§ 18.4.

LIMITS ON AMOUNTS OF ASSISTANCE

a.

Limits for all types of systems. No applicant may receive assistance in excess of the cost to design, purchase and install the system, net of incentives, rebates, tax credits or other payments received from other governmental entities.

b.

Limits for photovoltaic panel systems for residential property.

i.

Except as further provided in this clause (b), no residential applicant may receive assistance in excess of $3,000 toward the cost to design, purchase and install photovoltaic panels. If the property is a multifamily residential project, the applicant may apply for and receive an incentive payment corresponding to each electricity meter served by the system, so long as the system provides each such electricity meter with a generating capacity of at least one kilowatt or financial credits that result from a generating capacity of at least one kilowatt from the energy generation system.

ii.

The limit of assistance shall be $5,000 for applicants residing in an Environmental Justice District, as such district or districts are determined by the Program Administrator, or for applicants that are recipients of the California Public Utilities Commission’s CARE (California Alternative Rates for Energy) rates that provide rate discounts for qualified low or fixed income households, or for building owners that are recipients of the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s CalHome loan program, which provides low-interest, deferred rehabilitation loans to low-income homeowners.

iii.

CARE and CalHome participants or participants in the CPUC Low Income program under CSI, as well as households with incomes that are certified by the Mayor’s Office of Housing pursuant to Section 18.7-5, shall be eligible for an additional $5,000 if the application for the low income incentive is received before February 1, 2009.

iv.

CARE and CalHome participants or participants in the CPUC Low Income program under the CSI, as well as households with incomes that are certified by the Mayor’s Office of Housing pursuant to Section 18.7-5, shall be eligible for an additional $7,000 if the application for the low income incentive is received by the Program Administrator on or after February 1, 2009.

v.

An incentive applicant whose system is installed by an individual, firm or organization whose principal office or offices are located within the City shall be eligible for an additional incentive up to $1,000, subject to the limitations of Section 18.3. If in implementing the program the Program Administrator determines that the incentive identified in this paragraph does not provide the intended stimulus for the in-City installation industry, then the Program Administrator may amend the terms of this incentive to make it more effective in achieving the in-City job creation and installation market objectives of the program.

c.

Limits for photovoltaic panel systems for commercial, industrial or manufacturing property. No applicant may receive assistance in excess of $1,500 per kilowatt of electric power a photovoltaic panel system is designed to generate. Regardless of system generating capacity, no applicant may receive assistance in excess of $10,000.

d.

Adjustments in limits.

i.

The Program Administrator may adjust limits on the incentives paid for systems installed on commercial, industrial or manufacturing property upon a finding that such an adjustment advances the objectives of the program. Such adjustments may include an increase in the limit on the incentive paid in respect of (A) systems installed within an Environmental Justice District or (B) systems installed by an individual, firm or organization with an office or offices within the City (or bearing some other linkage to the in-City installation market as deemed appropriate by the Program Administrator).

ii.

Upon a demonstration of a reduction in average costs of solar improvements, including but not limited to an increase in incentives, rebates, tax credits or other payments provided by other government entities that serve to reduce the system costs borne by the consumer, the SFPUC shall have the discretion to decrease the limits set forth above by an amount reflective of the reduced need for the incentive payments.

iii.

With the concurrence of the Board of Supervisors, the Program Administrator may increase any of the limits set forth in this Section in connection with efforts to stimulate the development of a competitive in-City solar market, such as the establishment of an in-City photovoltaic panel production facility.

History

(Added by Ord. 102-08, File No. 071679, App. 6/18/2008; Ord. 42-09, File No. 090100, App. 4/2/2009; Ord. 10910, File No. 100048, App. 5/27/2010)

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