The California Solar Initiative: Cost Trends in Customer-Sited PV Installations and the Impact of Retail Rate Design on the Economics of PV Systems

January 9, 2007 - 12:00pm
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California's new solar initiative will dedicate over $3 billion of public funds to support the installation of customer-sited solar installations in the state over the next 10 years, principally in the form of residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. These efforts build from historical programs that have made California the third largest PV market in the world, behind Germany and Japan. This talk will summarize recent efforts at Berkeley Lab to advise the state's energy agencies in the design of these programs. After summarizing the California Solar Initiative, the talk will focus on two distinct analytic efforts undertaken by Berkeley Lab researchers: (1) a detailed statistical analysis of trends in the installed cost of PV systems in California, based on a dataset of nearly 19,000 installed and proposed PV projects in the state; and (2) preliminary results from in-progress research that explores the impact of retail rate design on the customer-economics of commercial photovoltaic systems in California.

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