Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Solar Energy System Incentives (Senate Bill 1)

Docket Number: 07-SB-1


Senate Bill 1 (Murray, Chapter 132, Statutes of 2006) enacts Governor Schwarzenegger's Million Solar Roofs Initiative and expands upon the current California Solar Initiative (CSI) and the Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP).

The statute adds sections to the Public Resource Code that require building projects applying for ratepayer-funded incentives for photovoltaic (PV) systems to meet minimum energy efficiency levels and recommends that PV system components and installations meet rating standards and specific performance requirements.

Senate Bill 1 states three specific expectations to be met to qualify for the ratepayer-funded incentives made available through the bill:

  • High-quality, solar energy systems with maximum system performance to promote the highest energy production per ratepayer dollar.
  • Optimal system performance during periods of peak demand.
  • Appropriate energy efficiency improvements in new and existing homes, or in commercial structures where solar energy systems are installed.

Senate Bill 1 is an extensive, multi-faceted legislation that covers many other matters besides the eligibility criteria, conditions for incentives and rating standards. The Energy Commission's proceeding and its subsequent report will not address those other matters.

For more information on the CSI and the NSHP, please visit the Go Solar California! website

For more information, please contact:

Jim Folkman
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-45
Sacramento, CA 95814
E-mail: Jim.Folkman@energy.ca.gov
Phone: 916 654-5116

Members of the news media, please contact:

Media and Public Communications Office
E-mail: mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov


The Seventh Edition of the SB 1 guidelines have been approved.The guidelines became effective upon adoption, December 10, 2018.

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