the California Energy Commission and been approved by the
CEC to be placed on the Eligible California Solar Initiative (CSI)
Photovoltaic Modules Renewables Equipment List. The move makes the company the first CPV manufacturer to be listed by the commission and thus eligible for state incentives.
This listing assures
customers that the solar equipment has been thoroughly tested for
safety and performance and meets the requirements of the CEC and
California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). It is also required for residential, commercial, and
large-scale utility buyers to qualify for rebates against the cost of
installing new solar equipment as part of the CPUC’s CSI incentive programs and CEC’s Solar Homes Partnership. Only
equipment listed by the CEC is eligible for these incentives.
“Not only is this an
important achievement for SolFocus as we have reached the phase of
commercialization of our CPV systems,” said Mark Crowley, who joined the Mountain View, CA-based CPV company as president in August. “But the thumbs up from the CEC is another proof point
that CPV technology is a serious, scalable source of clean, renewable
SolFocus’ panels, which employ a system of imaging and nonimaging reflective optics to
achieve 500X magnification of sunlight onto high-efficiency
solar cells, have been integrated with a tracking system and are being deployed at the world’s first full-scale CPV power plant at the Institute of Concentration Photovoltaic Systems (ISFOC) in Spain.
— Tom Cheyney