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Effective December 31, 2023, HELiOS is no longer operational. This website is now a static website providing historical information about HELiOS which was created in 2006 as a fiscally sponsored project of the California non-profit, the Sequoia Foundation.

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What's New

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Net Energy Metering 3.0 - Update

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will issue a draft decision on Net Energy Metering (NEM 3.0) in December 2021. Its long-awaited decision may have a significant impact on the economics of solar projects in California's public schools. At this time, it is uncertain when in early 2022 NEM 3.0 will go into effect, so it's important that school districts with solar projects in the pipeline, get their projects underway before NEM 3.0 goes into effect.

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Investment Tax Credit Extended

Anyone familiar with our work knows that we encourage school districts to own their renewable energy systems. Ownership provides the very best economic and environmental return to a school district.

School districts that choose not to commit their own funds (e.g. General Obligation Bond) often consider acquiring solar for their schools through the use of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). With a PPA, a third-party investor uses the district's parking lots and rooftops to install PV systems that are owned by the investor. The school district benefits by purchasing the electricity from the investor at a slightly reduced rate. Read more...


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Testimonials: See What Others Are Saying About Our Work

Superintendents, Facilities Directors, Parents, School Board members, and elected officials have all commented on the services that we have provided to school districts.