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Power to the People Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities. Image Credits: blueEnergy. Conference Sponsor: Networking Reception Sponsor:. 1. C AREER C ENTER. Mary Biasotti Regional Director, GRID Alternatives . April 22 nd , 2010. Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

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Power

to the People

Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities

Image Credits: blueEnergy

Conference Sponsor:

Networking Reception Sponsor:

1

CAREERCENTER

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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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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Power

to the People

Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities

Image Credits: blueEnergy

Conference Sponsor:

Networking Reception Sponsor:

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CAREERCENTER

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