What Is The New Solar Homes Partnership?

The California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is part of the comprehensive statewide solar program, known as the California Solar Initiative. The NSHP provides financial incentives and other support to home builders, encouraging the construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric bills and protect the environment.

What is an NSHP Solar Home?

In California's New Solar Homes Partnership, a solar home is a highly energy efficient home that uses photovoltaic (or PV) modules to generate electricity from the sun. While the science to convert sunlight directly into electricity has been around for decades, in recent years both the technology and economics have improved for photovoltaics, and now systems are becoming mainstream. Currently, California has tens of thousands of homeowners enjoying the benefits of solar on their homes.

A solar home with high energy-efficiency features offers homeowners:

  • Clean, renewable energy
  • Utility bill savings
  • Predictable utility costs
  • Protection against future rising electricity costs

Becoming a Partner Builder in the New Solar Homes Partnership

The California Energy Commission is pleased to welcome new home builders as partners in the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) campaign.

Builders in California that integrate solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity systems and high energy-efficiency standards throughout their developments are eligible to participate and receive financial incentives.