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SoCal Edison (Still) Offers the Best Solar Rebate in California: Here's Why

If you're a residential customer of Southern California Edison (SCE), you've got more than SoCal's sunny days to be happy about. You're also sitting on what is arguably the state's best solar rebate. We've discussed this before. But, looking at the numbers this morning, I could help but mention it again.

Here's the deal. In 2006, the state's public utilities commission launched the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a multi-year program aimed at providing more than $3 billion in incentives to solar-energy projects through 2016. The program was broken up into ten "steps," each representing a certain amount solar power (in megawatts, or MW). According to the program structure, as more solar gets installed, the incentive level is reduced. Like this:

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Porterville Solar Power Plant Near Completion in California

Southern California Edison (SCE) -- one of California's three major investor owned utilities (IOUs) -- is just about finished with construction of a 29,000-panel solar energy plant in Porterville, California that, when completed, should produce enough energy to power 4,300 homes in Porterville each year.

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California Governor Schwarzenegger Declares October 'Solar Energy Month'

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared October "Solar Energy Month" in California, the state with the most installed solar energy capacity in the nation. To help celebrate, the utility Southern California Edison (SCE) will host several events around California throughout the month.

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After Panel Approval, Ivanpah Solar Project Open to Public Comment

One of the main arguments put forth by those opposed to the Ivanpah solar thermal project in California's Mojave Desert is that the negative environmental impact of the plant would be too great. On August 3, a panel of the California Energy Commission (CEC) weighed in.

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Southern California Edison Signs 60MW in Rooftop Solar Deals

Coming to us via a press release is news that Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded contracts totaling nearly 60 megawatts' worth of solar electric projects. According to agreements signed with a number of independent power producers -- like Tioga Solar, SunEdison Utility Solutions, Photon LLC and others -- solar panels will be installed on 31 rooftops and five ground-mounted sites across SCE's service territory.

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Summer Tips from SCE to Keep Cool in California and Beyond

Southern California Edison (SCE), one of California's three major utilities, has been recognized by multiple environmental organizations for its work in the realm of energy efficiency. One of those organizations is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). So if you don't want to listen to GetSolar when it comes to energy saving tips, listen to THEM!

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In California, Utilities Likely to Miss Renewables Targets

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, July 13 2010 under: SCE, SDG&E, PGE, California Solar, Utility Solar

The midnight hour is fast approaching for the three major California utilities. According to state law, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are by 2010 supposed to meet 20 percent of their retail electricity sales using renewable resources, like solar, wind and geothermal. It's increasingly clear this ai'nt gonna happen.

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California Solar Initiative Making Good Progress, CPUC Says

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, July 12 2010 under: SCE, California Solar Initiative, CPUC, SDG&E, PGE, CSI, Utility Solar

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week issued its annual assessment of the California Solar Initiative, a $2.2 billion effort to install 1,940 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity across the state by 2016. On balance, the commission's findings are positive:

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Southern California Energy Efficiency & Bill Assistance

Posted by Margaret Collins In Sunday, April 4 2010 under: SCE, california, Energy Efficiency & Green Building

Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Southern California Gas Company (the Gas Company) have announced a joint effort to help their customers reduce--and in some cases, to pay--their monthly energy bills. Recognizing that in the on-going economic crisis, many households are falling behind on their bills or are looking for ways to cut down on spending, the two utilities want to emphasize that there are programs to help.

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Southern California Edison Offers Free Solar Classes

Posted by Margaret Collins In Thursday, March 4 2010 under: SCE, Solar Homes, Solar Training, California Solar

The California Solar Initiative offers solar rebates through the state's investor-owned utilities. Currently, Southern California Edison (SCE) has the highest remaining rebate levels, at $1.90/watt (EPBB) for residential customers. To further facilitate solar adoption among its customer base, SCE announced today that it would be offering free educational classes on solar energy at locations throughout Southern California.

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