FREE IMPROVEMENTS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPLEXES
The following free improvements are offered to living complexes (a) that are classified as affordable housing, and/or (b) whose residents are primarily classified as lower income. These may be used for their common or general areas or for shared use with low-income residences. The prerequisite is permission for tenants to participate in the Energy Savings Assistance programs to receive free in-unit energy improvements as approved by the landlord. All replacement improvements will be with energy-efficient models. The primary free programs available include:
A. Free Multifamily Common Area Energy Efficiency Measures (ESA MF-CAM)
Replacement of central furnaces and boilers (10+ years old)
Replacement of central water heaters (10+ years old)
Replacement of central air conditioning systems
Smart Wi-Fi connected Nest™ Thermostats
Variable speed pool pumps
LED pool and spa lighting
LED garage and parking area lighting
LED exit signs
LED hall and common area lighting
High efficiency clothes washers
High efficiency clothes dryers
Energy Efficient Refrigerator replacement
Duct testing and sealing
Water-saving aerators and massage showerheads
Smart power surge protectors
Door seals and weather stripping
Caulking and sealing of air leakage points
Minor energy saving repairs to doors, windows, walls, etc.
B. FREE BATTERY BACK-UP SYSTEMS (SGIP Battery)
Deed-restricted affordable housing located in utility-commission high fire threat districts (https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/firemap/) may receive storage and back-up battery systems to protect against power outages. The battery system can also be used to take advantage of much lower off-peak time-of-use electric rates throughout the year.
The battery systems can normally be installed at no cost both for the building and/or common areas, or for the individual residential units.
Through the Self-Generated Incentive Program (SGIP), Quality Conservation can normally provide this service at no cost to you or your tenants. A prerequisite is permission for the tenants to receive free in-unit energy improvements. If Quality Conservation cannot offer you this service at no cost, we will refer you to another participating contractor who can help you take advantage of the utility rebates to greatly reduce your costs.
C. FREE PHOTVOLTAIC (PV) SOLAR SYSTEMS (SOMAH)
Deed-restricted affordable housing complexes can frequently receive whole-building solar systems installed at no cost through the SOMAH (Solar On Multifamily Affordable Housing) Program. Prerequisite is approval for tenants to participate in Energy Savings Assistance program or receive approved in-unit energy improvements.
The amount contributed (2019-2021 average awarded has been $396,000, and frequently exceeds $1 million) is a sliding scale depending upon the size of the system required and the fraction which is used to offset tenant electric bills and the portion used to offset common area utility bills. If Quality Conservation cannot offer you this service at no cost, we will refer you to another participating contractor who can help you take advantage of the utility rebates to greatly reduce your potential costs.
YOUR NEXT STEP: Contact us now to enroll Your complex in the no-cost Energy Improvement Program best for you and your tenants or to secure any other information You may need for a final decision. If you email or leave a message, let us know Your name, how to contact you, and the location and approximate number of residences you may have available.
The Bay Area (San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties):
(866) 794-5129, ext. 101
The Greater Los Angeles Area (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties):