Energy Efficiency

CHPC works directly with owners to help them identify creative ways to finance energy efficiency retrofits in their buildings. This involves educating owners about the programs and opportunities for rebates and funding available to them, as well as developing innovative financing tools to assist those owners hoping to complete energy efficiency work outside of a major retrofit.

Low-Income Weatherization Program

The Low-income Weatherization Program (LIWP) will install rooftop solar systems, solar hot water heater systems and weatherization measures on low-income households in disadvantaged communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. LIWP makes available $75 million for weatherization measures.

The California Housing Partnership is working closely with the California Department of Community Services and Development and the Association for Energy Affordability to lead the outreach effort for LIWP. Through direct owner engagement and education, CHPC hopes to increase participation in LIWP and equip owners to use all the advantages of the program.

For information about LIWP, please contact Blanca de la Cruz at bdelacruz@chpc.net.

On-bill Repayment

The California Housing Partnership has worked for several years to develop a financing tool that would allow owners to easily finance energy efficiency retrofits through a payment on their utility bill, rather than through complex and cumbersome debt. After supplying testimony to the California Public Utilities Commission on the benefits and potential of OBR, California now has a statewide OBR pilot scheduled to begin in early 2016.

Throughout the pilot, CHPC will continue to engage directly with owners interested in using OBR to finance energy efficiency retrofits in their buildings.

For more information about OBR, please contactBlanca de la Cruz at bdelacruz@chpc.net.