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Energy Commission Increases Focus on Access to Solar in Low Income Housing Projects

Participation from affordable housing developers in 2017 increased by more than 300%

In 2017, the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) intensified its focus on fostering the adoption of solar systems on new housing projects and developments built in low-income communities.

That focus is meant to address the fact that the energy burden for median low-income household is more than twice that of the average household.

A new NSHP guidebook was adopted in 2017, introducing an additional incentive for eligible affordable housing projects in disadvantaged and low income communities.

The NSHP program is showing robust growth in such projects with participation from affordable housing developers in 2017 increasing by more than 300 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

The NSHP program now has accounted for 74,143 total residential units with solar reserved and applications for 2,674 systems pending as of December 1, 2017. To date the program has accounted for 109 megawatts (MW) installed and an additional 154 MW reserved for a total of 263 MW.