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California Solar Initiative - Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/04/2014
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Low-Income Residential
Amount:Varies depending on participant's income level and California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program eligibility. (see below)
Maximum Incentive:$10,000 for fully subsidized systems
No maximum stated for partially subsidized systems
Eligible System Size:Minimum system size is 1 kW CEC-AC
Equipment Requirements:Must use CEC-certified PV modules and inverters
Systems must be grid-connected.
Inverters and modules must each carry a 10-year warranty.
PV modules must be UL 1703-certified
Inverters must be UL 1741-certified, and tested by the Energy Commission
Installation Requirements:Systems must be installed by appropriately licensed California solar contractors who have been accepted by the SASH program manager as a SASH program partner installer or self-installed by the system owner. A significant portion of the PV system will be installed directly by GRID Alternatives.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Remains with project owner
Funding Source:Rate-payer funds
Program Budget:$108.3 million
Start Date:7/1/2009
Expiration Date:12/31/2021
Web Site: http://www.gridalternatives.org/sash
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
CSI Handbook (Appendix D)
5/1/2014
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
CA Public Utilities Code ยง 2851 et seq.
8/21/2006
Summary:

Note: AB 217 of 2013 made several changes to this program. Among other changes, the expiration date was extended to December 31, 2021 or whenever funds are exhausted, and the budget was increased. Specifiically, the bill added an additional $108 million to be divided between the SASH and MASH programs. As of August 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is implementing these legislative changes through proceeding R. 12-11-005.    

The California Solar Initiative (CSI), enacted by SB 1 of 2006, provides financial incentives for installing solar technologies through a variety of smaller sub-programs. Of the $3.2 billion in total funding for the CSI, $216 million has been set aside for programs to help fund photovoltaic (PV) installations on low-income housing. Half of that $216 million is funding the Multi-Family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program, and the other half is funding the Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program. The SASH program is being administered on behalf of the investor-owned utilities by GRID Alternatives. Income-eligible customers of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) may participate. In general, the household's total income must be 80% of the area median income (AMI) or less.


Twenty percent of the total funds for the SASH program ($21,668,000) will be dedicated to providing fully subsidized 1 - 1.2 kW systems to qualifying households. Qualifying households are owner-occupied and the total income for the household is up to 50% of AMI. Households making more than 50% of AMI, but less than 80% of AMI can be eligible for a partially subsidized system according to the following table:

Federal Income Tax Liability Qualifying Low-Income CARE-Eligible Homeowners Qualifying Low-Income Homeowners not eligible for CARE
$0 $7.00/W-AC $5.75/W-AC
$1.00 - $1,000 $6.50/W-AC $5.25/W-AC
$1,000+ $6.00/W-AC $4.75/W-AC



Before a PV system is installed through the SASH program, all appropriate energy efficiency measures should be pursued. If an applicant's income status qualifies for the Low Income Energy Efficiency (LIEE) program, GRID Alternatives' staff will the assist applicant in enrolling in the LIEE program. If a client does not qualify for the LIEE service, GRID Alternatives' staff will conduct a basic residential energy audit.

Contact GRID Alternatives for more information.


 
Contact:
  SASH Program Manager
GRID Alternatives
Phone: (866) 921-4696
E-Mail: sash@gridalternatives.org
Web Site: http://www.gridalternatives.org
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