The Low-Income Weatherization Program's (LIWP) Farmworker Housing Component focuses on the direct installation of energy efficiency measures and solar PV systems for farmworker households.
CSD released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Farmworker Housing Component on April 8, 2022. To view the RFP and Program Guidelines visit Contracting Opportunities.
Services under the Farmworker Housing Component will resume following the conclusion of the RFP and scheduled award of Farmworker Housing Adminstrator contracts in Summer 2022.
The LIWP Farmworker Housing Component provides no-cost rooftop solar
photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy efficiency upgrades to low-income
farmworker households to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs
for participants. The Farmworker Housing Component is part of CSD's Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) and is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by saving energy and generating clean renewable energy.
Farmworkers are one of the most vulnerable populations in the state because of seasonal employment and low wages. Farmworker families pay a larger share of their annual income on home energy, and often cut back on other critical needs to pay their energy bills. The LIWP Farmworker Housing Component increases the energy efficiency of homes owned or rented by farmworker families, reduces energy bills, provides access to solar energy, and provides health and safety improvements to homes. All services are made available at no cost to eligible low-income farmworker households. LIWP, part of California Climate Investments, is an energy efficiency and renewable energy generation program administered by CSD that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides important co-benefits to households and communities including energy cost savings and job creation and training opportunities.
The Farmworker Housing Component has been adminstered by La Cooperativa Campesina de California following a competitive procurement . La Cooperativa, a nonprofit corporation, was established in 1995 with the mission to improve the lives of California's farmworkers, their families, and rural communities through advocacy and service. La Cooperativa and a team of partner organizations that included MAROMA Energy Services and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Agencies led efforts across twelve counties with the highest farmworker populations to enroll eligible farmworker households and install energy saving and solar measures in single-family dwellings and buildings of 2-4 units.
These energy efficiency measures include:
Central Heating and Cooling System Upgrades
Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Freezers
Water Heater Replacement
Rooftop Solar PV systems
About California Climate Investments
California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and for low-income households. For information, visit http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.