CSE administers the California Solar Initiative-Thermal (CSI-T) Program for customers in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) territory. Through the $28 million incentive program, homeowners, multifamily and commercial property owners, and governmental organizations can generate significant savings through rebates by installing solar water heating systems for pools and buildings that displace natural gas usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The CSI-T Program is a ratepayer-funded rebate program for customers of the four California investor-owned utilies. Rebates for solar water heating systems are based on the amount of energy the system is expected to displace in one year.
California Solar Initiative - Thermal Impacts
To date, we have administered and processed more than 400 rebates totaling more than $7 million.
CSI-funded solar thermal projects in the San Diego region are reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 3,269 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – about the same as not burning 1,756 tons of coal.
During 2015, CSE offered 10 workshops focused on solar technologies for homeowners, reaching 500 interested residents in the San Diego region.