New MASH Incentives Can Reduce Cost of Solar for Affordable Housing
Affordable housing developers and building owners are racing to qualify for new California funds designed to dramatically lower the cost of solar power for multifamily housing buildings. The new program, administered through the California Solar Initiative, was allocated in March of 2009.
For affordable housing developers and building owners, there has never been a better time to power your properties with clean, renewable solar energy and to reduce ongoing electricity costs significantly, with the government covering the majority
of the bill!
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A California Program Designed to Facilitate Solar Adoption
The MASH Program has been designed specifically to facilitate the acceleration of solar power in the affordable housing sector in California.
Incentive rates are tiered based on whether a solar installation provides power directly to tenants or to common areas of an affordable housing complex.
Who Qualifies for MASH Rebates?
MASH incentives are available to customers of the following utility companies:
- Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
- Southern California Edison (SCE)
- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Eligible electricity customers may receive incentives through the MASH Program if they meet the definition of "low-income residential housing" set forth in the Public Utility Code 2852.
According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), approximately 50 percent of low income households in California (approximately 2 million households) live in multifamily dwellings that may meet the definition of low income residential housing. Both for-profit companies and nonprofits can benefit.
Your SolarCity consultant will explain the MASH Program and provide a detailed cost estimate. You can also learn more about the MASH Program in California Solar Initiative Handbook at www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/csi/low_income
For more information on available tax credits, visit Tax Incentives Assistance Project at www.energytaxincentives.org
Download SolarCity's MASH Brochure (pdf) for more details.