California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:
The Design of the
New Solar Homes Partnership

Docket No. 06-NSHP-1
NOTICE OF Non-Substantive Changes
RE: New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook


Non-Substantive Changes to the
New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook:

The California Energy Commission's Renewables Committee is recommending non-substantive changes to the Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook, Second Edition. The New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) provides incentives and support activities for installing eligible solar photovoltaic systems on new residential buildings that receive electricity from specified investor-owned utilities. The Energy Commission implements the NSHP in coordination with the California Public Utilities Commission under the overall California Solar Initiative. This guidebook describes the requirements for receiving incentives to install eligible solar photovoltaic systems on energy efficient, solar homes under the NSHP.

The proposed changes are minor and revise the address of where to send the application forms. They reflect the fact that the investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company, are now administering the NSHP program for their respective service areas, with oversight by the Energy Commission. As stated on page 1 of the current guidebook, the Energy Commission envisioned turning over administration to the utilities or a third-party administrator in 2007. The guidebook also states that any changes in the reservation process, as a result of the changing program administration, will be incorporated into a revised guidebook at that time.

The proposed changes to the guidebook are in underline and strikeout font, and can be found in: Chapters 1 and 5, and in forms: NSHP-1, NSHP-1.6, and NSHP-2. The proposed guidebook can be downloaded at

Pursuant to Chapter II, Section 7 of the Energy Commission's Overall Program Guidebook for the Renewable Energy Program, these recommended non-substantive changes shall take effect 10 days from the date of this Committee-approved and publicly circulated notice.

How to Obtain a Copy of the Revised New Solar Homes Partnership Program Guidebook.

The recommended changes will be incorporated into the guidebook and made available through the Energy Commission's website at To avoid unnecessary reproduction and mailing costs, a revised version of the guidebook will not be mass mailed. However, if you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact the Energy Commission's Publications Unit at (916) 654-5200 and request publication number CEC-300-2008-006. You may also submit a written request to the Publications Unit at: 1516 Ninth Street, MS-13, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Other Inquiries

Members of the public who have technical questions regarding the subject matter of this notice may contact Sanford Miller, NSHP Lead, at (916) 654-5166 or by e-mail at News media inquiries should be directed to Susanne Garfield, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989.

Printed copies of the proposed guidebook revisions may be obtained by contacting Gina Fontanilla by phone at (916) 654-4524 or by e-mail at

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Commissioner and Presiding Member
Renewables Committee

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Chairman and Associate Member
Renewables Committee