Solar Battle of the Bands to Be Held at the Historical Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on July 11, 2018

California Solar & Storage Association will partner with NEXTracker for the 2018 event; proceeds benefit the organization’s work

SACRAMENTO, CA, February 28, 2018 – California Solar & Storage Association announces that Solar Battle of the Bands, a unique solar industry party and musical competition founded by Quick Mount PV in 2011 and turned over to the Association in 2017, will be held at the historical and illustrious Warfield Theatre in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The event will be held during the week of Intersolar North America.

“Solar Battle of the Bands is one of the most well-loved events in our industry. We felt it was time to take the event to the next level by moving it to one of the most famous concert venues in San Francisco,” said California Solar & Storage Association Executive Director, Bernadette Del Chiaro. “And, we are beyond excited to partner with NEXTracker to organize this event for our community.”

The Warfield has been a San Francisco institution for 86 years. Opened on May 13, 1922 the beautiful and historical theatre holds 2300 guests and has hosted some of the greatest musicians and entertainers of all time, including Bob Dylan, Prince, David Bowie and even Charlie Chaplin. This year’s event will have almost double the capacity as past years.

“NEXTracker couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this awesome event that both celebrates the wonderful musical talent of our collective solar family while also supporting the important work of the California Solar & Storage Association. Said NEXTracker CEO, Dan Shugar, who is celebrating his 30th year in solar. Shugar will also be performing with his band, Groovity, after the official battle, and is organizing a multi-company solar jam to end the night. 

“We would also like to acknowledge SBOB’s founder Johan Alfsen, and his colleagues at Quick Mount PV for being a part of this event’s continued success,” continued Dan Shugar. “It is going to be an epic evening!”

The event is made possible through generous contributions by sponsors and the participation of company-sponsored bands. If you are interested in sponsoring or entering your band into the contest, please contact us. Must be 21 or older to attend.

CALIFORNIA SAW SOLAR JOB LOSSES IN 2017

Decline Due Primarily to Negative Impact of State-level Regulations

Sacramento, CA – California saw a 13% decline in local solar jobs figures in 2017 according to the Solar Foundation’s Annual Job Census. The job loss was felt throughout the industry, impacting small, medium and large companies doing business throughout the state. The state industry association chalked the losses up to the negative impacts of state policy decisions while emphasizing that the ship could be righted if the state made a few corrections and got solidly behind market development of complementary technologies such as energy storage.

“California’s solar industry is not impervious to changes in state policy,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar & Storage Association (formerly CALSEIA), which represents over 500 companies doing business in the state. “State policy is the tide that raises or sinks all local solar businesses. We greatly depend on clear, consistent rules of engagement which is not, unfortunately, what we got in 2017.”

Commensurate with the reported job losses, California saw its first decline in solar installations in nearly a decade in 2017. From January through November, California saw 1,024 MW of consumer-sited solar installed compared with 1,146 MW during the same time period in 2016. In contrast, 2016 had seen market growth from the 910 MW installed during the first eleven months of 2015.  Not surprisingly, the 2016 Solar Jobs Census reported a 25% increase in jobs in California this time last year.

“Labor costs are one of the main components of the cost of going solar,” explained Del Chiaro. “This is one of the major upsides of investing in local solar. A higher percentage of your money goes right into your community in the form of local jobs that can’t be outsourced. When we harm the solar market, we take away local employment opportunities. It is that simple.”

The California Solar & Storage Association cited three main causes for the market decline in 2017: 1) heavy rains at the beginning of the year that slowed sales and construction, which could have been overcome but for the rough 2) transition to new Net Energy Metering and Time-of-Use policies, and, 3) interconnection barriers put forward by the state’s investor-owned utilities. The Association clarified that the decline could not be blamed on changing business models or market saturation.

“This job losses impacted companies of all shapes, sizes and models, even some of our most successful businesses saw at least a slow down in 2017,” said Del Chiaro. “As a group, we are incredibly resilient and adaptable but if state regulators allow utilities to block consumer access to the sun, there is only so much even the most creative business can do.”  

Del Chiaro cited a few things state policy makers could do to correct the market including removing interconnection barriers particularly for the commercial and industrial market, smoothing transitions to Time-of-Use rates to allow consumers to get acclimatized, and investing heavily in energy storage through tried-and-true programs, such as consumer incentives, that help drive market adoption.

“There is every reason to remain bullish about the future of local solar and energy storage but we have got to get the rules of engagement right or we will all fall short of our goals,” concluded Del Chiaro.

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About CALIFORNIA SOLAR & STORAGE ASSOCIATION

The California Solar & Storage Association (formerly CALSEIA) advances the common interests of California’s solar and storage businesses. Comprised of over 500 contractors, manufacturers, distributors, developers, financiers, consultants and non-profit organizations, the California Solar & Storage Association represents a diverse membership committed to growing the solar and storage industry statewide. The Association engages with local and state decision makers to ensure California remains a solar energy leader through sound public policy that provides clarity, transparency, and certainty for the state’s consumer-facing local clean energy market. 

 

 

 

WE CHANGED OUR NAME!

California Solar Energy Industries Association is now the California Solar & Storage Association

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has updated its name to the California Solar & Storage Association. After 40 years, the organization will do business under this new moniker to reflect marketplace changes as well as a decades-long partnership with energy storage and energy management devices that go hand in hand with solar photovoltaic and thermal technologies.

“We are very excited to capture the rising importance of energy storage as well as pave the way for the integration of a whole suite of new energy management tools,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar & Storage Association. “Making the sun shine at night and providing Californians with even more options for saving money and managing energy is what we’ve always been about.”

The California Solar & Storage Association’s headquarters remain in Sacramento, just a few blocks from the state capitol. The organization also has offices in the Bay Area as well as six chapters that gather quarterly throughout the state from San Diego to Sonoma County.  The Association’s mission, board of directors, chapter leadership, staff, and its membership remain the same.

“The California solar industry has been installing storage devices for decades,” said Ed Murray, board president and president of Aztec Solar, a contracting business since 1980. “This is both a nod to our past as well as a response to our bullish outlook on the future growth of solar and energy storage in California.”

The Association recently surpassed the 500-member mark, representing a diverse array of companies doing business in California. These member companies built, and in some cases manufactured, over 70% of all the local solar photovoltaic, thermal and energy storage projects installed in the state in 2017. 

“Pairing solar and storage is here and now,” said Del Chiaro. “Our expanded name catches up with reality and catapults us into an exciting new clean energy future. “

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For more information, visit us at www.calssa.org. The CALSEIA name will still conduct special educational and related activities that support the California solar market.

 

 

 

Adara Power To Announce New Commercial And Industrial Energy Storage Products At CALSEIA Contractor Day

Adara Power Accelerates Commercial Energy Storage for SGIP Renewable Energy Projects

Los Gatos, CA (PRWEB) - Adara Power, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, will introduce its new commercial and industrial energy storage solutions at the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) Contractor Day, January 25th in San Diego. Adara Power will lead the discussion on commercial energy storage applications and discuss the significant financial opportunities with the California Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).

CALSEIA’s Contractor Days are California’s premier training events that bring together contractors, developers and EPCs, with thought leaders in the manufacturing, system development, and services sectors. Training topics include smart inverters, energy storage technologies, electricity tariffs related to energy storage and permitting.

Adara Power is one of the leading manufacturers in the SGIP program, with energy storage systems deployed in all major utilities in California. The SGIP program can pay up to 50% of the cost of a typical project. Adara Power guides contractors, developers and end-customers through the complex process to successfully fulfill the program requirements with an accelerated timeline. Adara Power solutions reduce costs across a spectrum of today’s electrical markets, designed to counter high demand charges and time-of-use rates, while also qualifying for SGIP program, the federal investment tax credit (ITC) and new accelerated depreciation introduced with the recent tax reform bill. Adara Power clients realize short payback periods, while also benefitting from the added resiliency of backup power and sustainable renewable power.

Adara Power commercial and industrial solutions are deployed on the customer side of the meter and range in size from 30kW | 65kWh to 1MW | 2MWh. Return on investment varies based on electricity tariff schedule and site electrical usage. Adara Power provides up-front bill modeling and design support for contractors, developers and EPCs and acts as their in-house subject matter experts in battery technologies.

Ideal end-customer attributes are:

  • High on-peak demand charges, greater than $12/kW
  • Substantial energy use in the evening peak periods
  • Minimum electricity bill of $3000 per month
  • Resiliency needs for important back-up loads

Renewable energy installers can also join the Adara Partner Program at http://www.adarapower.com. The Partner Program is designed to rapidly launch medium and large regional solar installers into the energy storage market, supplementing their solar installations and providing sales and installation training for the Adara Power solutions.

About Adara Power
Founded in 2013, Adara Power is committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected solar energy storage for commercial and residential renewable energy. Adara Power’s Energy Storage Solutions are designed to support consumer self-consumption and enable a resilient, renewable energy grid in order to power a cleaner, sustainable planet. For more information, visit http://www.adarapower.comand follow us on Twitter: @adarapower.

SOURCE: PRWeb

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CPUC Approves New Solar Rebate Program for Affordable Multifamily Housing

$1 Billon 10-year Program to Directly Benefit Low-Income Tenants

 

SACRAMENTO—The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved the new Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program, voting today to create a new solar rebate program for low-income and disadvantaged communities.  This $1 billion program provides up to $100 million annually for ten years to incentivize installations of solar on multifamily affordable housing properties across California.  Assemblymember Eggman’s bill AB 693 from 2015 created this program and is expected to help tens of thousands of low-income residents across the state receive credits on their electricity bills from solar energy.

“I am grateful for the work of the solar industry and the environmental justice community for bringing a spotlight to the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing Program,” said Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton). “This policy was designed to ensure that families in low-income and disadvantaged communities can also reap the benefits of the booming solar energy industry in California. For too long, families facing the greatest environmental hurdles have been left out and this decision moves some of those benefits that much closer to the families that need them.”

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) and the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) cosponsored AB 693 to increase access to clean energy for low-income and disadvantaged communities across California.  The law notably allows tenants to receive credits for electricity produced by the systems at no cost to the tenants, thereby allowing tenants to directly benefit from the solar installation.  The new SOMAH Program approved today provides higher rebates for the tenant-portion of the solar system, as well as includes provisions that prohibits passing the cost onto tenants, such as increasing their rent.

"CALSEIA greatly appreciates the leadership of Assemblymember Eggman to create the SOMAH Program, and the efforts of the CPUC to get this important program started," said Kelly Knutsen, Senior Policy Advisor for CALSEIA.  "Our partners at Everyday Energy and CEJA were instrumental in getting us to this point.  We look forward to increasing access to solar for all Californians by keeping up the momentum and fully-funding this program so we can help everyone benefit from our state’s clean energy economy."   

"We are excited to get to work bringing the benefits of solar PV to low-income tenants and owners.  It was truly a group effort from originating AB 693, getting it signed into law, and working with the CPUC to get it implemented.  CALSEIA has been an outstanding partner and has been a driving force in getting AB 693 fully funded and implemented,” said Scott Sarem Co-Founder/CEO of Everyday Energy and a CALSEIA member.

AB 693 set a goal to install at least 300 megawatts (MW) of solar on affordable multifamily housing by 2030.  Putting that in perspective, 39 MW of solar has been installed on multifamily affordable housing since the establishment of the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program in 2008.


Contact: Kelly Knutsen 510-548-2312 kelly@calseia.org

40 Solar & Storage Executives Recognized at 40th Anniversary Celebration

Berkeley, CA - On Friday, October 6, 2017, CALSEIA gave a special “40 @ 40” recognition to forty top-level executives attending the organization’s Annual Dinner and 40th Anniversary Celebration. Executives were asked to stand as a slide show played acknowledging each person before a crowd of nearly 200 industry professionals and supporters.  The event keynote was delivered by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the 40th Anniversary Toast was delivered by industry veteran Mike Emrich of Solarponics.

“While there are thousands of men and women who make up California’s solar and storage industry, this impressive group of leaders are not only running successful companies but understand the importance of coming together as an industry and supporting public policy endeavors,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSEIA. “Companies big and small, the well-established and start-ups are being recognized by CALSEIA. We thank you for the work you do everyday building our clean energy future.”

The Annual Dinner and 40th Anniversary Celebration was held at the historical, Berkeley City Club and included a cocktail hour, a sit-down dinner and an auction. The dinner, which takes place the evening of CALSEIA’s Annual Planning meeting, has been an annual event since 2014.

Acknowledging CALSEIA’s four decades of work to promote solar energy in California, Assemblymember Phil Ting gave the keynote address highlighting the importance of public policy and staying active and engaged in the state legislature.

“Assemblymember Phil Ting is a real champion who works hard to create a world powered by clean, renewable energy,” said Del Chiaro. “We applaud his leadership and thank him for joining us to celebrate the solar industry.”

The 40th Anniversary toast was delivered by Mike Emrich who founded Solarponics in Atascadero in 1975 and has been a leader in his community and a supporter of CALSEIA for decades.  

Photos from the event can be viewed here and the 40 @ 40 slideshow can be viewed here.

Bill to Extend Solar Thermal Program Passes California Legislature

Bill to Incentivize Solar Energy to Reduce Natural Gas Use Headed to Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature passed AB 797 (Irwin) this afternoon.  With the bipartisan vote in the Assembly of 45-19 today and the Senate’s bipartisan 30-10 vote on Tuesday, the bill now heads to the Governor for his signature.  The bill extends consumer incentives for solar thermal technologies that heat water and air using the sun’s energy, reducing natural gas use in homes and buildings.  The bill is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals, improve air quality, and support economic development.

"Using California's warm sunshine to do something as simple as heating water is sensible for our state and a key way to protect public health, clean up our air, and support local good-paying jobs," said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), author of the bill. "I am pleased the Legislature voted to send the extension of this important program to the Governor’s desk.”

AB 797 would extend the existing California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal program for two years to 2020, seamlessly continuing the natural gas rebate program for homes, businesses and commercial swimming pools, such as at schools and community centers. The bill targets half of the funds for low-income housing and buildings in disadvantaged communities.  It also expands eligibility for these rebates to homeowners in the San Joaquin Valley who currently use propane or wood to heat their water. 

“The California solar thermal market is growing, especially in the multifamily housing sector – with 32% annual growth between 2015 and 2016 in annual natural gas savings,” said Kelly Knutsen, Senior Policy Advisor of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, a cosponsor of AB 797.  “Assemblymember Irwin is a clean energy champion for all Californians, and a strong leader for helping low-income and disadvantaged communities gain access to clean energy technologies to lower their energy bills.”

“A major challenge to meeting our state’s climate goals – and one that not enough people are talking about – is that we have to heat our homes, businesses and schools without relying on dirty fossil fuels. Solar thermal fits the bill, while reducing our energy bills at the same time,” said Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate with Environment California, which cosponsored the bill. “We thank Assemblymember Irwin for her leadership and starting this important conversation on low-carbon heat energy.”

Solar thermal projects installed under the CSI-Thermal program reduced natural gas use across the state by over 5.8 million therms each year, equal to the annual amount of natural gas used to heat water for over 32,00 homes.  The program has offset over 31,000 metric tons of CO2(eq) annually, comparable to taking over 6,500 cars off the road each year.

The Governor has until October 15 to decide on whether to sign the bill into law.

150 Solar and Energy Storage Workers Gather at California Capitol to Push for Continued Growth for Local Markets

August 30, 2017, Sacramento, CA – Approximately 150 solar and storage workers from 80 businesses across the state converged on the California state capitol on Tuesday, August 29, to meet with their legislative representatives and urge continued support of local solar and energy storage policies. Organized by the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), this is the 4th Annual Worker Day. The clean energy workers had a clear message: “Keep local solar and storage growing in California.”

“Our jobs require strong policies to ensure access to local solar and storage for all California consumers,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSEIA. “Local solar and energy storage businesses bring many benefits to the state including jobs that can’t be outsourced and an affordable and reliable pathway to 100% clean energy.”

The workers came to the capitol to educate legislators about the different forms of local solar and energy storage technologies including solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, and grid-tied batteries that help keep the sun shining at night. The group also honored Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) with the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award for her work to promote local solar and storage.

Specific bills supported by the association included:

  • AB 797 (Irwin) – to continue consumer incentives for solar thermal (hot water) systems that reduce natural gas use.
  • AB 1414 (Friedman) – to extend and expand existing cap on permit fees for local solar systems.
  • SB 700 (Wiener) – to create a multi-year consumer rebate program for energy storage. The bill stalled in July under opposition and will be taken back up in Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee again in 2018. An earlier backed bill, AB 1030 (Ting) also faced opposition earlier in the year and was stopped by the same committee.

“I got up at 3:30 this morning to make sure my voice would be heard,” said Ricardo Armendarez, sales manager and system designer for Alt Sys Solar Inc., a Central Valley contractor based in Tulare, CA. “I have come to believe running a business is only half of the work needed to create a successful industry. Engaging with our state legislators and making sure they understand the significance of their policy decisions is critical to the continued growth and maintenance of our businesses and the jobs we create.”

The nearly 80 businesses that participated in the day’s events came from all over California from San Diego to Redding. These businesses and 150 workers are a diverse cross-section of the 100,000 jobs that solar and storage have created across California.

 

Mitsubishi Electric Solar Panels Pass Rigorous Mechanical Load Test

Withstanding up to 120 psf of snow / 216 mph wind updraft

CYPRESS, CA - August 14, 2017 - Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Photovoltaic Division announced the successful test result of its Diamond Pro™ MJE photovoltaic (PV) module at 120 pounds per square foot (psf), one of the highest ratings in the industry.  This test load is four times the required ANSI/UL 1703 load of 30 psf. 

The Diamond Pro™ was tested in both positive (snow) and negative (wind) directions based on the 2016 harmonized UL 1703 and IEC 61215 revised standard. Intertek administered the independent, third-party performance testing of product samples at its Lake Forest, California laboratory. 

"Together we developed a customized compliance plan for Mitsubishi Electric to meet all applicable requirements, including becoming one of the first to have product samples pass a mechanical test load of 120 psf in both positive and negative directions," said Sunny Rai, vice president of Electrical at Intertek.  "They were also one of the first PV module manufacturers to test and receive an ANSI/UL 1703 Type 2 class rating." Intertek has been committed to supporting clients like Mitsubishi Electric in total quality assurance for over 130 years.

"Safety and reliability have been at the forefront of Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic products since our entry into the solar industry in 1974," said Gina Heng, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., Photovoltaic Division.  "In accordance with our corporate sustainability goals, Mitsubishi Electric uses lead free solder, a safer option for the environment."  The company's PV modules are built with a four-layer junction box with electrical connections completely encapsulated by the highest flame retardant used in the industry, UL94 V-0.  Mitsubishi Electric proactively tested and passed ANSI/UL 1703 new fire classification requirements nearly a year before the 2016 testing deadline imposed by the California Building Code (CBC) and the California Residential Code (CRC).


About Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.'s Photovoltaic Division

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. sells high quality solar panels to deliver clean, reliable energy to its customers throughout the world. With more than 90 years of electronics manufacturing expertise and 40 years' experience developing solar power technology, Mitsubishi Electric is one of the most established solar providers in the industry. Residential, commercial, and government customers can count on the 25-year solar module limited warranty offered by Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. to enhance their return on investment. Additional information and terms of the limited warranty are available at www.MitsubishiElectricSolar.com or by calling 714.220.2500.

In addition to solar modules, Mitsubishi Electric US group companies' principal businesses include semiconductor devices, automotive electrical components, elevators and escalators, factory automation products and services, heating and cooling products, electric utility products, and large-scale video displays for stadiums and arenas. Mitsubishi Electric US group companies have roughly 31 locations throughout North America with approximately 4,000 employees.

Media Contact:

Brooke Behunin
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
714-220-6885
brooke.behunin@meus.mea.com

About Intertek

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Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 42,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers' operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.
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Intertek
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Terasaki Budokan Community Center Breaks Ground With Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Solar Power Donation

New Little Tokyo Sports Facility Will Save An Estimated $366,000 With Solar

Key representatives, including Mitsubishi Electric US Inc. president and CEO Kent Hora (fourth from left), celebrate at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Budokan in Little Tokyo on August 3. 

AUGUST 10, 2017, LOS ANGELES, CA - Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. pledged to donate solar panels for a 42kW solar power system to the new multipurpose sports facility and community center, Paul I. Terasaki Budokan.  The donation was announced during the ground breaking ceremony in Little Tokyo on August 3.

Twenty-three years in the making, Terasaki Budokan is a project of Little Tokyo Service Center. The 38,000 square-foot facility will serve youth, families and seniors. When it opens in the Spring of 2019, the Budokan will offer sports, community activities and opportunities to connect visitors to Japanese American culture and to a vibrant, sustainable Little Tokyo.

In addition to the product donation, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, whose mission is to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives, will match the value of the equipment sponsorship, as well as volunteer hours for the installation.  PanelClaw Inc has also generously donated the rooftop racking for this 42kW system.

The system will be designed and installed by GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, which makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles will train local university students with disabilities and volunteers from Mitsubishi Electric to work side by side on the installation.

See the event photos


About Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.'s Photovoltaic Division

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. sells high quality solar panels to deliver clean, reliable energy to its customers throughout the world. With more than 90 years of electronics manufacturing expertise and 40 years' experience developing solar power technology, Mitsubishi Electric is one of the most established solar providers in the industry. Residential, commercial, and government customers can count on the 25-year solar module limited warranty offered by Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. to enhance their return on investment. Additional information and terms of the limited warranty are available at www.MitsubishiElectricSolar.com or by calling 714.220.2500.

In addition to solar modules, Mitsubishi Electric US group companies' principal businesses include semiconductor devices, automotive electrical components, elevators and escalators, factory automation products and services, heating and cooling products, electric utility products, and large-scale video displays for stadiums and arenas. Mitsubishi Electric US group companies have roughly 31 locations throughout North America with approximately 4,000 employees.

Media Contact:

Brooke Behunin
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
714-220-6885
brooke.behunin@meus.mea.com

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, based in the Washington, DC area, was established in 1991 by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Mitsubishi Electric group companies in the United States, which produce, sell and distribute a wide range of consumer, industrial, commercial and professional electronics products. The foundation has contributed more than $15 million over the past 26 years to organizations that empower young people with disabilities to lead more inclusive and productive lives.

Little Tokyo Service Center

is a social service and community development organization that has been creating positive change for the people and places in Southern California for more than 37 years. The organization preserves and strengthens the unique ethnic communities of the region and helps people thrive. Starting with its home in Little Tokyo, LTSC builds and strengthens communities throughout Southern California where people, culture and our collective future matter.

GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. We bring together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families, providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all.

Additional information can be found at www.gridla.org

Groundbreaking Clean Energy Storage Initiative Passes California Senate

Bill to Create $1.4 billion in Consumer Rebates for Energy Storage Advances to the Assembly

Sacramento - The California Senate passed a bill that would give consumers more access to clean energy and provide the next critical piece for California to achieve its aggressive greenhouse gas and renewable energy goals. SB 700, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would increase availability of local, customer-sited energy storage for schools, farms, businesses and homes. 

“In California, we are pushing aggressive renewable energy goals because we know that fighting climate change means taking action now,” said Senator Wiener. “This bill will push us down the path to 100% renewable energy. To meet our goals, we need solar, storage, and other renewable energy resources in every city and neighborhood in California, not just those that can afford it. This bill will transform energy storage so that all can reap the benefits of clean, renewable energy.”

SB 700 would create a 10-year rebate program designed to grow the California local storage market and make storage more affordable for consumers.  The rebates would step down as more storage systems are installed and economies of scale are achieved, thereby driving down the installed cost of the systems. Local energy storage enables the integration of large amounts of renewable energy, creates value for consumers by helping them save money on energy bills, and increases grid reliability. 

“Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Scott Wiener, Californians are one step closer to taking control of their clean energy future,” said Laura Gray, energy storage policy advisor with the California Solar Energy Industries Association. “This bill would allow homes, businesses, schools and public buildings to use solar and renewable energy at all hours of the day and night. Using a combination of solar and storage, consumers will make the sun shine at night.”

“Energy storage is an essential tool to enable Californians to participate in achieving the Golden State’s critical renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and to curb our reliance on natural gas peaker plants,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California, the sponsor of SB 700. “With uncertainty on climate action at the federal level, it is even more important that California is now one step closer to demonstrating its clean energy leadership by transforming the energy storage market.”

The bill also takes many steps to ensure Californians across the state are participating in the clean energy economy and have access to this program. Specifically, the bill would dedicate a portion of rebate funding for underserved areas and low-income households. 

“The California Housing Partnership strongly supports SB 700. By setting aside 30 percent of incentives for low-income homes across the state, along with small businesses and public institutions in disadvantaged and low-income communities, this bill will empower Californians to equitably share in the benefits of energy storage,” said Stephanie Wang, policy director for the California Housing Partnership. “By prioritizing projects that will receive AB 693 Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs incentives, this bill will also support the long-term success of a key solar program for low-income California renters.”

The bill passed by a vote of 23 to 13 in the Senate. The bill now moves to the State Assembly. 

 

 

 

Bill to Extend Solar Thermal Program Passes Assembly

Bill to Incentivize Solar Energy to Reduce Natural Gas Use Advances to Senate

 

SACRAMENTO—The Assembly passed AB 797 (Irwin) by a vote of 48 to 22 yesterday afternoon.  The bill would extend consumer incentives for solar thermal technologies that reduce natural gas use in homes and buildings.  The bill is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to reduce natural gas use, meet greenhouse gas reduction goals, and support economic development.

"I am pleased the Assembly took the important step of passing this bill and sending it to the Senate," said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), author of the bill. "Using California's warm sunshine to do something as simple as heating water is sensible for our state and a key way to protect public health, clean up our air, and support local jobs."  

The largest markets for solar thermal technologies, such as solar water heaters, are multi-family housing buildings and commercial swimming pools, such as at schools and community centers. A typical residential solar hot water system can help homeowners reduce up to 80% of their natural gas use for water heating, and costs around $7,500.  Under the program extended by AB 797, consumers would receive a rebate that can be coupled with the 30% federal tax credit to reduce the overall cost of the system.

The bill reported out of the Assembly would extend the existing California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal program for two years to 2020, continuing the program seamlessly. The California solar thermal market is growing, especially in the multifamily housing sector – with 32% annual growth between 2015 and 2016 in natural gas savings. The bill would also target significant resources for solar thermal on low-income housing and buildings in disadvantaged communities.  

“To meet our statewide climate change goals, especially on the heating side of the equation, we need consistent programs that increase access to the sun for California homes and businesses,” said Kelly Knutsen, Senior Policy Advisor of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, cosponsor of AB 797. “We thank Assembly member Irwin for her strong leadership on this important issue.”

“There’s no better way to heat our water than by the sun, and AB 797 is critically needed to promote the continued growth of solar heating technologies,” added Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate with Environment California, the other cosponsor of the bill.  “The CSI-Thermal program is an essential part of how we can meet the challenges of our heavy natural gas use, and at the same time further the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.”

Solar thermal projects installed under the CSI-Thermal program reduced natural gas use across the state by over 5.6 million therms each year, equal to the annual amount of natural gas used to heat water for roughly 31,500 homes.  The program has offset over 30,000 metric tons of CO2(eq) annually, comparable to taking over 6,400 cars off the road each year.

RBI SOLAR, INC. Joins Industry Leaders in Growing California’s Solar Industry

RBI Solar, Inc. becomes newest CALSEIA member.

SACRAMENTO - RBI Solar, Inc. (“RBI Solar”)has become the newest member of the nation’s largest state solar power trade association, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).

“We are proud to have RBI Solar join CALSEIA to support its mission of expanding the use of clean, solar technologies throughout the state.  CALSEIA members are recognized as being true leaders in the California market as they promote high standards within the industry and advocate fair policies for solar consumers. We look forward to working closely with RBI Solar in continuing this work,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, RBI Solar has been manufacturing PV mounting systems since 2009.  Serving commercial, industrial, and utility-scale markets nationwide, RBI Solar is the leader in fixed-tilt ground-mounted and canopy racking solutions.

“RBI Solar is excited to join the solar professionals at CALSEIA, an organization at the forefront of solar policy progress. With offices and a manufacturing plant in Temecula, RBI Solar is proud to partner with CALSEIA to grow the solar energy market in California.” says Bill Vietas, President of RBI Solar. 

RBI Solar joins CALSEIA after being carefully vetted and approved through the association’s application process, which ensures member companies adhere to industry best practices.


Founded in 1977, CALSEIA, the California Solar Energy Industries Association, represents manufacturers, installers, financers, and distributors of solar panels and related components and technologies throughout the state.

 RBI Solar, Inc. is the leading turn-key supplier of solar mounting systems. As a specialist in ground mount, roof mount, carport, and landfill solar structures, RBI Solar focuses on providing the most robust solar racking systems, installation services, and project management capabilities to serve owners and integrators. RBI Solar has engineers and staff licensed in all 50 states and offers complete design, high-tech manufacturing, nationwide installation, and technical support to help solve the toughest challenges in the industry. Leveraging over 80 years of experience in the commercial design-build specialty structures market, RBI Solar works with its clients to identify the most economic and durable solar mounting solutions.

CALSEIA, Intersolar and SEMI 
to Host Summerfest at AT&T Park

Event celebrates CALSEIA’s 40th and Intersolar North America’s 10th Anniversaries; proceeds benefit CALSEIA’s work to promote smart solar in California

 

Sacramento – March 7 – CALSEIA is teaming up with Intersolar and SEMI to host California’s biggest-ever solar industry networking event, Summerfest 2017, at AT&T Park, home of San Francisco’s major league baseball team.

Summerfest is the official networking party of Intersolar and ees North America, and SEMICON West, the largest solar, energy storage and advanced electronics exhibitions in North America. The party, to be held on Tuesday, July 11, will celebrate CALSEIA’s 40th Anniversary and Intersolar’s 10th Anniversary and is expected to attract over 2,500 participants. 

“There’s nothing more all-American than solar energy and baseball,” said CALSEIA Executive Director Bernadette Del Chiaro. “It is going to be a very special night as we celebrate decades of championing solar energy together.” 

Summerfest is CALSEIA’s biggest fundraising event of the year. As CALSEIA’s largest donor and long-time supporter, Intersolar’s funding partnership helps CALSEIA to promote smart solar technologies, drive policy advocacy and create a strong voice for solar and energy storage markets in California and nationwide.  

“Intersolar is proud to be a major supporter of CALSEIA’s efforts to improve all facets of the markets it serves,” said Solar Promotion International's Managing Director Florian Wessendorf.  “We think this premier solar networking and fundraising event will be a blast for everyone,” added Daniel Strowitzki, CEO of FMMI International.

As an extra special feature, event attendees will be able to watch a live broadcast of the MLB All-Star Game, displayed on the AT&T Park jumbotron scoreboard and screens throughout the venue. Attendees can also enjoy food, beverages, dancing, stadium tours, and evenbatting practice in the underground batting cages. 

“It is an honor for SEMI to be a part of this exciting event that will bring together hundreds of solar and electronics enthusiasts for an unforgettable evening of fun and celebration,” said David Anderson, president of SEMI Americas. "SEMI looks forward to collaborating with Intersolar and CALSEIA and providing an excellent networking opportunity for our customers.”

Solar Summerfest will take place on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 5pm-10pm at AT&T Park. Tickets can be purchased at www.calseia.org, www.intersolar.us, or www.semiconwest.org. All proceeds support CALSEIA’s ongoing work to promote smart solar in California. Interested parties should contact CALSEIA for additional Summerfest sponsorship opportunities. 

About CALSEIA

Since 1977, CALSEIA has advanced the common interests of the solar industry, helping make California's solar market the most robust in the United States. Comprised of over four hundred contractors, manufacturers, distributors, developers, engineers, consultants and educational organizations, CALSEIA represents a diverse membership committed to growing the California solar industry, including storage and solar hot water technologies. CALSEIA engages with local and state decision makers to ensure California remains a solar energy leader through good public policy and regulations that provide clarity, transparency, and certainty. More at www.CALSEIA.org. 

About Intersolar

With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry. With more than 25 years of experience, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together members of the solar industry from across the world’s most influential markets. Intersolar is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM).

For more information on Intersolar, please visit: www.intersolarglobal.com

About SEMI

SEMI® connects nearly 2,000 member companies and 250,000 professionals worldwide annually to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members grow, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.semi.org and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Contact: Meghan Vincent-Jones, CALSEIA Marketing and Development Director, 916-228-4567 or Meghan@calseia.org 

SUN SOLAR ELECTRIC Joins Industry Leaders in Growing California’s Solar Industry

SUN SOLAR ELECTRIC becomes newest CALSEIA member.

SACRAMENTO - SUN SOLAR ELECTRIC has become the newest member of the nation’s largest state solar power trade association, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).

“We are proud to have SUN SOLAR ELECTRIC join CALSEIA to support its mission of expanding the use of clean, solar technologies throughout the state.  CALSEIA members are recognized as being true leaders in the California market as they promote high standards within the industry and advocate fair policies for solar consumers. We look forward to working closely with SUN SOLAR ELECTRIC in continuing this work,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA.

We are a locally owned and operated company who hires only certified local technicians, we have a combined experience over 45 years in our respected fields. We started business in 2012 but have been working in the solar field for over 10 years and are ready to go for the next 30 + years. We are located in Petaluma California @ 1364 North McDowell Blvd. We provide electrical and solar services ranging from commercial through residential and agricultural, we install new solar systems and repair old solar systems as well as anything electrical at ones home? Our work area is vast, we work from Fresno all the way up to Eureka. Our immediate working area is Sonoma County, Marin County and the city of San Francisco.

We are excited to offer our skills and minds on any topic that could help increase customer awareness of solar as well as save the earth one solar panel at a time.   

We found it important to join CALSEIA so we can have a voice in our local community in regards to solar and help the solar industry flourish in the years to come.

SUN SOLAR ELECTRIC joins CALSEIA after being carefully vetted and approved through the association’s application process, which ensures member companies adhere to industry best practices.


Founded in 1977, CALSEIA, the California Solar Energy Industries Association, represents manufacturers, installers, financers, and distributors of solar panels and related components and technologies throughout the state.

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aleo solar Joins Industry Leaders in Growing California’s Solar Industry

aleo solar becomes newest CALSEIA member.

 

SACRAMENTO - aleo solar has become the newest member of the nation’s largest state solar power trade association, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).

“We are proud to have aleo solar join CALSEIA to support its mission of expanding the use of clean, solar technologies throughout the state.  CALSEIA members are recognized as being true leaders in the California market as they promote high standards within the industry and advocate fair policies for solar consumers. We look forward to working closely with aleo solar in continuing this work,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA.

aleo solar was founded in 2001 in Germany and is part of Sino-American Silicon Parts group since 2014. The company is focused on the production of high efficiency solar panels based on best-in class PERC technology and seeks to expand its footprint in California, where it is operating already, as well as in the entire country.

“We are pleased to join a powerful institution like CALSEIA to support California’s leadership in solar energy. We are also excited to bring to the US the market leading Made in Germany PERC technology. As rooftop owners seek to get the maximum power out of each square meter, we are convinced that our 60-cells 310W modules, together with industry leading 25 years product guarantee will create value for those looking for premium and reliable technologies. Joining CALSEIA is then a proof of our long term commitment towards American consumers.” declares William Chen, CEO of aleo solar.

aleo solar joins CALSEIA after being carefully vetted and approved through the association’s application process, which ensures member companies adhere to industry best practices.


Founded in 1977, CALSEIA, the California Solar Energy Industries Association, represents manufacturers, installers, financers, and distributors of solar panels and related components and technologies throughout the state.

aleo solar GmbH produces high-performance modules in Prenzlau (Brandenburg, Germany) and is a system provider for the international photovoltaic market. With around 330 employees and manufacturing experience since 2001, the company has an excellent know-how in module production. Since 2014 aleo solar belongs to the wafer and solar cell manufacturer SAS (Sino American Silicon Products Inc.) headquartered in Taiwan Hsinchu. Thus, aleo solar is part of a powerful solar manufacturer, which maps the entire photovoltaic value chain, from development and production of high-performance ingots, wafers and cells to the delivery of the solar module.

CALSEIA Welcomes New Board Members and New Board President

Industry Leaders from Diverse Backgrounds Join Board of Directors

 

Sacramento, CA — December 22, 2016 — The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), the state’s oldest and largest solar industry organization, welcomes five leaders to its fifteen-member board of directors. The new board members were officially seated during the organization’s fourth quarter board meeting on December 8, 2016 in San Diego.

 

The five new board members are:

       Cathleen Monahan, senior programs director, GRID Alternatives, a leading nonprofit making solar energy and job training accessible to underserved communities.

       Gina Heng, vice president and general manager, photovoltaic division, Mitsubishi Electric US, a leading PV module manufacturer headquartered in Cypress, CA.

       John Berdner, vice president of regulatory and policy Strategy, Enphase Energy, a global inverter manufacturer with headquarters in Petaluma, CA.

       Norm Nielsen, CEO, Chico Electric, a leading contractor that specializes in commercial and agricultural clean energy project developments.

       Walker Wright, vice president, policy and strategy Development, Green Charge Networks, an ENGIE company.

 

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these five outstanding industry leaders to our board,” said CALSEIA's Executive Director Bernadette Del Chiaro. “They represent the growing diversity of the California solar industry and, through their service, will help to guide and ensure the continued strength and growth of the California solar market.”

 

CALSEIA’s board of directors is elected by the organization’s membership. Election to the board reflects a respect among industry peers and an acknowledgement that these individuals can be trusted to make decisions that benefit the entire solar industry.

 

In addition to the election of new board members, CALSEIA also elected new officers. Ed Murray, president of Aztec Solar based in Rancho Cordova, replaces Rick Reed of SunEarth, as CALSEIA’s board president. Jeanine Cotter, president of Luminalt in San Francisco, was re-elected vice president of the board. Sanjay Ranchod, vice president of policy and electricity markets and regulatory counsel for SolarCity, was elected board treasurer. Benjamin Airth, senior manager of renewables at the Center for Sustainable Energy, was elected secretary.

 

The other members of the CALSEIA board are: 

       Allison Duffy, strategic account manager, Yaskawa-Solectria Solar

       Gary Gerber, president and CEO, Sun Light & Power

       Jeff Spies, senior policy policy, Quick Mount PV

       Les Nelson, vice president, solar heating and cooling Programs, IAPMO

       Pat Redgate, president, AMECO Solar

 

 “Solar remains one of the bright spots in California’s economy, and the strong leadership of CALSEIA’s board of directors will be critical to our continued growth,” Del Chiaro said. “We thank them all for their service.”

 

CALSEIA also thanks its outgoing directors — Cecilia Aguillon of Kyocera, Hilary Pearson of Sungevity, Aaron Thurlow of SolFuture LLC, Bill Stewart of SolarCraft, and Nic Stover, formerly of CalCom — for their leadership and service to the organization. 

PG&E Begins NEM 2.0

Steady Market Growth Leads to NEM Transition on Expected Timeline

San Francisco—Pacific Gas and Electric today reached its 2409 MW cap for offering the original net metering tariff to customers. Starting tomorrow, PG&E customers will be interconnected under “NEM 2.0.”

“The lead-up to the transition has been smooth,” said CALSEIA Policy Director Brad Heavner. “There was not a big surge in interconnections as PG&E approached the cap, so the transition did not come suddenly and catch customers off guard.”

The net metering successor tariff requires new solar customers to pay a one-time application fee, which is $145 for PG&E, and increases the assessment of charges for public purpose programs. The latter is the equivalent of reducing the value of NEM credits by approximately 2 cents/kWh. In addition, residential customers will need to be on one of three available time-of-use rate plans.

CALSEIA estimates the combined impact for a typical residential solar customer will be in the neighborhood of ten dollars per month compared to NEM-1. Customers that already have solar will not be subject to the new charges and will continue to have the original net metering tariff for the first 20 years of operation of their solar systems.

“The industry should be prepared for some hesitation in the market as the new tariff sinks in, but I expect it to be short-lived because NEM-2 continues to offer substantial value to most customers,” added Heavner.

Southern California Edison still has more than 500 MW of capacity available under NEM-1. CALSEIA does not expect the cap to be reached before the deadline for the transition to NEM-2. SCE customers can therefore expect to take service under the current net metering tariff if they interconnect by June 30, 2017.

CALSEIA Welcomes Parker Murray as New Marketing Director

SACRAMENTO — The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) announces the addition of Parker Murray as its new Marketing Director, and bids farewell to outgoing Marketing and Membership Director Kelsea Jones. 

Parker Murray rejoins the CALSEIA staff as the incoming Marketing Director. Parker will focus his work on organizing CALSEIA’s multiple networking, training, and fundraising events, as well as directing the organization’s general marketing efforts. Parker served as Deputy Executive Director from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Murray holds an Industrial Design degree from Swarthmore College. 

“CALSEIA welcomes Parker back into the fold after taking a few years off to complete his degree,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA. “We are thrilled to work with Parker again, to build up CALSEIA, and to strengthen the California solar industry.”

Kelsea Jones joined CALSEIA in 2012 and has served primarily as the Marketing and Membership Director since. Under Kelsea’s leadership, CALSEIA’s membership has grown fourfold, from 100 members in 2013, to over 400 members today. She also brought new and innovative ideas to the networking, training, and fundraising events that CALSEIA organizes throughout the year. Kelsea will be moving to Sydney, Australia to become the Director of Sales & Marketing USA and Australia for Green Unicorns.

“Kelsea put a lot of hard work and passion into making CALSEIA and, by extension, California’s solar industry stronger,” said Del Chiaro. “We wish her the best of luck ‘down under’ and thank her for all her service over these past four years.”

 

 

California Commission Rejects Utility Challenge to Net Metering

Utilities’ Attempt to Block Solar Tariff Rebuked in Commission Resolution

San Francisco—The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a decision rejecting all legal challenges to recently adopted net energy metering rules for solar customers.

In January, the CPUC established an uncapped net metering “successor tariff” that will apply to all new solar customers of PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E by July 2017. The decision made significant reforms to ensure the successor tariff is sustainable, with increased assessment of non-bypassable charges and mandatory time of use (TOU) rates for residential customers. Based on an extensive evidentiary record, the decision maintained the fundamental structure of NEM and rejected new fees and low compensation rates proposed by the utilities.

The utilities responded to the CPUC’s January decision by filing “applications for rehearing,” which allege that the decision contained legal error and must be modified. PG&E’s application challenged the decision as a whole. The application from SCE and SDG&E challenged certain aspects. A ratepayer group, TURN, and a coalition of utility unions also challenged parts of the decision.

The CPUC order, issued last Tuesday, rejects those legal challenges and makes two minor tweaks to the language supporting the decision without changing any elements of the decision.

“This was a frivolous legal maneuver by utilities, paid for by ratepayers, and the Commission appropriately has put an end to it,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association. “California utilities should stop using ratepayer money to block the very same ratepayers from having the choice to go solar.”

“The CPUC protected consumer choice back in January and again with this decision,” added Del Chiaro.