The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an increase in solar thermal rebates of up to 45%, according to officials from the California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal Program.
The CPUC authorized the higher rebates to help boost early adoption of solar water heating technology and encourage involvement in the statewide program. Through the program administrators – California Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego Gas & Electric Co. territory, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Co. – customers who heat their water with electricity, natural gas or propane may be eligible for the program's highest solar water heating rebate yet.
The increased incentive structure applies to the early steps of the CSI-Thermal Program, with cash rebates rising 45% for qualifying systems installed on single-family homes and by 13.33% for systems installed on commercial or multifamily buildings.
The maximum rebate has increased to $2,719 for single-family homes and remains at $500,000 for multi-family or commercial buildings. The rebate increases apply to all CSI-Thermal Program applications submitted after July 3, 2012.