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In the Matter of: )      Energy Commission
The Design of the )      Docket No. 06-NSHP-1
New Solar Homes Partnership )      Notice of Committee Workshop
_________________________________________ )      RE: New Solar Homes Partnership

Notice of Renewables Committee Workshop on the
Design of the New Solar Homes Partnership

The California Energy Commission Renewables Committee will conduct a workshop to discuss the design of the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP). Commissioner John Geesman is the Presiding Member and Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Associate Member.

9 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California

(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:

To participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 888-603-6970 by 9 a.m.
Call Leader: Diana Chong


The purpose of this workshop is to solicit comments from interested parties on the staff's Draft New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook (Draft Guidebook - publication # CEC-300-2006-017) and other New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) issues. The Draft Guidebook is available on the Energy Commission website at [www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/06-NSHP-1/documents/]. The Draft Guidebook describes the proposed requirements of the NSHP program.

In particular the Renewables Committee is interested in comments pertaining to the following program elements and how they pertain to production and custom home construction, and to the affordable housing market.

  • Program eligibility requirements
  • Efficiency requirements
  • Incentive structure
  • Reservation process
  • Payment process
  • Criteria for eligible components
  • Field verification

In addition, the Committee is interested in comments regarding how best to administer the program.


The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) is developing the New Solar Homes Partnership as part of a comprehensive statewide solar program known as the California Solar Initiative (CSI) with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Development work on the CSI began in 2005 and is moving forward pursuant to Senate Bill 1 (Statutes of 2006, ch. 132), which the Governor signed on August 21, 2006. The goal of the CSI is to install 3,000 megawatts (MW) of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation in California by the end of 2016. The Energy Commission and the CPUC will each administer separate, but coordinated elements of the CSI. In addition, SB 1 requires local publicly owned electric utilities to administer their own solar energy programs.

The New Solar Homes Partnership will implement the Energy Commissions portion of the CSI and will provide financial incentives to encourage the installation of eligible solar energy systems on new residential construction. The New Solar Homes Partnership will focus on new residential buildings to capitalize on the Energy Commissions understanding of production and custom home construction, and seeks to achieve 400 MW of installed PV electricity generation by 2016. In addition, special attention will be provided to address affordable housing issues. Incentives for existing residential and nonresidential buildings and for new nonresidential construction will be provided under the CPUC's program.

The primary goal of the New Solar Homes Partnership is to help create a self sustaining market for energy efficient, new solar homes. Additional goals include home builders incorporating high levels of energy efficiency with high performing solar systems as standard features, and home buyers demanding energy efficient, solar homes. The Energy Commission intends to provide financial incentives and non-financial assistance in the form of builder and market support as the means to help create this self-sustaining market.

Once the NSHP is established, the Energy Commission, in consultation with the CPUC, local publicly owned electric utilities, and interested stakeholders, will adapt program criteria for use on a statewide basis pursuant to Senate Bill 1.

Written Comments

Written comments on the Draft Guidebook and other workshop topics must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2006 to Docket Number 06-NSHP-1. Please identify in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments as Comments on CEC-Staff Draft Guidebook of October 5, 2006. Please hand deliver or mail an original plus 10 paper copies of your comments to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-NSHP-1
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization's in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Participants may also provide an original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. For information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us].

For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Sanford Miller, Renewable Energy Program at (916) 654-5166 or by e-mail at [smiller@energy.state.ca.us].

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Date Posted: September 25, 2006

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