The Community Solar 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

New! Webinar Recording: Best Practices in Solar Development and Oversight (Register to View)

Community Solar Pilot Program Resource Center

Community Solar Pilot Program Notice of Funding Availability

Notice of Intent to Award

CSD 2018-NOFA-62 Community Solar Pilot Program (with Addendum)

Community Solar Pilot Workshops

CSD hosted a series of workshops in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Sacramento to promote awareness for the Low-Income Weatherization Program Community Solar Pilot. Through this Pilot, CSD intends to make up to $5 million available to fund Community Solar projects that benefit local, low-income constituencies. The purpose of the workshops was to: 
  • Build an awareness of Community Solar;
  • Inform interested parties of the opportunity to respond to an upcoming Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA); and
  • Foster partnerships among prospective bidders.

CSD invited individuals to participate in the workshops from many pertinent areas of Community Solar, including solar project developers, local governments, community organizations, utility companies, affordable housing developers, investors, and others.  By bringing those individuals and groups together, the hope was to encourage partnerships that could lead to innovative and impactful project proposals.  In addition to presenting general project information, the workshops included round-table discussions on key topic areas, such as building partnerships, financing, and community development strategies.

Workshops were held during the first two weeks of November 2017. You can learn more about the workshops here

In July 2017, CSD released a Request for Information (RFI) to give interested parties the opportunity to provide feedback on the design of the proposed Community Solar Pilot. The Community Solar Pilot RFI can be found here.

Fact Sheets

Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) Fact Sheet


Program Guidelines for Community Solar Pilot Program

Meetings and Webinars

Webinar Recording: Best Practices in Solar Development and Oversight (Register to View)

LIWP Community Solar Pilot Program Workshop - Los Angeles

Community Solar Pilot Program Fresno Workshop June 28, 2018

Community Solar Pilot Program Design Outline Webinar (Registration Required)


January 18, 2017 Community Solar Stakeholder Meeting

Public Notices

Notice of Public Hearing: Draft Program Guidelines - Community Solar Pilot Program


LIWP Supplemental Report to the Legislature - November 2018

2018 CARB California Climate Investments Annual Report to the Legislature