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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


Mary Biasotti

Regional Director, GRID Alternatives

April 22nd, 2010

Center for Science, Technology, and Society


Single-Family Solar Affordable Homes (SASH) Program

Mary Biasotti,

Bay Area Regional Director

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?

  • 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 $

  • 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


GRID Alternatives

Energy Efficiency – Solar Savings

Generating Renewable Ideas for Development Alternatives


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

  • 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

  • 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


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


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


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


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

  • 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


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!

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

Image Credits: blueEnergy

Conference Sponsor:

Networking Reception Sponsor:

18

CAREERCENTER


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