NSHP stands for New Solar Homes Program. This is an optional rebate program for clients that install solar panels onto their dwelling. Visit the Go Solar California website to learn more about the NSHP program and download their solar calculators.
There are two different standards of NSHP calculation: PV and then FI, which is more recent. The modelling process is virtually the same between editions, but they have different calculation file types.
This tutorial will guide you through the steps of adding solar panel modeling to your project.
- Navigate to your project in CalCERTS. Use this article if you need help finding your project.
- We need to confirm an NSHP compliance file is in place. Navigate to the CF-1R section by clicking the yellow hexagon at the top of the page.
Before we can do anything with solar, an NSHP compliance file needs to be uploaded for any plans that have lots that have solar panels. Any lots that need solar modelled will need a plan with an NSHP compliance file, as shown below.
You may copy a compliance plan's data into the NSHP section by clicking [UPLOAD FILE], and then choosing Copy Plan and selecting Compliance. Click Upload File to copy the data.
- Navigate back to the Project Home. Click on Actions in the upper right and choose Solar Homes.
- Choose the appropriate NSHP edition for your project.
You can click on NSHP Summary Page at any time to view the status of your solar modelling and download the PDF certificates.
- We'll be tackling each step in the order they're numbered. We start with 1. Upload Calculation File / Assign Address to PV.
Click the icon to create a PV-ID, the receptacle for your solar calculation file.
PV Calculator version requires a .HER calculation file. FI Calculator version requires a .HUF calculation file. Name your PV-ID (1). Click Choose File/Browse to select your calculation file (2), then click SAVE to upload the file and create the PV-ID (3).
- Next, we must choose which dwellings will be included in the PV-ID. A dwelling can be included in more than one PV-ID. Highlight the dwelling (1), click the arrow button to add to to the "included" list (2), then click SAVE (3). If you can't find the dwelling you want, be sure the dwelling's CF-1R plan has an NSHP file (step 2) and that lot exists and has an address is established.
The PV-ID has a $7 certification fee that needs to be paid before continuing to the next step. You can also replace the calculation file, edit lots with the PV Unit, or change the PV-ID name from this page. Locking the upload file will prevent the current file from being replaced with a new file by someone other than the original uploader.
- The next step is 2. Assign Rater To Unit. You can click Solar Homes next to the Project Home ID in the upper left to return to the main Solar Homes page.
Click on the drop-down list to choose a Rater. If you don't have any Raters to select, the project needs to be shared with the appropriate Rater company.
- The next step is 3. Submit FI-2 / NSHP-PV-2. This is the solar panel's installation certificate, the equivalent of a solar CF-2R. It can be input by anyone.
Highlight the dwelling you wish to work with, then click NEXT. You'll notice there is more than one entry for 2 Main St - that is because it is included on more than one PV-ID.
Input the appropriate data for the FI-2 / NSHP-PV-2. Click SAVE in the lower left to save your work. Click SUBMIT RESULTS to complete the certificate.
- The next step is 4. Associate. This is for sampling solar PV-IDs (so if you're not sampling, you can skip this step). You can associate up to 15 PV-IDs together. When reporting the FI-3 / NSHP-PV-3, the results will be duplicated to each associated PV-ID. The PV-ID must have a completed FI-2 / NSHP-PV-2 to be associated.
Check out this article if you need to remove a PV-ID from a group. This cannot be done once the group is closed when it reaches 15 units.
- The next step is 5. Register PDF of Additional Energy Features NOT in this project (OPTIONAL), or NSHP-PV-3 Checklist in the PV side, which is simply a breakdown of the Rater's tests that will be on the NSHP-PV-3.
This step is optional. You may upload a PDF of the EE (Additional Energy Features) for a PV-ID if necessary. Whether you need to do this step will depend on your equipment and rebate options - contact NSHP for more information.
- The last step is 6. Submit FI-3 Results or 7. Submit NSHP-PV-3 Results.
In this section, the Rater can report results on the equivalent of a solar CF-3R. The Rater must have Solar training from CalCERTS (Raters can check their Transcript and client may use Find A Rater to confirm Rater training). Highlight the dwelling to be reported, then click NEXT.
Input the appropriate FI-3 / NSHP-PV-3 data. Click SAVE in the lower left to save your work. Click SUBMIT RESULTS to complete the certificate.
- Click NSHP Summary Page near the bottom of the Solar Homes section to view all of your solar work.
Click on any icon to download the PDF certificate. Click the icon to re-run the PDF generator if any certificates are showing incorrect/old data. These certificates can be provided to officials at NSHP.