California’s Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) provides low-income households with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to residents. Administered by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD), LIWP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities and other “priority population” low-income communities and households.

LIWP is designed with the primary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by saving energy and generating clean renewable energy. But just as importantly, the program reduces residential energy expenses for low-income households. LIWP funds energy efficiency upgrades and solar for both low-income single-family households and multi-family affordable housing. These improvements improve household conditions while reducing living expenses for residents – strengthening their economic security – and contribute to the health of communities through improved air quality. They also help lower operating costs for affordable housing operators, helping to preserve valuable below-market housing for low-income families. 

LIWP is the only program of its kind in California that focuses exclusively on serving low-income households with solar PV and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost. By doing so, the program plays an important role in ensuring that all Californians have the opportunity to benefit from the State’s Climate Investments and program services. LIWP also helps cushion the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities, making it more affordable for low-income households to keep their homes cool and comfortable at a lower cost – whether through energy efficient air conditioning or improved insulation – and protect children and seniors from the health impacts of higher temperatures. And, as many low-income Californians are already struggling to make ends meet – and spending a higher proportion of their income on housing than ever before – LIWP can help by lowering utility bills and freeing up limited disposable income for other critical expenses.  


Farmworker Housing Component

The new LIWP Farmworker Housing Component will focus on the direct installation of energy efficiency measures and solar PV systems for farmworker households. The Farmworker Housing Component will provide services across 12 counties with the highest farmworker populations. Two regional administrators will be identified through a competitive procurement, with contract awards scheduled to be made in Spring 2019. Click here for more information about the Farmworker Housing Component and the Draft Request for Proposal.


Single-Family Energy & Solar PV Services

The LIWP Single-Family Energy Efficiency & Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Regional Administrator Component is a regionally administered program that installs no-cost energy efficiency measures, solar water heating, and solar PV in low-income single-family dwellings. These projects reduce residential energy demand and GHG and air pollutant emissions associated with conventional energy generation. The low-income residents that participate in this program benefit from lower energy costs. Click here for more information.


Multi-Family Energy Efficiency & Renewables

The LIWP Multi-Family Program provides technical assistance and incentives for the installation of energy efficiency measures and solar PV in low-income multi-family dwellings serving priority populations. These projects reduce residential energy demand and GHG emissions. Low-income residents that participate in this program benefit from lower energy costs. The program also helps preserve affordable housing by reducing owner operating costs. Multi-family farmworker housing is also specifically targeted for services. Click here for more information


Community Solar Pilot Program

This new pilot program is designed to expand access to renewable energy for low-income households that do not have the ability to participate in existing low-income solar PV programs — due to a lack of home ownership, or because of inadequate roofing for solar PV. Households participating in the Community Solar Pilot stand to benefit from reduced energy costs while communities can benefit from reduced air pollutant emissions associated with conventional energy generation. Click here for more information


LIWP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged and low-income communities. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.


 

 

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