The New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is a program that was brought into effect by the California Solar Initiative (CSI), the legislative bill that has had a significant impact on the growth of solar in the Golden State. In essence, NSHP provides funding and incentives for home builders to construct new houses with renewable energy installations (mainly solar) already included, as a way of encourage solar ownership.

Installing solar power when a house is being constructed is less expensive than adding it after the structure is built. As a result, lawmakers are trying to create conditions in which home​ builders and families who were having custom houses built could automatically upgrade to solar panels rather than waiting.

NSHP incentives can be used for the construction of solar energy systems that are owned by the occupants of the house, as well as those that are installed as part of a leasing contract or power purchase agreement (PPA).

Residents who live in the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) zone are eligible to take advantage of NSHP rebates, assuming they meet a set of criteria which the program lays out on the website. These include making sure that your solar panels can be connected to the grid, that they’re installed by a licensed contractor and that they’re being placed on a new home.

West Coast Solar can provide installation services if you choose to take advantage of this program. We have many years of experience providing homeowners in the Bay Area with solar energy solutions, which help them reduce their environmental footprint and save thousands of dollars in electricity expenses.