The California Solar Initiative's Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program has issued the July 2013 edition of the MASH Semi-Annual Progress Report, which provides detailed information on the MASH Program's progress in each of the three service territories in California. Recent highlights and milestones of the program include:
- 17.98 MW of solar capacity is now interconnected across 278 projects statewide that serve multi-family affordable housing.
- 96 MASH Track 1 projects are currently reserved, with capacity of more than 10.5 MW.
- More than $65 million has been paid to completed projects; an additional $27 million is reserved for pending projects.
- After being expanded by previous CPUC decisions, there are now over 6,200 tenant units participating in Virtual Net Metering thanks to the MASH program.
On August 4, 2011, Navigant Consulting, Inc issued the CSI SASH and MASH Impact and Cost Benefit Report.
On June 10, 2011, Navigant Consulting, Inc issued the CSI MASH Biennial Report
On April 5, 2011, Navigant Consulting, Inc issued the CSI SASH and MASH Program Administrator Performance Assessment Report, which provides an evaluation of the MASH Program."
On April 1, 2011, Navigant Consulting, Inc issued the SASH program. The CSI SASH and MASH Market Assessment Report, which provides an evaluation of the MASH program.
Currently, all three MASH program administrators have filled Track 1 incentives and have established waitlists. When projects with reservations in Track 1 are cancelled, suspended or drop out, the waitlist projects will be selected for reservations.
For more information about the MASH program waitlisting process, please contact your regional program administrator, listed below.
About the MASH Program
Established in 2008, the MASH Program provides solar incentives on qualifying affordable housing multifamily dwellings. The goals of the MASH program are to:
- Stimulate the adoption of solar power in the affordable housing sector;
- Improve energy utilization and overall quality of affordable housing through the application of solar and enrgy efficiency technologies;
- Decrease electricity use and costs without increasing monthly household expenses for affordable housing building occupants; and
- Increase awareness and appreciation of the benefits of solar among affordable housing occupants and developers.
The MASH program provides two types of incentives - Track 1 incentives and Track 2 incentives. Track 1 incentives provide fixed, upfront capacity-based incentives for solar PV systems that offset common area and tenant loads. The MASH Track 1 incentive reate structure is as follows:
MASH Track 1 Incentive Rates (shown in $ per watt)
PV System Offsetting
Common Area Load
PV System Offsetting
Track 2 offers higher incentives to applicants who provide quantifiable “direct tenant benefits” (i.e. any operating costs savings from solar that are shared with their tenants). Track 2 incentives will be accepted every six months through a competitive process. The MASH Program Administrators are currently developing a statewide application and review process for Track 2 incentives.
To qualify for MASH Track 1 or Track 2 incentives, a property must meet the definition of “low-income residential housing” per Public Utilities Code 2852 and have occupancy permit for at least two years prior to applying for incentives.
For more information on the CSI MASH Program, please consult the CSI Program Handbook.
For information on the launch of the CSI MASH Program, please read the CPUC regulatory decision that authorized the program. You may also contact the CPUC's Distributed Generation team with regulatory questions.
The MASH program is managed by the Program Administrators of the General Market CSI Program: Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and The California Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego Gas & Electric territory. Please contact the Program Managers with eligibility questions, program applications, solar and energy efficiency questions and in identifying loans, grants and other financing options. The MASH Program Administrators can be contacted at:
- Pacific Gas & Electric - Solar Customer Service Center 1-877-743-4112, Solar Hotline 415-973-3480
- Southern California Edision - Contact 866-584-7436
- In San Diego Gas & Electric territory - Contact the California Center for Sustainable Energy at 858-244-1177 or MASH@energycenter.org