GRID Alternatives is the statewide program manager for the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes Program (SASH), a ratepayer-funded program through the California Public Utilities Commission that provides up-front rebates to help low-income homeowners access the benefits of solar power.
The SASH Program originated with California Assembly Bill 2723, which directed that a minimum of 10% of California Solar Initiative funds be set aside for programs assisting low-income households in accessing solar technology. SASH, one of two targeted low-income programs that resulted, provides significant rebates on solar electric systems to qualifying single-family homeowners in the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) service territories. Originally scheduled to sunset in 2015, the SASH program has been extended until 2021.
- Create broad community engagement with solar in low-income affordable housing.
- Provide education for low-income homeowners on the benefits of energy efficiency and solar technologies.
- Enroll and refer qualifying families to providers for energy efficiency services.
- Enable low-income families to access money-saving solar technologies by providing up-front incentives.
- Provide opportunities for community volunteers to participate and for public-private partnerships supporting low-income communities to develop.
- Support local green-jobs training and workforce development programs by enabling job trainees to participate in solar electric system installations.