LIWP Resource Center

LIWP Community Solar Pilot Program Design Outline

The Department of Community Services & Development (CSD) has released a Community Solar Pilot Program Design Outline document to provide interested parties with updated information on the anticipated pilot program framework, and requirements for projects to be funded with $5 million of CSD’s California Climate Investments appropriation. Subsequent Program Guidelines will be released to detail the final program design and provisions. Awardees are to be selected through a competitive procurement process later this year. 

CSD is accepting public comments on this document until June 6, 2018 at

Questions will also be invited during a public webinar on the pilot program scheduled on May 31, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Webinar registration is available here.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has also released the Draft Community Solar Pilot Quantification Methodology and Draft Community Solar Pilot Benefits Calculator Tool. These documents should be reviewed in conjunction with CSD’s Community Solar Pilot Program Design Outline. The documents are available at:

CARB is accepting public comments on the Draft Community Solar Pilot Quantification Methodology and Draft Community Solar Pilot Benefits Calculator Tool until June 6, 2018 at

LIWP Single-Family Farmworker Program Component RFI

CSD invited interested parties to provide feedback on the design of a proposed Single-Family (SF) Farmworker Program Component to be developed as part of the SF Energy Efficiency and Solar Photovoltaics subprogram of CSD’s Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP), part of California Climate Investments. Organizations who have demonstrated experience in serving farmworker communities and are interested in administering SF Farmworker Program Component funds were also invited to provide details about their capabilities. The information sought through this RFI would inform the development of a program model and procurement. 

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.

Disadvantaged Community

  • A "Disadvantaged Community" is an area disproportionately affected by multiple sources of pollution that can lead to negative public health effects, exposure, or environmental degradation, and holds concentrations of people that are of low-income, high unemployment, low levels of home ownership, high rent burden, sensitive populations, or low levels of educational attainment. PDF and Interactive maps of Disadvantaged Communities can be found on CalEPA's website at LIWP currently provides services exclusively in Disadvantaged Communities.

Fact Sheets


Meetings and Webinars

  • January 18, 2017 Community Solar Stakeholder Meeting
  • November 15, 2016 Workforce Partnership Meeting and Bidders' Conference
  • October 7, 2016 Stakeholder Meeting
  • June 2, 2016 Stakeholder Meeting 
  • September 9, 2015 Meeting
  • December 15, 2014 Meeting

News Releases


Public Notices





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