San Jose, CA, December 12, 2018 – SDC Energy, a leading provider of commercial solar financing, today launches its Powering Title 24 Program with partners Baja Construction and Grid Technologies. California is the first state in the country to require solar energy on all new residential properties under three stories by 2020. Unique in the solar industry, Powering Title 24 combines solar carports, virtual net-metering software and tax-enabled financing to help apartment builders and owners convert Title 24 mandates into long-term benefits.
“Powering Title 24 turns compliance into profits,” says Charles Schaffer, CEO of SDC Energy. “Solar carports generate tax credits and accelerated depreciation benefits that offset all of their construction costs. Working with our partners, we can build PV-powered carports essentially for free while creating a new revenue stream for multi-tenant property owners.”
Multifamily properties will see even more changes in 2019. AB 802, which will take effect in June, requires all California multi-family building owners to disclose their properties’ energy usage to reveal their level of Title 24 compliance. Leveraging solar energy will be a critical component in compliance strategies.
Powering Title 24 is a trio of services that leverages parking structures into solar generating carports, combining intelligent software that monitors the electricity produced and integrates billing systems to enable the sale of solar power to tenants. The linchpin of the program is custom financing that provides secure, flexible terms for solar installers and their customers while enabling private investors to cut their tax bills with PV incentives.
“California’s solar mandate shines new light on the value of building green communities,” says Brandon Morford, CEO of Baja Construction. “Because Baja Construction supplies 70% of all multi-family carports in California and is one of the leading carport design-engineers, and installers in the solar industry, we can quickly supply builders with a very cost-effective solution.”
After installation, Powering Title 24 makes sure that the project’s electricity is distributed efficiently. “Our energy monitoring system leverages ‘virtual’ net metering to create a passive revenue stream for building owners,” explains Dover Janis, co-founder and CEO of Grid Technologies. “Owners gain from the sale of solar while tenants save 5% to 10% on their utility bills. Plus, adding solar boosts property values up to two and a half times the cost of the installation.”
A survey of 2,800 apartment residents — three in five of them under the age of 34 — found that 84% of tenants say that living in an eco-friendly building is important to them, and nearly two-thirds would pay more to live in a green community. Powering Title 24’s PV carports create energy-efficient properties that command higher revenues and longer leases while reducing construction costs.
Fabienne Rodet, SAGEWORKS Marketing
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SDC Energy is the leader in commercial solar financing, connecting private investors and installers to fund projects that create significant tax benefits and cost-effective renewable energy. Since 2009, SDC Energy has helped American businesses finance over 52 gigawatt hours of clean solar power. www.sdc-energy.com
Baja Carports’ provides multifamily property owners/developers with solar carport installations that are in-house designed/engineered site-specific, pre-fabricated bolted connections; result in seamless on-site assembly. Baja Carports’ increase tenant retention, lot safety, security and overall lot efficiency. www.bajacarports.com
Grid Tech offers the only platform that seamlessly converts solar energy into billable revenue for owners of multi-tenant structures while simplifying multi-meter solutions for HOAs. The founding team is on a mission to help one million California tenants go solar over the next five years. www.gogrid.tech