In order to be added to the Eligible Contractor list for the CSI-Thermal program, you must attend a one-day CSI Thermal (Solar Water Heating) Program Workshop training workshop
to learn about the application process and CSI-Thermal Program requirements. When you have completed the workshop, the instructor will provide you with a passcode which you can use to register on the CSI-Thermal site
and submit rebate applications for your customers.
Please note, all contractors must have an active A, B, C-4, C-36 or C-46 contractor's license and be in accordance with all Contractor State License Board (CSLB) rules and regulations. For more information regarding California licensing requirements please visit the Contractors State License Board website
. Your Role in the Process
As an eligible contractor, your customers will rely on you to be a source of information about the system, the installation process and the energy efficiency of their home. When you meet with a potential customer, check to make sure they have completed their Energy Efficiency audit. If not, you can help them understand how reducing their overall energy consumption is good for the environment and can help them save money in the long run. You should also review different technology options with them that will be well suited for their home or business and meet their Solar Water Heating needs. Customer Eligibility
To qualify for the CSI-Thermal program, customers must heat their water with gas or electricity provided by PG&E, SDG&E, SCE or SoCal Gas. Customers who heat their water using propane must be electric customers of PG&E, SDG&E, or SCE. Complete program guidelines can be found in the CSI-Thermal Program Handbook
In order to be eligible for the CSI-Thermal Program, solar water heating equipment must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC)
or the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
. For single family homes, equipment with an SRCC OG-300 rating must be installed. For commercial or multi-family buildings, equipment with an SRCC OG-100 rating must be installed. Rebate and Application Information
As the contractor, you are responsible for submitting the rebate application for your customer. CSI-Thermal rebate amounts are based on the customer’s system type, class (e.g., residential or commercial) and water-heating fuel source (e.g., gas or electric). Rebates are highest in the early part of the program and decrease as more applications are received. Learn more about the rebate structure and current rebate levels
Rebate applications must be submitted online at www.csithermal.com
. The rebate application for a single-family home should be submitted after the installation is complete. For commercial or multi-family buildings, all paperwork—including the application to reserve rebate funds—should be submitted to PG&E before you begin the installation process. When the installation is complete, you may request the rebate payment for the finished product.