NEM 2.0

The CPUC has a deadline of December to issue a decision on NEM 2.0. This webinar explores the issues in play so you can get up to speed on potential outcomes.

What types of fees have been proposed? What is the likelihood that various bad proposals will be adopted? When will the utilities meet their caps, and how will the transition be handled?

Contract Bootcamp for PV Integrators

Contracts define the parties’ rights and obligations on any project.  They’re also the best way to limit or increase liability.  This webinar teaches the basic Do’s and Don’ts for solar contractors and will cover residential and commercial projects, as well as the very important contract requirements imposed by the Contractor State License Board.


Donald Simon, Attorney, Wendel, Simon, Black & Dean LLP

Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Regulations

Starting May 1st, CAL/OSHA will begin enforcing new regulations to prevent heat illness. These new regulations amend existing heat illness prevention standards. There are some new provisions and some grey areas that you will want to be aware of to avoid citation.

Bernadette Del Chiaro
Executive Director, CALSEIA         

Dan Leacox
Senior Director, Greenberg Traurig

Jesse Elliott
Senior Director of Safety and Quality, REC Solar

Carlos Ramirez
Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety, SolarCity

Log into your CALSEIA member account to download the webinar

UL 2703: What the New ANSI PV Racking Code Means to You

On January 28, 2015, UL 2703 achieved ANSI accreditation. This new standard addresses mechanical loading, bonding and grounding integrity, and corrosion characteristics for PV racking systems. Los Angeles County has already started requiring that all PV systems be certified to this standard and over the coming year, many more jurisdictions will follow LA County. Tune into this webinar to learn how this standard will impact your installations and what you can do now to avoid permitting problems in the months ahead.

Jeff Spies
Sr. Director of Policy, Quick Mount PV
Mostafa Kashe
Chief Electrical Inspector at Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Christopher Flueckiger,
PE – Renewable Energy Dept., UL LLC.
Mark C. Gies
Vice President, Reliability and Compliance, PanelClaw

California’s New Community Solar Program

How Does It Work? What Are the Opportunities?


In January, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision creating an “enhanced community renewables” program for the California IOUs.

Restrictions and financial details will make it very challenging to develop projects under the program, but there may be viable opportunities now and a process is already underway to modify the rules.

This webinar will inform the solar industry of the program details so that you can evaluate opportunities for project development, and provide input on how the program will need to evolve.

Brad Heavner, Policy Director, CALSEIA         

Susannah Churchill
West Coast Regional Director, Vote Solar

Michael Wheeler
Vice President of Policy Initiatives, Recurrent Energy

Financing Webinar II: Solar Financing Options

CALSEIA is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to offer a webinar for solar installers hoping to learn more about financing options available in California for residential solar.  The webinar will provide an update on the state of the residential solar market, present research on consumer psychology associated with making the decision to go solar, and host a panel on a variety of financing options available in California.


Ben Sigrin

Project Development & Finance Advisory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Brett Weal

Principal, CohnReznick

Mark Tsimanis

Chief Lending Officer, Matadors Community Credit Union


Jeremy Epstein

Principal, Harcourt Brown & Carey

New Fire Code Requirements

As California's Solar Industry Association, it is our job to alert, educate, and prepare the industry when important and fast-approaching changes, like the new fire code requirements, are imminent. That is why we are organizing tomorrow's webinar on the new 1703 changes coming down the pike in less than six months. You need to know about these changes. Join our webinar now. 

California Rate Change Proposals

The New Landscape Starts Today

Changes to electric rates will bring new opportunities and new challenges. Make sure you are giving accurate information to customers and positioning your company for growth in a changing environment.

What do proposed rate changes mean for the value proposition of solar? Find out in this webinar.

Brad Heavner, CALSEIA Policy Director
Jason Keyes, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP 

21st Century Permitting in California: Today’s Effort to Modernize Permitting and Slash Soft Costs

There are nearly 500 different cities and towns in California and each have different permitting rules and processes for rooftop solar energy systems. This balkanized approach to permitting has caused unnecessary cost increases and interconnection delays. Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown has set a goal of installing 12 GW of distributed generation by 2020 and the state has ambitious carbon reduction goals that will necessitate continued emergence of a localized carbon-free grid. Nationally, the Department of Energy has continued funding local state-based projects to tackle the issue of permitting soft costs in states beyond California. In 2014, to bring California’s permitting process to the 21st Century, solar advocates are converging on a state-wide effort to establish one single over-the-counter permit for every city and town in California to use to permit the vast majority of rooftop solar systems. This single permit would be accessed through one state-run web-based portal to guide a simple, efficient and cost-effective permitting process for both local governments and the solar industry alike. At this webinar, we will discuss California’s efforts to reduce soft costs associated with permitting and how these efforts might dovetail and/or influence the rest of the country. 


Christian Hoepfner
Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, U.S.

Bernadette Del Chiaro
Executive Director, CALSEIA, U.S

Jesse Morris
Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), U.S.

Don't Get Burned. Learn About New Fire Code (UL 1703) Requirements and Compliance Options

California recently adopted a new code requirement that all PV modules be given the same class rating (A, B, or C) as the roof upon which they are to be installed. A Class A roof has to have a Class A PV module. While the new 1703 will allow for Class C modules to be rated as Class A when installed in specific configurations on specific roof types, or with specific modifications, the old 1703 requires the testing and rating only of the module itself.  
This change in state building code is dependent on an updated UL 1703 testing procedure that will test the whole solar PV configuration (racking and module) and give the whole system a Class A, B or C rating. As such, Class C modules could, if installed properly, qualify as Class A system for fire-prone regions. 
While this change in code is not controversial in and of itself, the fact of the matter is, the code took effect before UL, or any other lab, has had a chance to test and certify many, if any, PV modules under the new standard, which includes testing of modules and roofing as a system.
Join this webinar to learn more about these new changes, where they are taking effect, and what lies ahead in terms of providing alternative compliance options until proper testing can be done. Experts from Solar ABC’s will explain exactly how these regulations will affect the solar industry and how a Class C module can receive a Class A rating under the new UL 1703 test. 


  • Bill Brooks, President, Brooks Engineering
  • Larry Sherwood, Vice President and COO, Interstate Renewable Energy Council 
  • Chris Flückiger, UL
  • Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director, CALSEIA