SASH Brings Affordable Solar Energy Systems to Low-Income Households while Prepping Local Volunteers for Careers in Solar Industry
Lancaster, CA. August 27, 2014 –During last night’s meeting, the Lancaster City Council approved the Low Income Housing Solar Program, known as SASH: Single-Family Affordable Housing. The program, which is managed by the non-profit organization Grid Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GLA) on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), will fund the installation of solar systems on qualified low-income households, providing Lancaster residents affordable options for investing in alternative energy. The program will also provide hands-on experience for local students and workers to install this solar technology, thus aiding the local workforce as it transitions into the new energy economy.
A program within the CPUC’s California Solar Initiative, SASH works to help communities gain optimal access to solar energy technology. Specifically, SASH involves the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on qualified residential homes, thus lowering utility bills while raising property values. When the program becomes available to Lancaster residents, all households may apply to receive the SASH PV installation, but only qualified low-income households will receive their installation at little to no charge.
SASH also provides local students and other volunteer workers with the skills they need to pursue a career in solar installation. The City will work with GLA to establish a training program partnership with local job training and community college programs. Via these partnerships, trainees will have the opportunity to participate in solar electric system installations in the community.
In addition to helping residents and local workers transition into the growing alternative energy arena, the SASH program will help put Lancaster even closer to its goal of becoming America’s first Net-Zero city. By making solar technology available to residents of all socio-economic statuses, SASH further enables the entire Lancaster community to make the solar transition together.
“The SASH program is a remarkable program that will benefit our residents and our workforce,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The program will bring us even closer to our Net-Zero ambitions by providing all of our residents an opportunity to utilize solar energy- a natural, abundant and cost efficient and resource.”
For more information regarding GLA and SASH, call Grid Alternatives toll-free at (866) 921-4696 or visit http://gridalternatives.org/learn/sash. For more information regarding the California Solar Initiative, visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/energy/solar/aboutsolar.html