencies and reduce costs • Further improves turnaround time • Eliminate postage cost • Reduce administrative costs for preparing mail • Eliminate duplicate data entry from Excel forms 22 22
PowerClerk Data Upload Feature What is it? • Allows external software programs to upload application data to populate CSI Reservation Request Forms If you answer yes to the question below, this may pertain to you • Do you enter information for your solar installations in a separate software program outside of PowerClerk? Purpose • Uploads the data from your software program into PowerClerk • Eliminates duplicate entry of data already stored somewhere else Is it mandatory? • No, this is completely voluntary 23 23
PowerClerk Data Upload Feature What is currently available? • API Document • Draft XML Schema • Test Environment for API available Sept.15 How do I get started? • Have your programmer contact your Program Administrator • PG&E – Robert Chan, firstname.lastname@example.org • CCSE – Katrina Perez, email@example.com • SCE – firstname.lastname@example.org 24 24
Removal of Excel Version of Forms When • Tentatively January 2010 Purpose • Simplify application process by having a single starting point with PowerClerk • PowerClerk will have the most up to date forms
Important Dates Document Attachment Feature • Testing in November 2009 • Estimated launch early December Data Upload Feature • Test environment currently available for software developers Removal of Excel-Based Forms • Tentatively January 2010
What Comprises $/Watt Project Costs?Molly Sterkel, CPUCTim Treadwell, CCSE
The Top 1-3 contractors by completed volume account for 4909 projects, which is 24.9% of a total of 19,728 projects.
The Top 4-6 contractors by completed volume account for 1538 projects, which is 7.8% of a total of 19,728 projects.
California Legislative Update on Key Solar BillsCurtis Seymour, CPUC