The California Solar Initiative – CSI
The California Solar Initiative offers cash back for installing solar on your home or business.
California is striving to create megawatts of new solar-generated electricity, moving the state towards a clean energy future. And you can help!
Join the thousands of home and business owners who have earned cash back rebates by installing solar energy systems through the California Solar Initiative. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations.
Do I qualify?
If you buy electricity from one of California’s three investor-owned utilities (IOUs – Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, or San Diego Gas & Electric), and you have roof or ground space that gets unobstructed sunlight from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round, you qualify for cash back incentives through the California Solar Initiative. Customers of municipal utilities also qualify for incentives through their municipal service provider.
If you don’t know your utility company, you can find them via this searchable database.
What Do I Do Next?
Earning incentives for solar energy is simple. Just follow these five easy steps:
Step 1: Energy Efficiency Audit
Complete an energy efficiency audit and make sure to take advantage of all the cost-effective ways to save energy and money in your home or business.
Step 2: Find a Solar Installer
Qualified contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home or business.
Step 3: Apply for Rebates
Qualified contractors will handle the CSI application process for your rebates in two or three steps.
Step 4: Install Your System
If you have received your reservation confirmation letter, you’re ready to install your system and interconnect to the utility’s power grid.
Step 5: Claim Your Incentive
When your project is installed and operational you may submit the Incentive Claim Form.
Ready to Get Started?
Contact your Program Administrator today to apply for a solar incentive.