Affordable Housing

  • December 2, 2014

Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH)

MASH Incentives Reduce the Cost of Solar for Affordable Housing Projects by 75 Percent

Developers of affordable housing, as well as building owners, are moving quickly to qualify for the new California funds designed to significantly lower the cost of solar power for multifamily housing buildings. The new MASH Program through the California Solar Initiative began in 2009. With the government covering the majority of the cost of going solar, there has never been a better time for affordable housing developers and building owners to power their properties with clean, renewable solar energy and significantly reduce their ongoing electricity costs.

If you don’t want to pay cash or you can’t use tax benefits, Sunworks can help you finance your solar system with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with no money down and a low monthly payment.

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MASH—California Program Designed to Facilitate Solar Adoption

The California Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program (MASH) has been specifically designed to help facilitate the acceleration of solar power in the California affordable housing sector. The incentive rates are tiered based on whether a solar installation provides power directly to tenants or to the common areas of an affordable housing complex.

Who Qualifies for California’s Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Rebates?

Those that currently qualify for the MASH incentives are the customers within the regions of these following utility companies:
• Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
• San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
• Southern California Edison (SCE)

In order for these eligible electricity customers to receive incentives through the MASH Program projects need to fall under the definition of “low-income residential housing,” which has been set forth in the Public Utility Code 2852. According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), approximately 2 million households (approximately 50 percent of low income households) in California live in multifamily dwellings that fit within the definition of “low income residential housing.”

The MASH program allows both for-profit companies and nonprofits to benefit.

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Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Additional Resources

Your Sunworks account manager will completely educate you on the MASH Program, guide you through the process, as well as provide an in-depth cost estimate. More information about the MASH Program can also be found in California Solar Initiative Handbook.

For additional information on available tax credits, visit the Tax Incentives Assistance Project.