The California Solar Initiative has various incentive programs that award households with solar power installations. One such program is the Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing Program, or SASH, which GRID Alternatives administers on behalf of the utilities.
The goal of the SASH program is to provide low income households with access to photovoltaic systems without increasing the households’ monthly expenses, in the process helping the households reduce their electricity bills as well.
To qualify a household must be a customer of Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) or San Diego Gas and Electric (SD&E). 20% of the total budget of the SASH program will be used to subsidize 1 to 1.2 kW systems to be installed on qualified homes. These homes must be occupied by the owner, and the total income of the household must be at least 50% of the area median income (AMI) but less than 80% of the AMI. The residence must also meet the affordable housing requirements as specified in California Public Utilities Code 2852.
For households with very low income levels or up to 50% of the AMI, the SASH Program fully subsidizes photovoltaic systems for up to 1 kW. The SASH incentive has a maximum of $10,000 per qualifying residential unit, and the qualified household can avail of the free 1 kW solar system or take a partial subsidy for a larger one.
Customers with incomes of less than 80% of the AMI can avail of a substantial subsidy through the SASH Program that will be based on the homeowner’s tax liability, customer’s eligibility, and participation in the CARE program. If the applicant is not part of the CARE program but qualifies for it, GRID Alternatives will enroll them in the CARE program.
A certified California State solar contractor who is part of the SASH program will install the PV system, while GRID Alternatives will install the majority of the PV system’s parts as part of its job as administrator of the program.
For more information about CSI’s Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing Program or SASH, you can contact:
SASH Program Manager
Phone: (866) 921-4696
Web Site: http://www.gridalternatives.org
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