Installing Solar In Your New Home?
If you are installing solar panels in your new home you will be glad to hear that there are two rebates available to you that will help pay for the upgrades in energy requirements to be eligible for the rebates.
California Advanced Homes Partnership (CAHP) and New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) are two programs currently offering rebates.
Information for CAHP
Here is an excerpt from the builder information describing program requirements:
General Building Requirements
To qualify for the incentive payment, each home covered by the Agreement must be:
- A new construction project/home receiving electric distribution and/or natural gas distribution service from your local IOU.
- A single-family detached dwelling or two dwelling building of any number of stories, R-3 occupancy, and on local IOU residential rates. Structures detached from the primary residence that are residential living areas (e.g., casitas) must also meet all CAHP criteria but are not eligible for a separate incentive. OR
- A residential individually metered multi-family low- or high-rise project. CAHP may accept master metered multifamily affordable housing projects pending future legislation. Please seek your utility representative's guidance.
- The following facilities do not qualify: remodels, additions, manufactured housing, mobile homes, residential care facilities, and dormitories. (For information on other utility programs that may apply to these buildings contact your utility representative.)
- Permitted under the 2008 Energy Efficiency Standards for Low-Rise Residential Buildings (Title 24) effective January 1, 2010 and achieving compliance using a CEC approved computer method. The Prescriptive Compliance Method is not eligible. Project must meet, at a minimum, CEC and CAHP installation and field verification requirements, as documented by a certified HERS Rater. OR
- A high-rise residential multi-family building, Occupancy Group R, division 1 with four or more habitable stories. Built to exceed Title 24 standards by a minimum of 15% for the applicable CEC specified climate zone.
Find more in the CAHP Handbook [PDF, 983KB], which contains program details, program agreement, and program application.
PG&E is the administrator of this rebate program.
Information for NSHP
Review the beginning information for the rebates available under the New Solar California Homes Partnership (NSHP). This rebate is dependent on two requirements:
- The project reached a tier rating that is 15% above the standard energy design for a home calculated by a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA).
- That solar is installed on the new home.
This program is administered by the California Energy Commission. Visit the Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership website for more information.
As always, I am available to discuss the requirements for these rebates. Contact me …