Community Solar Pilot Program

The Community Solar Pilot Program is a new program administered by the Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) to provide solar energy benefits to low-income households. With program oversight and direction provided by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), CSD will provide up to $5 million in funding for two or more community solar projects for the purposes of making the benefits of solar energy more available to eligible low-income households, lowering residents’ energy bills, and providing co-benefits to communities, including economic and workforce development. Final Proposals DUE October 2, 2018.

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CSD anticipates awarding up to $5 million total for two or more eligible projects with a minimum solar array size of 250 kW with no single award to exceed $3 million.

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Department of Community Services and Development
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The Prime Proposer/Contractor eligibility is limited to: 1. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organizations; 2. Local government entities; 3. Publicly Owned Utilities; 4. Community Development Finance Institutions (must be a non-profit); 5. Community Development Corporations; 6. Joint Powers Authorities; 7. Tribal Governments; 8. Community Choice Aggregators. For this pilot program, projects must provide benefits to low-income households. This may include owners or renters of single-family homes, multifamily dwelling units, or mobile homes. Households already benefiting from existing solar PV installations will be excluded from participating.