The CSI program was designed to decrease every six months based on a calculation of market demand, with an incentive that is calculated for each job based on a model of potential output based on location, shade, angle, and orientation, with quality assurance. The program stood in as a proxy for market forced and real performance, and created a data set that allowed the transition to energy service contracts and market forces.
We should all be watching his exciting transition from a performance based public grant program, into a market that is attracting hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment and has created a value proposition that makes sense for consumers (buy guaranteed results and no risk), as well as making quality something driven not just by regulation but instead by markets mitigating risk.
This path from program to markets is also the goal of market transformation programs utilizing performance-based incentives in energy efficiency sector (such as California's Energy Upgrade California program). The goal is for market forces to step in and replace rebate programs with capacity markets and private capital investment.
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