- How much money is being invested? $75 million in 2014
- What are the conditions? 100% distribution to low-income households in Disadvantaged Communities for energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy systems
- Who’s in charge? The Department of Community Services and Development
California’s 2014-15 State Budget provides $75 million to the Department of Community Services and Development for the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) Community for projects that will reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) through energy efficiency and solar projects in low-income single and multi-family homes throughout the state.
Though the LIWP does not receive a continuous appropriation under SB 862, it is identified as one of only nine programs identified in the bill that will compete for 40% of all cap-and-trade funds on an annual basis. Other SC4A priorities captured in this category include urban forestry and local parks.
100% of the $75 million is required to be invested in Disadvantaged Communities. This critical program will save low-income families significant money on their monthly energy costs and reduce emissions.
There is a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations that are eligible under this program including:
- Cooling and heating systems
- Water heating systems
- Solar PV systems
- Solar water heating
Awards are being made in spring and summer.
- SB 862, the law that created the LCTOP
- Department of Community Services and Development
- Low-Income Weatherization Program homepage
- CAL-EPA’s CalEnviroScreen
- Air Resources Board’s draft guidelines for SB 535 compliance