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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was signed into law August 16, 2022. As part of the legislation, the $2,000 per dwelling unit 45L tax credit was extended for homes sold or leased through December 31, 2022. CHEERS 45L is ready to qualify dwelling units for this incentive now. Other than dwellings sold or rented in 2022, there are still a large number of projects completed prior to this year that may qualify for the credit. Low-rise multifamily projects are also eligible and typically qualify given California’s stringent Title 24 Energy Code.

For dwelling units completed in 2023 through 2033, new requirements include Energy Star for a $2,500 incentive and Zero Energy Ready for a $5,000 incentive.

For more information on how to qualify for this tax credit, contact Bob Johnson at CHEERS 45L (; 559 308-6045).

Energy Commission Adopts Solar Mandate for 2020

As expected, the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 on May 9th to adopt the new energy standards that will take effect in 2020. This adoption includes a modest increase to the efficiency measures of the home but also includes the nation’s first mandate for a residential rooftop solar component.

The 2019 Residential Energy Efficiency Standards (effective 1/1/20)


Electric Utility Rates: Time-of-Use Rates are Coming in 2019

Throughout 2019, electric utilities in California will be switching over to a new rate structure with “Time of Use” being the default rate for consumers. While electric utility ratepayers will have the opportunity to chose from a variety of different rate structures, if none are chosen, the ratepayer will (with few exceptions) be automatically moved to the Time-of-Use (TOU) rate structure. Simply put, a TOU rate will charge significantly more for electricity used during the hot afternoon and evening hours of the summer months than, for example, during the early morning hours of the day. For a summary of the TOU plans for the major electric utilities, please kick on the appropriate link below (coming soon):

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Los Angeles Water & Power
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Southern California Edison
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
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