Note: This program is currently closed.
The California Solar Initiative (CSI), enacted by SB 1 of 2006, provides financial incentives to customers in investor-owned utility (IOU) territories of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued Decision 08-10-036 in October 2008, establishing a $108 million solar incentive program for the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program.
The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program provides higher incentives to offset the project costs of installing solar on multifamily affordable housing buildings in California. The goal of the MASH program is to incorporate high levels of energy efficiency and high performing solar systems to help enhance the overall quality of affordable housing. Customers participating the MASH program may participate in virtual net metering (VNM).
MASH Track 1:
Provides fixed rebates based on the size and expected performance of the system installed. Incentives range from $1.90 - $2.80 per watt depending on whether common area load or tenant load is offset.
MASH Track 2:
On July 20, 2011 the CPUC issued Decision 11-07-031, which affected the MASH program in a number of ways. One of the changes shifted all remaining Track 2 funds to Track 1.
These incentive amounts are based on expected performance. Incentives are awarded to owners or operators of existing multifamily affordable housing that meets the definition of low-income residential housing in Pub. Util. Code § 2852. In general, a multifamily housing complex fits the definition if it is financed with low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, or local, state or federal loans or grants.
To ease the integration of these systems, the CPUC asked that PG&E, SCE and SDG&E adopt "virtual net metering" tariffs which allow participants to allocate the kWh credits associated with the system across multiple accounts at one site. Contact your utility for more information.
MASH Program Administrators:
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
PG&E Solar and Customer Generation - MASH
PO Box 7433
San Francisco, CA 94120
Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123-1502
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Phone: 800-799-4177 (General Questions) or
866-584-7436 (Program Administration)
Attn: MASH Program Manager
SCE Customer Solar & Self-Generation
Southern California Edison
P.O. Box 800
Rosemead, CA 91770-0800
|Incentive Type:||Rebate Program|
|Administrator:||SCE, CCSE, PG&E|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
Track 1: Fully Subscribed
Track 2: Closed
System components must be on the CEC's list of eligible equipment.
|Installation Requirements:||Must have a current A, B, C-10 or C-46 license.|
|Name:||CPUC Decision 08-10-036|
|Name:||CA Public Utilities Code § 2851 et seq.|
|Name:||CPUC Decision 11-07-031|
This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.
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