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California AB 693: Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program & the Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program (MASH)

2015

California’s SOMAH and MASH programs provide an example of how financial incentives can be used to support installation of solar energy photovoltaic (PV) systems on multifamily affordable housing properties. Assembly Bill 693 provides financial incentives for the installation of PV systems, prescribes criteria for participation in the incentive program, sets targets for installation of solar PV systems, identifies various required elements for the Program, and gives direction to the California Public Utilities Commission on the administration of the Program. The SOMAH program's goal is to encourage the installation of 300 megawatts (MW) of solar power to benefit affordable housing units by 2030. This program is funded through GHG allowance auction proceeds and is administered by nonprofits and electric utilities. Eligible building owners and tenants can receive solar credits through a virtual net energy metering system. The program provides direct economic benefits by allowing low-income renters to receive energy produced on the roof of their housing unit, which lowers monthly utility costs and helps “disadvantaged communities” reap the benefits of the growing California solar industry. 

 

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Connecticut Green Bank Solar For All Program

2015

In 2015, Connecticut recognized that its standard solar incentive program for homeowners, the Residential Solar Incentive Program (RSIP), had successfully promoted residential solar development, but was serving very few low-income homeowners. To increase low and middle income (LMI) homeowner access to credit for solar, the Connecticut Green Bank (which was established by the Connecticut General Assembly), developed a model for providing these homeowners with cost-effective residential solar power and energy efficiency, and applied it to a partnership with solar provider PosiGen Solar (PosiGen). The Green Bank's Solar For All program provides financial support to PosiGen, which uses this financing to build solar panels on LMI homes. PosiGen retains ownership of the panels, benefits from the solar rebates provided under the RSIP, and leases the solar panels to homeowners. Homeowners benefit financially by avoiding large upfront payments for their solar systems, and by reducing electricity costs. Additionally, all PosiGen customers receive efficiency upgrades. The average PosiGen customer in Connecticut receives a net annual financial benefit of $450. For the first six years of solar panel operation, PosiGen owns and benefits from the Renewable Energy Credits – the excess power created by the panels. Ownership of these credits is then transferred to the Bank, which makes back some of the money it spends on the RSIP. 

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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grant Program

July 2015

The New York State (NYS) Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health announced in July 2015 that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. For State Fiscal Year 2015-2016, $30 million of the funding will be available for clean water (wastewater) projects with priority given to the projects that increase resiliency to sea level rise and extreme weather events. 

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Preparing for the Next Storm: How a Grant Will Help Detroit Fight Blight and Floods

August 7, 2015

The City of Detroit, Michigan government received an $8. 9 million grant in 2015 from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Sanction Fund. Detroit plans to use the grant to demolish blighted homes and use vacant lots to reduce flooding through stormwater control, which could become more common with climate change. This grant is particularly significant, because it is the first time Detroit was eligible to receive additional federal funding  due to its history of mismanaging federal funds.

Author or Affiliated User: Adriane Davis

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EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

September 1, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students to design green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and increase resiliency to climate change. Registration for the 2015 Challenge opened Sept. 1 and ends Sept. 30. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 18, 2015, and winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.

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Delaware Coastal Management Assistance Program

September 16, 2015

Delaware’s Coastal Management Assistance Program improves local capacity to conserve and manage coastal resources, and supports the integration of coastal management principals through local planning and implementation activities. The program provides special area management planning, assistance to state and local governments for local land use planning, and offers technical assistance to communities.

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Climate Change Adaptation a Strategic Priority for FY2016 Technical Assistance Funding through Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs

October 2015

In October 2015, the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) announced that for fiscal year 2016 climate change adaptation planning, assessment, and implementation was to receive the highest priority for OIA technical assistance program (TAP) funding. OIA accepted TAP applications for climate adaptation focused projects for FY 2016 only. OIA TAP funding for FY 2017 is no longer climate focused.  Information on both years funding priorities can be found through the grants. gov website under CFDA #15.

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Honor the Earth Grantmaking Program

October 22, 2015

Honor the Earth is currently funding its Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative. Funding is limited to Indigenous-led organizations only. Honor the Earth recognizes that Native grassroots groups remain on the frontlines of environmental protection in the U. S. , but there are ongoing disparities in philanthropy. According to Honor the Earth’s website, as of 2016, only 0. 07% of philanthropy goes to Native groups. Starting in 2011, Honor the Earth created the first and only grant-making partnership between a Native organization and a national charitable institution, the Native Communities Program.

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DOT Fastlane Grants

December 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, also known as the FASTLANE program, is a new competitive grant program that was included in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) to provide funding for nationally significant highway, bridge, and freight projects. Congress authorized $800 million in funding for the FASTLANE program for the 2017 fiscal year.

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New York City Green Infrastructure Grant Program

2016

New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program is a multi-agency effort led by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The NYC DEP offers a green infrastructure grant program for private property owners in combined sewer areas of New York City. The program provides funding for green infrastructure projects that manage the first inch of rainfall, including blue roofs, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement and rainwater harvesting. Private property owners in combined sewer areas are eligible for the grants of up to $5 million.

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