One of the many ways California is encouraging residential solar power adoption in the state – and trying to make sure it doesn’t just happen in affluent communities – is with a program called MASH. No, it has nothing to do with Hawkeye, BJ, Radar and the gang. MASH stands for Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing, and the program provides incentives of up to $4.00 per watt for the installation of solar systems at lower-income housing complexes.
One of the companies aggressively taking advantage of the program is Everyday Energy, which just announced the biggest MASH installation yet in the San Diego area, a 138-kilowatt (kW) capacity system at the Town & Country Apartments. The project was Everyday Energy’s fourth – we told you about another one in last December – adding up to 735 kW of capacity. The company said it was under contract to install 10 more systems under the program, with a total capacity of 1.27 megawatts (MW).
The most recent state report on capacity installed through the MASH program came last summer, at which point 1.48 MW had been installed at 23 multi-family affordable housing buildings serving 1,514 tenant units. The state reported at the time that reservations for participation in the program were full, with some 306 projects totaling 20 MW of capacity waiting to go in.
Everyday Energy said the project at the Town & Country Apartments would produce about 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. The housing complex is owned by the San Diego Community Housing Corporation, and Everyday Energy said the system was installed with no out-of-pocket costs for the owner.