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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

Note: A Renewables Committee workshop on the revised Staff Draft Emerging Renewables Program Guidebook is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Hearing Room A following the NSHP workshop. Beginning in January 2007, the Emerging Renewables Program will provide incentives for eligible distributed renewable energy technologies other than photovoltaics and solar thermal electric, including fuel cells and wind turbines.


The purpose of this workshop is to solicit comments from interested parties on the Committee's Draft New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook (Draft Guidebook) and other NSHP issues. The Committee's Draft Guidebook reflects the Committee's directed revisions to the previous Staff Draft Guidebook. The Committee's Draft Guidebook will be posted on the Energy Commission website at www.energy.ca.gov/renewables/06-NSHP-1/documents. Significant changes between the Staff-proposed Guidebook, issued in September 2006, and the Committee's Draft Guidebook include: eligibility, incentive levels, reservation checkpoints, and criteria for testing, certification, and listing of eligible components.

As in the previous workshop, the Renewables Committee is interested in comments pertaining to program elements and how they relate to production and custom home construction, the affordable housing market, and how best to administer the program.


The Energy Commission is developing the NSHP 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, Chapter 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 Commission's portion of the CSI and will provide financial incentives to encourage the installation of eligible solar energy systems on new residential construction. The NSHP will focus efforts on new residential buildings to capitalize on the Energy Commission's understanding of production and custom home construction and seeks to achieve 400 MW of installed/operational PV systems by the end of 2016. In addition, special attention will be provided to address affordable housing issues. Incentives for existing residential and non-residential buildings and for new non-residential construction will be provided under the CPUC's program.

Once the NSHP is established, the Energy Commission, with the CPUC, local publicly owned electric utilities, and interested stakeholders, will adapt program criteria for use statewide pursuant to SB 1.

On October 5, 2006, the Committee held a workshop to ask questions of staff and to solicit stakeholder comments on the staff's proposed Guidebook. The Committee evaluated and incorporated appropriate comments provided by stakeholders in developing the latest draft Guidebook. After the November 6 workshop a final Committee-proposed Guidebook is anticipated to be issued on or before November 13, 2006. The full Energy Commission is expected to consider adoption of the proposed Guidebook at its regularly scheduled Business Meeting on December 13, 2006.

Written Comments

Written comments on the Committee's Draft Guidebook and other workshop topics must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 7, 2006 to Docket Number 06-NSHP-1. Please identify in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments as Comments on Energy Commission-Staff Draft Guidebook of November 6, 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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Commissioner and Presiding Memberr
Renewables Committee
Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee

Date Posted: September 25, 2006

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Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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