To find out if you live in a community that is eligible for the solar programs described below, use this map to look up your address. Income-qualified homeowners in eligible communities, please visit GRID Alternatives’ website to learn about having solar installed through the DAC-SASH program.

Assembly Bill (AB) 327 (Perea, 2013) directed the California Public Utilities Commission (the CPUC) to develop specific alternatives designed to increase adoption of renewable generation in disadvantaged communities (DACs). In June 2018, the CPUC created three programs to increase access to solar for residents of disadvantaged communities located within PG&E's, SCE's, or SDG&E's service territory in Decision (D.)18-06-027. The programs are:

1.  Disadvantaged Communities - Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH)  

This program enables income-qualified homeowners in DACs to receive no-cost rooftop solar installations. Program evaluation information is at the bottom of this page under “Events and Documents”. DAC-SASH is run by GRID Alternatives and is currently accepting applications.  Visit GRID Alternatives' website to see if you qualify and to apply.

DAC-SASH Marketing, Education, and Outreach Plans:

2.  Disadvantaged Communities - Green-Tariff (DAC-GT)

The program enables income-qualified, residential customers in DACs who may be unable to install solar on their roof to benefit from utility scale clean energy and receive a 20% bill discount. The program is modeled after the existing Green Tariff portion of the Green Tariff/Shared Renewables Programs and is available to customers who meet the income eligibility requirements for the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs.

PG&E launched its DAC-GT program in February 2020 and automatically enrolled eligible customers up to its capacity cap per D.20-07-008.  Clean Power Alliance launched its program in January 2021 and is currently enrolling customers. The three large investor-owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) and ten Community Choice Aggregators (Clean Power Alliance, CleanPower-SF, East Bay Community Energy, Lancaster Choice Energy, Marin Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, Pico Rivera Innovative Municipal Energy, San Jacinto Power, San Jose Clean Energy, and San Diego Community Power) have launched or will be launching project solicitations.

3.  Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT)

This program enables residential customers in DACs who may be unable to install solar on their roof to benefit from a local solar project and receive a 20% bill discount. The communities work with a local non-profit or government “sponsor” to organize community interest and present siting locations to the utility or CCA; the sponsor can also receive an incentive for its efforts.

The three large investor-owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) and five Community Choice Aggregators (Clean Power Alliance, CleanPowerSF, East Bay Community Energy, Marin Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, and San Diego Community Power) have launched or will be launching project solicitations. 

Defining Eligible Communities

To define disadvantaged communities which communities are eligible for these solar programs, the CPUC relied on CalEnviroScreen, which identifies California communities by census tract that are disproportionately burdened by and vulnerable to multiple sources of pollution.

For these programs, the CPUC defines a "disadvantaged community" as a community that appears among the top 25 percent of sensus tracts identified by CalEnviroScreen statewide, as well as 22 census tracts in the highest 5 percent of CalEnviroScreen's Pollution Burden, but that do not have an overall CalEnviroScreen score because of unreliable socioeconomic or health data.  DACs eligible for these solar programs can be explored by clicking here.

To learn more about the Commission’s work with disadvantaged communities click here.  

Program Descriptions

Disadvantaged Communities - Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH)

The Disadvantaged Communities - Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program, modeled after the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program, provides assistance in the form of up-front financial incentives for the installation of rooftop solar generating systems. The incentives provided through DAC-SASH assist low-income DAC customers in overcoming barriers to the installation of onsite solar energy, such as lack of capital or credit needed to finance a solar installation.

The DAC-SASH program also incorporates job training objectives to promote green-collar jobs in low-income communities and to develop a trained workforce that will foster a sustainable solar industry in California. Through a competitive solicitation, GRID Alternatives was selected to serve as the statewide program administrator for the DAC-SASH program. GRID's DAC-SASH Program Handbook and Program Implementation Plan were approved by the CPUC in Resolution E-5020 on September 12, 2019, signaling the official launch of the DAC-SASH program.

The DAC-SASH Program January 2022 Semi-Annual Progress Report which provides detailed information on the program's progress in each of the three service territories in California.  Please visit GRID's DAC-SASH website to apply to DAC-SASH and learn more about program implementation.  

Search by address on the State's CES 4.0 map, to determine geographic eligibility.

As directed by CPUC Decision (D.) 15-01-027 and D.18-06-027, Evergreen Economics and Brightline Group are conducting an evaluation of DAC-SASH, and its predecessor program SASH, beginning in winter 2021 and are expected to complete their reports in the summer 2022. Updates on the evaluation process are below under the “Events & Documents” section. Notifications are sent to R.12-11-005 and R.14-07-002 service lists.

Highlights and milestones for the Program through January, 2022 include:

  • Over 1,130 PV systems have been installed and interconnected across all three utility territories.
  • In total these projects have or will receive approximately $14.2 million in incentives and represent 3.95 MW of solar capacity.
  • The program has referred over 1,932 low-income homeowners to the utilities' Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA), of which 659 (34%) enrolled in the program.

Eligible customers:

Income-qualified, single-family homeowners inDACs (must be eligible for CARE or FERA)

Customers receive:

$3/watt incentives to install an onsite solar system and energy efficiency training

Project location:

In DACs on a qualified customer's property

Project size:

1 kilowatt (kW) - 5 kilowatts (kW)

Program budget:

$120 million total

($10 million per year 2019 - 2030)

Disadvantaged Communities - Green Tariff (DAC-GT).

The Disadvantaged Communities - Green Tariff (DAC-GT) program is modeled after the Green Tariff portion of the Green Tariff/Shared Renewables Program (GTSR). DAC-GT allows customers who are not in a position to take advantage of SOMAH or DAC-SASH through onsite solar, to still benefit from solar energy.

PG&E's, SCE's, and SDG&E's implementation plans for the DAC-GT program were approved with modification in Resolution E-4999.

Eligible customers:

Income eligible residential customers in DACs(must be eligible for CARE or FERA)

Customers receive:

100% renewable energy

20% off their otherwise applicable electric rate

Project location:

In DACs

Project size:

500 kilowatts (kW) - 20 megawatts (MW)

Program capacity:

(MW caps within each utility's service territory, with some capacity reserved for CCAs)

PG&E: 70 MW

SCE: 70 MW

SDG&E:18 MW

 

Please check the DAC-GT link above for more information and updates.

Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT).

The Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) program is a variation on the Green Tariff/Shared Renewables Program. It is structured similarly to the DAC-Green Tariff program but requires each solar project to be located in proximity to the customers it serves.

The CSGT program also provides participating customers a sense of ownership in locally-generated solar power via the required participation of a community sponsor. Community sponsors will help ensure interest from the local community and community engagement in project siting. If eligible, community sponsors can receive a 20 percent bill discount on up to 25 percent of a CSGT project's energy output.

 

Eligible customers:

Residential customers in DACs or in San Joaquin Valley (SJV) pilot communities identified in R.15-03-010.

(50% of a project’s output must be subscribed by customers eligible for CARE or FERA)

Customers receive:

100% renewable energy

20% off their otherwise applicable electric rate

Project location:

In DACs within 5 miles of DAC(s) where subscribing customers reside or within 40 miles for SJV pilot communities

Project size:

No minimum size ~ 4.4* (MW)

*4.4 MW is the maximum project size for SCE, PG&E’s maximum project size is 4.3 MW, other jurisdictions are capped at 3 MW

Program capacity:

(MW caps within each utility's service territory, with some capacity reserved for CCAs)

PG&E:18 MW

SCE:18 MW

SDG&E:5 MW

 

Please check the CSGT link above for more information and updates.

Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs)

Decision 18-06-027 specifically authorized CCAs to launch their own DAC-GT and CSGT programs as long as they met all the rules and requirements established in the Decision.

The Energy Division held a public workshop on September 16, 2019 to discuss CCA program implementation issues. The workshop agenda is available here. The workshop presentations are available here and here.  Please note that the presentations are provided for discussion purposes only.

Regulatory Documents

  • D.18-06-027: Decision creating the DAC-SASH, DAC-GT, and CSGT programs. 
  • D.18-10-007: Decision correcting and clarifying Decision 18-06-027.
  • D.20-07-008: Decision implementing automatic enrollment of PG&E's DAC-GT program.
  • D.20-12-003: Decision regarding PFM of D.18-06-027, providing direction regarding marketing and outreach of DAC-SASH, and expanding DAC-SASH eligibility to California Indian Country.
  • Resolution E-4999: Approves PG&E's, SCE's, and SDG&E's DAC-GT and CSGT program implementation plans with modifications.
  • Resolution E-5020: Approves GRID Alternative's DAC-SASH Program Handbook and Program Implementation Plan.
  • Resolution E-5102: Approves Clean Power Alliance’s DAC-GT and CSGT program implementation plans with modifications.
  • Resolution E-5124: Approves CleanPowerSF’s, East Bay Community Energy’s, Marin Clean Energy’s, Peninsula Clean Energy’s, and San Jose Clean Energy’s DAC-GT and/or CSGT program implementation plans with modifications.
  • Resolution E-5125: Approves with modification PG&E’s and SCE’s requests to adjust administrative and marketing budget caps for the DAC-GT and/or CSGT programs.

  • Resolution E-5130: Approves Lancaster Choice Energy’s, Pico Rivera Innovative Municipal Energy’s, and San Jacinto Power’s DAC-GT program implementation plans with modifications.

Events & Documents