The purpose of the Income-Qualified/Affordable
Housing Solar Program
is to offer a higher incentive category to promote the installation of
solar energy on existing owner-occupied single-family, and existing and
new multi-family affordable housing projects that meets the program
requirements. The Pasadena Solar Initiative (PSI) program recognizes
that these customers face more difficulties in the financing and
incorporation of solar energy systems in its developments than do
conventional housing developments.
Housing incentive follows the
requirements of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and the New Solar
Home Partnership (NSHP) program.
The Affordable Housing/Income-Qualified Solar Program may be periodically
evaluated and modified to ensure progress toward program goals and
All existing PSI requirements, guidelines, and installation process
apply for customers applying for the affordable housing incentive except
for the areas listed below.
1. The affordable housing project must expressly limit residency in the
affordable residential units to persons with very low income as defined
by the Health and Safety Code section 50105. This section defines “Very
Low Income” households as persons and families at or below 50 percent of
area (Los Angeles County) median income, adjusted for family size, and
2. Customers must currently meet income-qualifying levels under
Electric Utility Assistance Program (EUAP) and be enrolled in the EUAP
Program for a minimum of one year at the time of application. Medical
Assistance customers are not eligible. PWP reserves right to require
recertification prior to reserving solar incentive funds.
3. Qualifying systems must be connected to and serving the energy needs
of residential units subject to affordability requirements; and common
areas of the building or project, provided a minimum of 80 percent of
the units are subject to the affordability requirements. Common areas
include, but are not limited to: hallways, recreation rooms, laundry
rooms, outdoor, and parking areas.
4. Eligible projects include existing and new multifamily and
single-family developments where at least 80 percent of the project
units are reserved for affordable housing households as defined in
requirement # 1 for a period of at least 10 years.
5. Each residential dwelling unit for which a solar energy system is
being installed must have a PWP account and individual electrical
6. New affordable housing projects must provide documentation showing
energy efficiency for each single family home or multifamily building of
at least 15 percent greater than the requirements of the current
Building Energy Efficiency Standards, also known as “Title 24.” Existing
affordable housing must provide proof of recently completed energy
efficient measures which reduced annual consumption by a minimum of 15%
compared to their historical usage
SIZE OF SYSTEM
Eligible solar energy systems must be sized so that the amount of
electricity that is produced offsets part no greater than the end-use
customer's electrical needs at the site of installation.
The maximum incentive paid for a system on single family residential
unit is limited to the first 4.0 kW AC of the system.
Solar energy systems must be installed in conformance with the
manufacturer’s specifications and with all applicable electrical and
building codes and standards.
Systems must be installed by an appropriately licensed contractor, in
accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the California
Contractors State License Board. Installation contractors must have an
active A, B, C-10, or a C-46 license.
All solar energy systems must have a minimum ten-year warranty provided
in combination by the manufacturer and installer to protect against
defective workmanship, system or component breakdown or degradation in
LEASES AND POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS
Solar energy systems that are leased by an end-use customer or provide
electricity to an end-use customer under a power purchase agreement (PPA)
are eligible under the PSI program.
Lease agreements and PPAs must have an initial term of no less than 10
years and must provide the lessee or customer the option to renew the
agreement, purchase the system, or remove the system at the end of the
initial term of the agreement.
If a lease agreement or PPA for a system that received funding from the
PSI program is terminated and the system is removed from the building on
which it was originally installed before the expiration of the initial
term, the full PSI incentive received by the applicant must be repaid by
the Lessor or system owner to Pasadena Water and Power.
If you have any
comments, suggestions, or questions regarding the Pasadena Solar
Initiative, please call the Answerline at 626-744-6970 or write to
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