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For Immediate Release: June 20, 2008
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

California Approaches First Target For New Energy-Efficient Solar Homes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is nearing its first target 15 megawatts (MW) of new solar-produced electricity. As of June 2008, NSHP applications represent 4,624 new energy efficient solar homes and approximately 11.6 MW of solar capacity.

"I applaud all builders who have committed to advance this effort of efficiency and solar in new home construction," said California Energy Commission Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel. "California is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution and every New Solar Homes Partnership home helps us reach this goal."

Launched in January 2007, the NSHP is a component of the California Solar Initiative, signed into law in 2006 under Senate Bill 1 (Murray) to implement Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $3.3 billion, Million Solar Roofs Program.

The NSHP provides financial incentives and marketing support to home builders, encouraging the construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric bills and help protect the environment. The goals of the NSHP are to create a self-sustaining market for solar homes and gain builder commitment in constructing 100 percent energy efficient, solar communities. The overall goal of the NSHP is to achieve 400 MW of new solar produced, electricity by the end of 2016.

NSHP incentive levels decrease when a specific cumulative MW volume is reserved. Incentives are designed to decline as these targets are reached over the life of the ten-year program. A public notice will be issued regarding an incentive drop and the new incentive will be effective 30 days after the public notice. Incentive targets are available in the NSHP Guidebook located on the Go Solar California website.

To qualify for NSHP financial incentives, a new home must achieve energy efficiency levels that are at least 15 percent greater than the requirements for the current Building Title 24 Standards. Currently, builders who offer solar as a standard feature are eligible to receive rebates of up to $2.60 per watt. Builders can submit an NSHP application for review through the investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric).

For information about the New Solar Homes Partnership visit the Go Solar California website at: www.GoSolarCalifornia.org.

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