Financing Energy Savings Through On-Bill Repayment

Financing Energy Savings Through On-Bill Repayment

In 2016, the California Housing Partnership partnered with Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future and Community Corp of Santa Monica to test On-Bill Repayment (OBR) financing for energy and water efficiency improvements in five properties in Santa Monica. This case study describes the challenges and lessons learned during that test.


$1 Billion Plan to Provide Integrated Solar Energy to Low-Income Renters is First in Nation

$1 Billion Plan to Provide Integrated Solar Energy to Low-Income Renters is First in Nation

San Francisco, CA ‒ On August 3rd, California’s leading low-income, environmental, and affordable housing groups submitted a proposed plan to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to spend up to $1 billion in Cap-and-Trade funding for solar energy systems to benefit low-income renters. This is the first such plan in the nation and Read More


Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition AB 693 Implementation Proposal

Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition AB 693 Implementation Proposal

The Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition submitted a joint proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission for implementing last year’s Assembly Bill 693, which authorized the use of utility Cap-and-Trade auction revenue to fund solar energy systems on affordable multifamily rental properties in California. The Coalition includes the California Housing Partnership, California Environmental Read More


Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage

Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage

This economic analysis indicates that pairing solar PV with battery storage systems can deliver significant electricity bill savings for California affordable housing residents and property owners. Battery storage is emerging as an effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not Read More


An Affordable Housing Owner’s Guide to Utility Allowances

An Affordable Housing Owner’s Guide to Utility Allowances

Produced in partnership with the National Housing Law Project, this guide provides owners of affordable rental housing a roadmap for navigating the challenges of utility allowance adjustments. It provides an overview of federal program requirements as well as tips for considering utility allowance adjustments as part of an energy efficiency financing strategy. 


Energy Efficiency Program Matrix

Energy Efficiency Program Matrix

Matrix of Utility Multifamily Energy Efficiency & Renewable Incentive Programs in California


Mutual Housing California Achieves Zero Net Energy in Woodland

Mutual Housing California Achieves Zero Net Energy in Woodland

When Mutual Housing at Spring Lake opened its doors, the 62-unit apartment development became the first multifamily affordable rental development in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes certification. Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings produce as much energy as they use… 


Greening City Gardens

Greening City Gardens

The California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) is a private nonprofit organization committed to helping government and nonprofit housing agencies preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing for lower income households throughout California. Through our Green Rental home Energy Efficiency Network (GREEN) and related advocacy efforts, CHPC is expanding access to energy efficiency Read More


SAHA Creates a Model for Achieving Verified Energy Savings

SAHA Creates a Model for Achieving Verified Energy Savings

Berkeley-based nonprofit affordable housing owner Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) is using sophisticated tools to track energy and water performance at Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments, leading to clearly quantifiable energy savings.  These results can lead to improvements not only in the operations of the property but also in how future energy Read More


Barriers to Weatherizing California

Barriers to Weatherizing California

This study examines various approaches undertaken by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) to make energy efficiency improvements to low income rental multifamily dwellings (MFDs).