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Rate-design wars are the sound of utilities taking residential PV seriously

Severin Borenstein, professor of business | November 12, 2013

Imagine walking into your supermarket with a bag of zucchini from your garden and saying that you’d like to trade them straight up for an equal quantity of zucchini next month. The store manager would explain that they aren’t in the business of making wholesale purchases at such small scale, and that when they do … Continue reading »

The California Solar Initiative is ending. What has it left behind?

Severin Borenstein, professor of business | June 18, 2013

Nearly all the money has been spent, and the California Solar Initiative is winding down.  The direct CSI subsidy for installing photovoltaic (PV) panels on your house, which started at $2.50 per watt (of installed peak capacity) is now just $0.20 per watt.  As of last week, the program has spent about $1.68 billion on … Continue reading »