For Immediate Release: March 10, 2022

Media Contact   
Lindsay Buckley

SACRAMENTO – State and local leaders will hold a press event to announce the availability of $60 million for builders to produce all-electric affordable housing, uplift the Governor’s proposed $1 billion budget investment for building decarbonization and state efforts to address extreme heat.

Friday, March 11, 2022

9:30-10 a.m. Media Arrival
10-10:30 a.m. Speaking Program
10:30-11 a.m. Building Tour

Vista Ballona, Mar Vista neighborhood
3960 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066


  • California State Senator Henry Stern
  • California State Senator Sydney Kamlager
  • Assemblymember Isaac Bryan
  • Chair David Hochschild, California Energy Commission
  • Commissioner Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commission
  • Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Tara Barauskas, Executive Director, Community Corporation of Santa Monica
  • Jennifer Ganata, Communities for a Better Environment 
  • Christopher E. Ochoa, California Building Industry Association
  • Jose Torres, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Vista Ballona is a 50-unit all-electric 100% affordable housing building. The project is finishing work and waiting for final inspections.

The California Energy Commission is now accepting applications for the Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program, a $60 million incentive effort for builders interested in producing innovative, all-electric, healthier housing for those most vulnerable to pollution and climate change. Vista Ballona is the type of project the program hopes to encourage.

The program was authorized by Senate Bill 1477 (Stern) and developed to expand access to all-electric technologies and reduce emissions from buildings which are responsible for a quarter of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The program limits incentives to $2 million per applicant. Applicants must be constructing new low-income single- or multi-family homes in which electricity is the only fuel for space heating and cooling, water heating, cooking, and clothes drying.

Governor Newsom’s 2022–23 budget proposal builds on these efforts and includes one of the most significant investments for building decarbonization in the country, a total of $922 million over two years.


About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, and preparing for energy emergencies.