California Solar Market Report

California Solar Market Report
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California has maintained its position as the top solar market in the U.S with 15,637 MW of capacity installed by the end of 2020.

Even though California’s Net Metering Program 2.0 (NEM-2) was not as favorable as NEM-1, the state has maintained its strong solar trajectory in recent years.

California was one of the first states to establish a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) program in 2002. The latest amendment to the RPS came in 2018, which increased the target to 60% by 2030 and 100% by 2045. While there are no specific solar carve outs, it is regarded as a key energy resource to decarbonize the state’s electricity system. 

This is evident with the passing of A.B 178, known as the California solar mandate. The act enforces a new building code that requires newly constructed homes after January 1, 2020 to have a solar energy system installed. The code applies to both single-family and multi-family homes that are up to three stories high.

Unfortunately, solar incentives are generally dwindling across the state. For example, once a key driver in boosting solar in California, the state eventually closed down the California Solar Initiative (CSI) in 2016 due to the significant decrease in the price of solar. However, some smaller incentives are still available through the initiative, particularly for low-and-moderate income customers.

The biggest threat to the state’s solar industry is the upcoming update to the net metering program in January 2022. While all the details have not been finalized, NEM-3 may significantly reduce earnings from solar, which could lead to a decrease in installed capacity over the next half of the decade.

Despite there being very few active solar incentives still available from the state, solar power purchase agreement (PPA) prices continue to be favorable in California. In particular, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program makes small-to-large scale solar projects extremely advantageous. California’s retail and wholesale electricity prices remain among the highest in the country, making it even easier for solar PPA prices to be competitive in the market.

Why market research?

As local markets change dynamically and policies remain difficult to navigate, clean energy organizations are currently forced to choose between the overwhelming flow of free information and high-priced market intelligence subscriptions that are often too expensive for small- and medium-sized firms.

At DG+, we provide succinct information that cuts through the noise and gets to the point. Reports include details on current events, opportunities and challenges, policy summaries, pricing analysis, and market share data.

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California Solar Market Report

Q3 2021
$ 95 

The DG+ California Solar Report provides a summary of the current incentives, solar pricing, projected solar capacity, and an overview of the developers that lead the market.

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Inside This Report

What's included in
this report.

  • Contents
  • Highlights
  • Recent News
  • Opportunities
  • Challenges
  • Policy
  • Enacted Legislation
  • CA RPS Goals, by Year
  • State Policy Checklist
  • Market Size
  • Cumulative Grid-Connected Installed PV Capacity by Year (MW)
  • New Capacity by Utility (MW), May 2020 - April 2021
  • Solar Industry Jobs by Type, 2019
  • Installed Capacity by Zipcode, May 2020 - April 2021
  • Utility Briefs
  • Residential BTM Utility Leaderboard, May 2020 - April 2021
  • Front-of-Meter Utility Leaderboard, May 2020 - April 2021
  • Non-Residential BTM Utility Leaderboard, May 2020 - April 2021
  • Utility Service Territories
  • LADWP Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Program Pricing Table
  • LADWP Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Program Tranche Segmentation
  • Pricing Estimates
  • PPA Pricing Methodology
  • Pricing in California
  • PPA Pricing by Project Size
  • Inputs and Assumptions
  • CA Estimated PPA Pricing, by Capacity (c/kWh)
  • Market Share
  • Residential BTM Market Leaderboard, May 2020 - April 2021
  • Non-Residential BTM Market Leaderboard (> 20 kW), May 2020 - April 2021
  • Utility Front-of-Meter Market Leaderboard, 2020 - 2021
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