CEC - New Solar Homes Partnership (California)

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Summary

Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name CEC - New Solar Homes Partnership
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Residential, Construction, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Varies by customer class and system performance (see below)




Eligible System Size Minimum: 1 kW AC

Maximum: 100% of a home's expected electrical load
Maximum: 100% of a home's expected electrical load


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 certified to UL 1703 by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL)
Inverters must be certified to UL 1741 by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). They also must have completed the Energy Commission's required weighted efficiency testing.






Installation Requirements Systems must be installed by appropriately licensed California solar contractors

Self-installs are also acceptable
Although not required, installation contractors are encouraged to become certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Although not required, installation contractors are encouraged to become certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).



Maximum Incentive Affordable housing: 75% of system cost

All other projects: 50% of system cost


Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Remains with system owner


Program Budget Up to $425 million over 10 years





Program Administrator California Energy Commission
Website http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/about/nshp.php
Date added to DSIRE 2007-01-09
Last DSIRE Review 2014-11-06



References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Summary

The New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP), is administered by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and provides incentives for solar on new home construction. To be eligible for the NSHP incentive, the home must receive electricity from one of the following investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Bear Valley Electric Service.


Launched on January 2, 2007, the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is a 10-year, $400 million program to encourage solar in new homes by working with builders and developers to incorporate into the homes high levels of energy efficiency and high-performing solar systems. The NSHP specifically targets the market-rate and affordable housing single-family and multifamily sectors, with the goal of achieving 360 MW of installed solar electric capacity on new homes, and to have solar electric systems on 50% of all new homes built in California by the end of 2016.

Incentives are determined by the housing type and the expected performance of the system, which depends on factors like equipment efficiency, geographic location, orientation, tilt, shading, and time-dependent valuation. These factors are then compared to a reference system in San Jose, California. To qualify for incentives, the residential dwelling unit must achieve certain energy efficiency levels (please refer to the New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook for specific details and program requirements). The incentive is paid once the system is installed, operational, and has met all program requirements.

There are four incentive levels available:

Tier I Incentive: Expected Performance Based Incentive (EPBI) level as of November 6, 2014 is $1.00/watt. This applies to projects that have an energy efficiency compliance margin of at least 15 percent better than the Building Energy Efficiency Standards as specified in Chapter II, Section B of the guidebook.

Tier II Incentive: The EPBI level as of November 6, 2014 is $1.50/watt. This applies to projects that have an energy efficiency compliance margin of at least 30 percent better than the Building Energy Efficiency Standards and a space-cooling compliance margin of at least 30 percent better than the Building Energy Efficiency Standards as specified in Chapter II, Section B of the guidebook.

Residential Areas of Affordable Housing Projects: The EPBI amount as of November 6, 2014 is $1.85/watt. This applies to affordable housing projects of all sizes.

Common Areas of Affordable Housing Projects: There is currently no incenitve for solar electric systems serving the common areas of affordable housing projects.

All incentives will decline over time as specific megawatt targets are achieved. Refer to the NSHP Guidebook and contact the program administrator for complete details.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer
Department California Energy Commission
Division New Solar Homes Partnership
Address 1516 Ninth Street, MS-45

Place Sacramento, California
Zip/Postal Code 95814-5512
Phone (800) 555-7794


Email renewable@energy.state.ca.us
Website http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/nshp/index.html
     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: NSHP Guidebook (2014)





















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"