New Solar Homes Partnership Program (NSHP)

Beginning September 1, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) will become the sole program administrator for all three service territories, including PG&E.
  • August 1, 2014: New reservation applications and payment claims submitted by mail should be sent to the Energy Commission at the address identified on the Goslar California website. Applicants are still encouraged to submit reservation applications and payment claims using the online application tool, when possible.
  • The utilities will continue to work with stakeholders on reservation applications and payment claims that were previously submitted and are currently under review until August 20, 2014.
  • September 1, 2014: The Energy Commission becomes the sole administrator of the NSHP program. All documents and inquiries should be directed to the Energy Commission at 1-844-217-4925.
All new inquiries should be directed to the Energy Commission Renewables Call Center at or 1-844-217-4925.
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Program Overview

The New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) program is part of a comprehensive statewide solar program known as the California Solar Initiative, which was launched on January 1, 2007. The goal of the program is to help create a self-sustaining solar market by including high-performing solar systems for new homes. With a budget of $400 million, the program aims to achieve 360 megawatts (MW) of installed solar electric capacity throughout California in 10 years.

Important note: The NSHP incentives will decline over the life of the program as it reaches its megawatt capacity goals. The program will end no later than December 31, 2016. View the current program activity and budget on the Go Solar California website.

Who Benefits from the Program?

The NSHP provides financial incentives and other support to homeowners, as well as builders and developers, in order to encourage the construction of new, energy-efficient solar homes. The program is only for new residential homes.


Expected Performance-based Incentive (EPBI)

The program’s incentive is based on a number of factors used in estimating the expected performance of each new system. The actual amount of the incentive is determined by the California Energy Commission's solar PV calculator, and takes into account equipment efficiency and design, as well as installation factors, such as geography, mounting type, orientation, tilt and shading.

The NSHP offers different levels of incentives for market-rate, conventional housing and affordable housing projects. Higher incentives are offered for solar installations on homes that achieve higher levels of energy efficiency as well as qualified affordable housing projects. For the value of current incentives, please visit the NSHP trigger tracker.

All of the following solar system requirements are necessary in order to qualify for this incentive program.

Technology A solar (photovoltaic) energy system that directly converts sunlight to electricity with a capacity of at least 1 kilowatt (kW) alternating current (AC) must be located on the site of the residential property where it will be used.
System Ownership A solar energy system must be purchased, leased or under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Building Type A solar energy system must be installed in conjunction with the construction of a new home permanently fixed to its foundation. Building types include single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, condominiums or other multifamily dwellings. Total renovations and major remodels may qualify.
Energy Efficiency A solar energy system must be installed on new buildings that have achieved high levels of energy efficiency. The required energy efficiency depends on the Title 24 Building Standard that the home is permitted under.
  • 2008 Title 24 homes must achieve Tier 1 15% above-code performance to qualify for incentives. Higher incentives are offered for homes that achieve Tier 2 30% above-code performance with 30% cooling savings.
  • 2013 Title 24 code-compliant homes qualify for lower incentives. Higher incentives are offered for homes that achieve 15% and 30% above code performance with 30% cooling savings.
  • Appliances provided by builder/developer must be ENERGY STAR®
Grid Connected A solar energy system must be permanently interconnected to PG&E's electrical distribution grid.
System Installation A solar energy system must be installed by a contractor with an active A, B, C-10 or a C-46 license.
Warranty Requirements A solar energy system must have no less than a 10-year warranty provided in combination by the solar system manufacturer and installer.
System Components All major system components must be new and on the California Energy Commission (CEC) eligible-equipment list and not used in any other location or for any other application. All systems must be installed with a standalone performance meter or an inverter with a built-in performance meter to determine the amount of energy produced.
System Size The maximum incentive paid for a system on a single-family residential unit is limited to the first 7.5 kW AC of the system. This limit does not apply to common area and Virtual Net Energy Metering (VNEM) projects.
Field Verification A solar energy system must be field verified by a third-party Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater.

This checklist will help to determine if you are ready to apply to the NSHP program:

Work with your contractor to complete an online reservation or refer to our checklist to learn more about the application process.


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    Mailing Address
    PG&E Solar and Customer Generation—CSI
    PO Box 7433
    San Francisco, CA 94120

    Street Address (Application Fee Submittals Only):
    PG&E Solar and Customer Generation—CSI
    245 Market St., MC N7R
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1797

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