WHAT IS SOLAR FOR ALL CALIFORNIA?
In 2010, CSD challenged its existing energy providers to design a program to install rooftop solar systems on low-income homes. Using a competitive bid process, CSD asked energy providers to meet these objectives:
- Install optimally-sized residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on single- or multi-family homes
- Develop creative partnerships to provide systems with no loans, no liens and no out-of-pocket costs for the low-income owners or residents
- Put energy efficiency first to further reduce the energy consumption of each home
- Develop “green” jobs by training low-income workers to become solar installers.
The pilot program wrapped up in the end of 2012 and greatly surpassed original goals and estimates for the number of low-income households that would be reached and the amount of renewable energy generated. The total number of households benefitting from the program nearly tripled the department’s original goal set in 2010, which was to reach 500 low-income households.