Low Income Programs

 

An outline and details of low income focused California Solar Power Programs

Background

After the passage of SB 1, which set forth specific California Solar Initiative (CSI) program requirements, and AB 2723, which codified a requirement that not less than 10 percent of overall CSI funds be used for installations of solar systems on low-income residential housing, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) earmarked 10 percent of its $2.2 billion budget for solar programs for low-income housing. The CPUC chose to create individual solar programs for single-family low-income homes and multifamily low-income buildings.
Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing Program

On November 16, 2007, the CPUC issued Decision 07-01-045, creating a $108 million Single-Family Low Income Incentive Program within the CSI. The Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program will provide higher incentives to offset the project costs of installing solar on low income single family homes in California. GRID Alternatives will be the statewide SASH Program Manager. At this time, the SASH program is under development. For more information, please contact GRID Alternatives at 510-652-4730, or visit their website.
Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program

The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program provides higher incentives to offset the project costs of installing solar on multifamily affordable housing buildings in California. The goal of the MASH is to incorporate high levels of energy efficiency and high performing solar systems to help enhance the overall quality of affordable housing.

MASH Track 1:

Provides fixed rebates based on the size and expected performance of the system installed. Incentives range from $3.30-$4.00 per watt depending on whether common area load or tenant load is offset.

Status: Closed, no longer accepting applications

MASH Track 2:

Provides higher, grant-style incentives for including additional tenant benefits:

Direct Financial Benefit
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Outreach and Education
Green Job Training or Creation

Status: The fourth Track 2 incentive funding cycle, scheduled to begin on January 1, 2011 is postponed. The CPUC has recently approved a request to postpone the fourth application cycle of Track 2 for the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program. The request came as a result of the CPUC issued Scoping Memo and Ruling of Assigned Commissioner and Administrative Law Judges, and Request for Comment on Phase I Issues that includes a recommendation to reallocate all unreserved Track 2 incentives fund to Track 1, which would reopen with reduced incentives. It is anticipated that the CPUC will rule on this matter in the first quarter of 2011. The fourth MASH Track 2 incentive application cycle was scheduled to begin January 1, 2011; however, it has been postponed to preserve funding until the Commission has time to rule on the above matter.
What’s New
Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program Update

The CPUC has recently approved a request to postpone the fourth application cycle of Track 2 for the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program. The request came as a result of the CPUC issued Scoping Memo and Ruling of Assigned Commissioner and Administrative Law Judges, and Request for Comment on Phase I Issues that includes a recommendation to reallocate all unreserved Track 2 incentives fund to Track 1, which would reopen with reduced incentives. It is anticipated that the CPUC will rule on this matter in the first quarter of 2011. The fourth MASH Track 2 incentive application cycle was scheduled to begin January 1, 2011; however, it has been postponed to preserve funding until the Commission has time to rule on the above matter.

As of October 26, 2009, the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program has received applications for more than the allotted $32.9M in Track 1 and all new applications will be placed on a Wait List and funded through Track 1 attrition. Please note that after December 31, 2009 (received, not postmarked) PG&E will not accept new applications for the MASH Track 1 Wait List.

In addition, please let us know if you have any reserved applications that are no longer proceeding and need to be cancelled. If you have any questions, contact us at solar@pge.com.
Virtual Net Metering Approved

On June 8, 2009, the CPUC approved PG&E’s Virtual Net Metering (VNEM) tariff, NEMVNMA, which will allow Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) and New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) affordable housing participants to allocate credits from one solar system across multiple accounts in a low-income complex. The tariff is available in PG&E’s electric tariff book, and the application is available on PG&E’s interconnection website.
How to Apply

Until the statewide online database is updated to include MASH projects, MASH applications will be in hardcopy form only. MASH handbook, applications and fact sheets can be found on the Handbook & Forms page.
Additional Energy Efficiency Programs

Property owners & managers: Energy Efficiency for Multifamily Properties
Tenants of multi-family buildings: Energy Partners Program
Financial Assistance Programs

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