California regulators have expanded the state’s California Solar Initiative Thermal Program in an effort to provide enhanced incentives for solar heating and cooling technologies</a>, reports FierceEnergy.com. Expanded eligibility includes process heat applications and solar cooling, as well as commercial and single-family combination water- and space-heating units.

In addition to accepting new technologies, the California Public Utilities Commission Order also modifies the way program rebates are paid by implementing a performance-based system.