Energy Efficiency Resources for Residents
Rebates for energy efficiency home improvements are available through the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade program. Homeowners can receive rebates from $1,000 to $3,150 for improvements such as air sealing; duct sealing; insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, and water heaters; energy-efficient windows, and more. And, through Advanced Home Upgrade, homeowners can receive from $1,000 to $6,500 for a more in-depth energy upgrade that includes a home energy assessment. Learn more about this program here.
In addition, PG&E offers a variety of rebates for new energy efficiency appliances for your home. View a current list of available rebates here. Other rebate programs are available for replacement of home HVAC units and pool pumps.
Bay Area SunShares Program
The City of San Mateo has joined thirty-seven Bay Area cities in an initiative called Bay Area SunShares. The program allows local residents to pool their purchasing power and receive bulk discounts for installing solar systems and receive a discount on some electric vehicles.
Free community workshops are being held up and down the peninsula. Receive neutral information on clean energy options. With the SunShares program, any Bay Area resident can purchase discounted zero emission vehicles (ZEV) or install rooftop solar at prices well below market rates.
The following solar vendors have been selected as part of this program: Skytech Solar, Solar 4 America and Sunrun.
Selected EV dealers are Premier Nissan of San Jose and San Francisco Toyota.
Program ends November 11, 2016.
Energy Efficiency Resources for Businesses
Small and medium sized business can take advantage of the San Mateo County Energy Watch Turn-key Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program which provides free energy assessments and subsidized energy efficiency upgrades of lighting and refrigeration systems, with free project management to help you lower your energy bills and boost cash flow. Learn more about this program here.
Solar Resources for Residents and Businesses
Installing a solar system is a great way to reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint as well as increase the resale value of your property. Before going forward with a solar installation, here are some important considerations:
Is your property energy efficient?
Before you install a renewable energy source for your property, it is encouraged you do everything you can to improve your current energy efficiency. A few simple measures can save you money by reducing your overall energy or water consumption. You may be able to save thousands of dollars in up-front costs by reducing the size of the system you will need to install for your property. Understanding your energy usage also will also help to prepare you for an informed discussion with your contractor. As a result, it is recommended that property owners complete an energy efficiency audit prior to purchasing a solar system.
How to size the system?
In order to determine the potential cost, it is good to get an initial sense of how large a system your property will require. The Solar Calculator provides a quick estimate of the cost and size of the system you will need to power your property.
How to finance the solar installation?
Solar customers have multiple options when financing their solar energy systems, including several options with no upfront payments. Popular forms of solar financing include:
- Loans (Home Equity, PACE, and/or direct loans from Solar companies)
- Power Purchase Agreements
- Solar Leases
Learn more about these options here.
How to Choose a Contractor?
Choosing the best renewable energy system for your home begins by finding a qualified contractor. Your contractor will help select the system and sizing that meets your home’s energy needs, as well as arrange the permitting, installation, and site inspections necessary to connect your system to PG&E. If you qualify for rebates or incentives, your contractor also will also help to fill out the required application forms. The following database can help you identify active solar contractors in your area including their recently completed project statistics.
For more information, download this helpful Guide to Going Solar published jointly by PG&E and the State Go Solar California Initiative.
Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Residents and Businesses
The City has authorized Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to operate in the City. PACE programs present an innovative financing solution to help reduce the upfront costs of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. By allowing property owners to spread the cost of a project over many years as part of the owner's annual property tax payments, PACE programs make renewable energy and energy efficiency projects more affordable for property owners interested in saving energy and reducing their utility bills.
The various allowable PACE programs offer options for property owners to choose from. All of the City's PACE programs may be used to finance renewable energy, energy and water efficient improvements, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Water efficient landscaping projects range from drip irrigation to artificial turf installation and can also include greywater reuse systems, rotating sprinkler nozzle installation, and other drought tolerant landscaping upgrades.
Visit the program links below for more information on each PACE program authorized to operate in San Mateo: