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SB 306 (Caballero) Equitable Building Decarbonization Program – direct install program

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Existing law requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to establish the Equitable Building Decarbonization Program (EBDP), which includes establishing a statewide incentive program for low-carbon building technologies. The Budget Act of 2022 appropriated $112,000,000 from the General Fund for purposes of the EBDP. The program includes the direct install program that funds certain projects, including installation of energy efficient electric appliances, energy efficiency measures, demand flexibility measures, wiring and panel upgrades, and other measures.

Existing law authorizes the CEC to administer the direct install program through regional direct install third-party implementers and requires that the direct install program give preference to projects in buildings that meet specified criteria.

This bill would revise and recast the direct install program to, among other things, expressly require the CEC to award grants through the program, require that third-party implementers perform the projects funded through the program rather than authorizing the CEC to administer the program through regional third-party implementers, limit participation in the program to certain individuals, also give preference to projects in buildings in specified regions of the State, and expand the projects eligible to be funded through the program.

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