Massachusetts

 The Massachusetts Green Communities Act of 2008 created a carve-out in the Renewable Portfolio Standard to support distributed solar. Referred to as Solar Carve-Out II / SREC II, solar installations serving low-income customers received a higher ratio of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) for each megawatt hour produced from the solar installation compared to other … Continued

Richmond, CA

The Richmond Recovery Rebate (R3) Program was created with American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding to provide home energy efficiency upgrades, solar installations and job training to city residents. Because the R3 program was funded by a one-time federal stimulus grant (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)), it is no longer accepting applications; … Continued

California

In California, the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program launched in 2009 along with its sister program, the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program. The programs were financed using 10 percent of the overall $2.2 billion budget from the ratepayer-funded California Solar Initiative (CSI), California’s unprecedented investment in solar market transformation that started in 2006. … Continued

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) (see Single-Family Rooftop for more on this) offers technical assistance and rebates to multifamily housing developers and property managers who work with the DCSEU to incorporate energy efficiency measures, including solar thermal hot water heating systems for gas heated central hot water systems, in the new development, redevelopment, … Continued

California

In California, the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program launched in 2009 along with its sister program, the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program. MASH/SASH were financed using 10 percent of the overall $2.2 billion budget from the ratepayer-funded California Solar Initiative. The MASH program provides fixed, up-front, capacity-based incentives for qualifying solar energy systems … Continued

Massachusetts

Launched in December 2015, the $30 million Massachusetts Solar Loan program is a low-income solar loan program through which the state will provide interest rate buy-downs and loan guarantees. The goal of the program is to provide loans that are cash-flow positive from day one, and provide risk protection for lenders who offer these loans … Continued

New York

In 2015, the New York Public Service Commission established a new Community Distributed Generation Program to expand consumer access to local solar power, particularly among low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. The Community Distributed Generation (DG) Program projects fall under the state’s net metering policy and are subject to the same rules including project size and … Continued

California

Workforce development is integral to California’s single- and multifamily solar programs. GRID Alternatives, the Program Administrator for SASH, reserves approximately 20 percent of all SASH installations for solar-installer job trainees, and recruits job training partners and individual trainees from the same communities that the SASH program aims to serve. For SASH projects installed by GRID … Continued

New York

New York recognized that a growing solar industry is an opportunity to provide workforce development. Green Jobs-Green New York provides workforce development opportunities through local, community-based organizations  across the state to encourage the development of a skilled clean-energy workforce that supports energy efficiency and the installation of clean technologies, solar included. The program combines a … Continued

Colorado

In 2010, Colorado became the first in the nation to pass statewide shared renewables legislation, the Community Solar Gardens Act. Five years later, Colorado expanded the program further with HB 15-1284. The Community Solar Gardens Act included direction on a number of design elements that make shared renewables work for utilities, developers and consumers alike. … Continued