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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued its annual report on the progress of the California Solar Initiative (CSI), showing that the program has 1.629 GW of installed solar capacity at 167,878 customer sites in investor-owned utility service areas through the end of the first quarter of 2013.

The commission says installed solar capacity represents 66% of its total goal, with another 19% in pending projects.

Highlights of the report include the following:

- A record 391 MW were installed statewide in 2012, a growth of 26% from 2011.

- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has met 70% of its non-residential installation goal.

- Applicants to the low-income portion of CSI, known as the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes program, have received $64 million in support for their residential solar systems, while the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program has completed 287 projects representing a total capacity of 18.4 MW. There are an additional 83 MASH projects in progress, for a total capacity of 11.3 MW.

- All but 92 MW - 6% - of solar capacity in the state is signed up for net energy metering (NEM) tariffs. Pursuant to Assembly Bill 2514 (Bradford, 2012) and CPUC Decision 12-05-036, the CPUC has initiated a study on the costs and benefits of NEM to ratepayers. The study will be released later this year.


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