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Californias Low-income Solar Programs
  • 11/17/2015
  • Collaborative Meeting Concerning Community
    Distributed Generation for Low-income customers
  • State of New York, Public Service Commission

Presented by Cathleen Monahan Sr. Programs
Outline for today
  • Overview of GRID Alternatives
  • California as a leader in solar access and equity
  • The Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH)
    and the Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing
    (MASH) Programs
  • SASH/MASH Programs history, structure, completed
    projects and achievements
  • Other low-income solar Initiatives
  • AB 693 for Multi-family housing, AB 327 NEM 2.0
    and Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) program
  • Summary and future considerations for low-income
    solar in California
  • QA

GRID Alternatives
  • Nonprofit solar contractor founded in 2004 in the
    San Francisco Bay Area
  • Today GRID Alternatives has offices throughout
    California, as well as in Colorado, New York /New
    Jersey/CT, D.C. Mid-Atlantic and Nicaragua.
  • Our mission is to make renewable energy
    technology and training available to underserved
  • We use a barn raising installation model that
    provides opportunities for job trainees and
    volunteers to obtain hands-on experience
    installing solar for a low-income family.

California The Nations leader in promoting
solar equity and access
  • Overview of SASH/MASH programs
  • Program Goals and progress
  • Extension of SASH /MASH under AB 217

SASH/MASH Program- History
  • The Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH)
    Program launched in 2009 along with its sister
    program, the Multi-family Affordable Solar
    Housing (MASH) Program.
  • SASH/MASH were financed using 10 of the overall
    2.2B budget from the ratepayer-funded California
    Solar Initiative (CSI) -- CAs unprecedented
    investment in solar started in 2006 to install
    1940 MW of solar by 2016 and create a solar
    market transformation in the state.
  • GRID Alternatives was selected by the California
    Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as the
    Program Manager for SASH the utilities (PGE,
    SCE) and Center for Sustainable Energy (for
    SDGE) administer MASH.
  • SASH and MASH are the first-of-their kind
    programs in the nation Before SASH/MASH, there
    have not been dedicated low-income solar programs
    of this size and scope in any state.

SASH Program- Overview
  • SASH is a comprehensive low-income solar program
  • Offers upfront incentives to help low-income
    families buy down the cost of solar gap
    financing provided through GRID Alternatives
  • Multilingual marketing and outreach establishes
    trust in low-income communities
  • Energy efficiency education and training for all
  • Workforce development and job training
    initiatives incorporated into every installation
  • Promotes volunteerism and broad community
    engagement with solar in low-income communities

SASH Program requirements
  • To qualify for the SASH Program, properties must
    meet 4 central requirements in addition to being
    a solar-suitable site
  • Owner-occupied
  • Meet definition of affordable housing per CA
    Public Utilities Code 2852
  • Receive electric service from one of the 3
    Investor Owner Utilities (IOUs) (PGE/SCE/SDGE)
  • Income qualified as low-income or lt80 of the
    Area Median Income (AMI)

SASH Program- Project Locations
  • The map on the right shows SASH projects
    installed by CA county. Projects have been
    installed in both rural and urban locations, and
    on 14 tribal reservations throughout the IOU
  • To date, gt 5,100 SASH Projects totaling gt 15.5MW
    (CEC-AC) of electrical generating capacity have
    been completed and 600 additional projects are

Source GRIDs Salesforce Database and SASH
Semi-annual progress report, July 2015
SASH Barriers to participation
  • There are a number of primary barriers to
    participation in the SASH program (These barriers
    are generally present for any low-income rooftop
    solar program)
  • Financial barriers lack of access to capital
    and financing, low-income households need
    cash-flow positive from day one. GRID has
    contributed the organizations own fundraising
    dollars to projects to cover the financing gap
    after the upfront incentive
  • Marketing and Outreach barriers distrust of new
  • Structural barriers many outdated roofs and
    electrical panels
  • Ownership and qualification barriers low-income
    households that dont meet the program
    requirements for ownership or other requirements.

MASH Program- Overview
  • MASH provides upfront incentives to install solar
    on qualifying multi-family residences in the IOU
  • A higher incentive is available for projects that
    offset tenant load and offer direct tenant
    benefit, as opposed to a lower incentive for
    projects that only offset common load and
    typically benefit the building owner/operator.
  • Virtual Net Energy Metering (VNM) was developed
    as a pilot in MASH as a mechanism to provide
    direct tenant benefit.

Photo Credit Center for Sustainable Energy
  • VNM was started as a pilot in the MASH program as
    a potential way to pass on benefits to tenants,
    as opposed to having all of the benefits accrue
    to the building owner by offsetting common load
  • Most recent MASH program report notes that there
    are 6,700 benefitting tenant accounts however,
    it is challenging to discern if there is a net
    monthly benefit to all of these participating
    households that are in HUD subsidized housing due
    to utility allowance structure.
  • HUD Utility allowance In HUD subsidized housing,
    rent utilities lt 30 of income. In some cases,
    if utility cost is reduced from VNM credits,
    proportion of rent can increase to potentially
    render no net monthly financial benefit to the

Sources MASH Semi Annual report July 2015
port_Final.pdf HUD Utility Allowance http//portal
Key parameter for VNEM All meters being offset
must be served by a single service delivery
VNM allows for energy credits to be allocated
among individual units as well as to common area
Illustration Source Center for Sustainable
MASH Program- Project Locations
  • The map on the right shows MASH projects
    completed and reserved by CA county.
  • To date, gt 380 MASH projects totaling gt 28.9MW
    (CEC-AC) of electrical generating capacity have
    been completed and reserved.

Source California Solar Statistics, CSI Working
Data Set, 9/30/2015 https//www.californiasolarsta
SASH/MASH Program- Extension under AB 217
  • Assembly Bill 217 (Bradford, 2013) extends the
    funding for SASH/MASH until 2021 or until
    incentives encumbered, whichever occurs first.
  • The CA Legislature recognized that despite
    reduced solar equipment pricing, low-income
    families will continue to remain on the sidelines
    of the clean energy economy without continued
    price support and incentives.
  • AB 217 implemented in Jan 2015
  • The SASH Program now allows a families-first
    third-party ownership model and was successfully
    launched in Q1 2015.
  • The MASH Program reopened with a new handbook
    7/31/2015 and is revisiting its waitlist.

Looking ahead - NEM 2.0 and GGRF initiatives
  • NEM 2.0
  • AB 327 (Perea, 2013) requires the CPUC to develop
    a NEM successor tariff/contract -- "NEM 2.0" --
    after each CA IOU hits its 5 NEM aggregate cap
    as well as develop "specific alternatives" to NEM
    2.0 to spur solar growth in Disadvantaged
    Communities (DACs).
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF)
  • SB 535 DACs are benefitting by investment from
    proceeds through the GGRF and the Low-income
    Weatherization Program (LIWP) through the Dept.
    of Community Services and Development (CSD).
  • GRID Alternatives is a program administrator for
    LIWP and is expected to install 450 projects
    totaling 1.5MW through this program in 2015.
  • AB 693 Multifamily Affordable Housing passed
    in October 2015, provides additional funding to
    qualified multifamily affordable housing
    properties, Starts in 2017 and could provide
    funding up to 100M a year through 2030. Program
    details will be determined in a future

Community Solar in CA
  • Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program
  • In IOU territories, presently structured to
    function as a green tariff or price premium. As
    such it is not a good option for low-income
  • There is a siting requirement for projects in
    that 100MW (of 600MW) sited in Disadvantaged
    communities but unlikely subscribers will be able
    to participate.
  • Solar industry and other advocates are optimistic
    there will be other programs in the primary CA
    utility territories in the future that
    incentivize low-income participation.

  • California has led the nation in low-income solar
    with broad policy objectives of increasing solar
    equity and access.
  • The primary avenues to date to stimulate solar
    adoption in low-income communities are the SASH
    and MASH programs -- CAs groundbreaking programs
    that have been proven successful at overcoming
    many barriers to solar adoption in low-income
    communities and creating valuable job training
  • AB 693 passed in October 2015, provides
    additional funding for MASH-like properties from
    the Climate Investment Fund.
  • The NEM 2.0 proceeding (AB 327), expected
    completion EOY 2015, could bring additional
    investment for solar in disadvantaged
  • Optimism abounds that CA will develop more
    community solar programs that create
    opportunities for low-income participation the
    GTSR program as structured is a premium product
    out of reach for low-income households.

  • http//
  • Note Navigant Consulting's Program Evaluation
    reports including Market Assessment and
    Cost/Benefit reports forthcoming by EOY 2015.
  • VNM
  • http//
  • http//
  • GRID is also working on a low-income solar policy
    guide in conjunction with Vote Solar coming early

Thank you! QA

Contact Info Cathleen Monahan Sr. Programs
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