What Is The New Solar Homes Partnership?
New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook - Seventh Edition
California Energy Commission, Adopted: December 2013. (Acrobat PDF file, 111 pages, 2.6 mb)
The California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is part of the comprehensive statewide solar program, known as the California Solar Initiative. The NSHP provides financial incentives and other support to home builders, encouraging the construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric bills and protect the environment.
|NSHP Program Totals|
|* Payment claims are usually submitted for individual systems, not for an entire project. Projects that have not submitted payment claims for all systems within the project are included in the number of reserved applications.|
|** The available funding includes funds previously reserved for expired and withdrawn NSHP projects, as well as funds from the Emerging Renewables Program, since that program has now been closed out by the Energy Commission. The available funding also includes two loan repayments to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund totaling $29.1 Million from the Governor's Budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, in addition to a $35 Million loan repayment in July 2012. Monies in the RRTF may be used to fund the NSHP.|
|*** The processing list includes additional funding requests for projects that have already received a reservation but are seeking additional funding due to an increased system size or improved system design.|
|**** The remaining funding assumes that all entries on the processing list are funded.|
|***** The Governor's Budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year identifies two loan repayments totaling an additional $30 Million to the RRTF. Repayment of these monies into the RRTF may or may not occur, may be reduced, or may be postponed to future fiscal years. Any repayment of these monies that occur during the 2013-2014 fiscal year will be made at the end of the calendar and/or fiscal year. These additional funds are not identified in the funding table, because it is uncertain whether such funds will materialize.|
Last Updated 4/4/2014.
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|Historical NSHP Reservation Amounts|
|* The amounts listed include funding reserved for projects that may have withdrawn or expired from the NSHP program.|
What is an NSHP Solar Home?
In California's New Solar Homes Partnership, a solar home is a highly energy efficient home that uses photovoltaic (or PV) modules to generate electricity from the sun. While the science to convert sunlight directly into electricity has been around for decades, in recent years both the technology and economics have improved for photovoltaics, and now systems are becoming mainstream. Currently, California has tens of thousands of homeowners enjoying the benefits of solar on their homes.
A solar home with high energy-efficiency features offers homeowners:
- Clean, renewable energy
- Utility bill savings
- Predictable utility costs
- Protection against future rising electricity costs
Save Money - Go Solar!
Reduce utility bills.
Using California's abundant sunshine, homeowners save money on their bills through new energy efficient solar homes.
Coupling energy efficiency with solar technology reduces the homeowner's total energy needs and reduces utility bills.
Get paid for energy efficiency.
Homes from builders participating in the New Solar Homes Partnership are at least 15 percent more efficient than current building standards.
Builders are also encouraged to achieve 30 percent greater efficiency. California's utilities may offer additional incentives to help meet these efficiency levels.
Protect against rising energy costs.
Energy efficiency and solar energy give homeowners more energy independence because they are better protected against rising energy costs.
Solar homes generate power when electricity is the most expensive.
Earn tax credits.
Solar homes also qualify for a federal income tax credit. Energy efficiency measures may qualify the home for an additional $2,000 in federal tax credits.
Save the Environment - Go Solar!
Best of all, buying an efficient solar home is one of the most significant personal actions one can take to cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while helping to conserve precious energy resources for future generations. Plus, it reduces the need for costly new power plants.
Solar homeowners can be assured that their solar system works because they are backed with a 10-year system warranty. PV modules are warranted to last 20 years or more. Plus, the solar system must be tested and perform up to specifications before anyone can collect the incentive money from the NSHP.
For more information, go to one of these sections:
- Information for Consumers
Click here if you're looking to buy a new, energy-efficient solar home in a New Solar Homes Partnership Community.
- Information for Builders
Click here if you're a builder, developer, or are building your own home.
If you are interested in installing solar/PV system on an existing residence or on Commercial, Industrial, and Agricultural Properties, please visit the California Solar Initiative Page on this website.
If you are interested in the Energy Commission's formal proceeding (Docket # 06-NSHP-1) for the NSHP Guidebook and meetings - including advisory committee meetings, please see the Energy Commission's website page at: