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Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

Power

to the People

Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities

Image Credits: blueEnergy

Conference Sponsor:

Networking Reception Sponsor:

1

CAREERCENTER


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

Mary Biasotti

Regional Director, GRID Alternatives

April 22nd, 2010

Center for Science, Technology, and Society


Single family solar affordable homes sash program

Single-Family Solar Affordable Homes (SASH) Program

Mary Biasotti,

Bay Area Regional Director

GRID Alternatives


Grid alternatives

GRID Alternatives

  • GRID Alternatives’ mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training.

  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

  • Licensed solar electrical contractor

  • Program Manager for

    Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program


Why solar for low income families

Why Solar for Low-Income Families?

  • Environment

    • Reduction of greenhouse gases

  • Environmental Justice

    • Power plants often sited in low-income communities

    • High rates of asthma

  • Economic

    • High energy costs

    • Significant savings

  • Over 1.8 million low-income owner-occupied households in CA


How solar saves families

How Solar Saves Families $

  • PV modules convert sunlight into electricity

  • Inverter turns DC power into AC power used by home

  • Any excess electricity sent to the utility grid, homeowner receives credits on bill

  • System designed to offset 50-85% of homeowner’s needs


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

GRID Alternatives

Energy Efficiency – Solar Savings

Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives


Sash single family affordable solar homes program

SASH (Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes) Program

  • Funding from California Solar Initiative

  • $2.16 Billion Program for Solar Rebates Paid for by “rate payer $”

  • 10% ($216 million) Set aside for ‘Low-Income’

  • Split halfway between Multifamily & Single-family dwellings

  • $108 Million/each for SASH & MASH

  • CPUC is Program Administrator

  • GRID Alternatives is Program Manager for SASH


Sash eligibility

SASH Eligibility

  • Homeowners – retrofit or new construction (developer carries cost until rebate)

  • Earning <80% Area Median Income (AMI)

  • In Investor-Owned Utility Territory

    • PG&E

    • SCE

    • SDG&E

  • Home has a “resale restriction” on it


Sash rebate

SASH Rebate

  • Clients with <50% AMI may receive free, 1 kW PV-solar system

  • Clients with <80% AMI receive variable incentive based on household tax liability and CARE participation


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

GRID Alternatives

Existing Single Family Home

Gap funding for net cost: Local government (Rehab loan/grant, NSP, CDBG, EEBG), Corporate sponsors, equipment donation/discounts, grants)

Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

GRID Alternatives

Single Family Affordable Solar Homes Rebate

SASH – The Bad and the Very Good

  • Very restrictive qualification criteria based (PU Code 2852)

  • For those homeowners that qualify – Amazing opportunity for substantially subsidized solar!

  • Local dollars are leveraged as high as 5:1

  • Low-income homeowner protection – Positive Cash Flow from Day 1

  • Includes energy efficiency

  • Homeowner education, engagement, and ownership

  • Green collar workforce development and community involvement

Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

GRID Alternatives

Challenges with Homeowners

  • General distrust and skepticism for outside programs

  • Inexpensive energy efficiency measures and behavior changes can increase electricity bill savings substantially

  • Homes often not solar ready (need roofs, electrical service upgrade)

  • Financial strain and foreclosure climate make loans challenging

  • Long term return on investment not a motivator, need day one positive cash flow

  • Multi-lingual, multi-cultural marketing challenge

  • HOAs and shared roofs

Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

GRID Alternatives

The Positives with Homeowners

  • Proportionally greater economic benefit

    • Low-income homeowners pay a greater % of take home pay on utilities than the general population

  • Wider adoption of solar

    • Prove solar is a viable solution in all communities, leads to greater adoption

    • Barn raising model allows general public to gain familiarity with the technology)

  • Jobs

    • Hands-on experience prioritized for job training partners

    • Networking opportunities as part of every installation

    • Paid on the job training as part of Solar Partner Program

Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives


Grid s volunteer model

GRID’s Volunteer Model

  • Community volunteers and/or job-trainees do installation with a GRID Solar Installation Supervisor’s oversight

  • Homeowners encouraged to participate

  • GRID covers project costs

    • Homeowner assigns rebate to GRID


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

GRID Alternatives

How to Get Involved

  • Subcontractor Partnership Program (SPP)

    • Application @ www.gridalternatives.org

    • Design, permitting, installation, warranty only (GRID does outreach, rebate, homeowner education)

    • Includes job training component

  • Gap Funding

  • Financial Sponsorship

  • Team Leaders

  • Volunteers

Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives


Thank you

Thank You!

Northern California/Bay Area/

Central Coast Office

(510) 652-4730 x325

[email protected]

Also:

Central Valley Office(559) 261-4743

San Diego Office(619) 239-4743

Greater LA Office (310) 324-8146

www.gridalternatives.org


Power to the people renewable energy for underserved communities

Power

to the People

Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities

Image Credits: blueEnergy

Conference Sponsor:

Networking Reception Sponsor:

18

CAREERCENTER


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