Clean Energy TA & Demonstrations

The California Housing Partnership works directly with nonprofit affordable housing owners and public housing authorities to help them identify creative ways to finance energy and water retrofits and clean energy improvements for their properties. This involves educating owners about the programs and opportunities for incentives available to them, as well as developing innovative demonstration projects to explore new technologies, financing tools and business models for affordable rental homes.


Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP)

The California Low-income Weatherization Program for Multifamily Properties (LIWP) installs rooftop solar systems, solar hot water heater systems and weatherization measures on low-income multifamily properties in disadvantaged communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.

The California Housing Partnership works closely with the Association for Energy Affordability to lead the outreach effort for LIWP and provide technical assistance to affordable housing owners and operators.

For information about LIWP, please contact Michael Claproth at mclaproth@chpc.net.


Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH)

The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program provides financial incentives for installing photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on multifamily affordable housing in California. The program delivers clean power and credits on energy bills to hundreds of thousands of the state’s affordable housing residents. SOMAH is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

The California Housing Partnership works closely with the CPUC to lead the outreach effort for SOMAH and provide technical assistance to affordable housing owners and operators.

For information about SOMAH, please contact Rachael Diaz at rdiaz@chpc.net.


Demonstration Projects

The California Housing Partnership partners with mission-aligned organizations to demonstrate innovate energy and water technologies, business models and financing solutions for affordable rental homes.

WATER ENERGY NEXIS
In 2020, we published a report on crossover in plumbing systems that typically occurs when valves fail or leak and water mixes between a building’s hot and cold water pipes. The report provides information for multifamily building owners and presents targeted crossover investigation and repair strategies to decrease high water use and reduce energy bills.

ON-BILL REPAYMENT
In 2017, we published a case study on our Santa Monica test of financing energy savings through on-bill repayment, rather than through a loan. Our findings helped to shape California’s statewide on-bill repayment pilot, which launched in 2018.