A listing of energy-related financing, incentive, and education programs.

Financing and Project Assistance for Energy Efficiency in Buildings


Rebuild America: Department of Energy, Energy Renewables Program

Voluntary program that helps community partnerships make profitable investments in existing buildings through energy-efficient technologies. Assists communities with a national network of business and technology experts.

Contact: US Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585-0121
Telephone: 1-800-273-2957



Bright Schools Program: California Energy Commission

Collaborative project of the California Energy Commission, California Conservation Corps, local utility companies and other qualifying ESCOs to assist schools to undertake energy efficiency projects. Project staff will guide schools through identifying and determining a project’s feasibility, securing financing for the project, and purchasing and installing the new energy efficient equipment.

Contact: California Energy Commission
Bright Schools Program
Public Programs Office
1516 Ninth Street, MS-26
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
Telephone: 916-654-4089
Web site: http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/brightschools


Energy Partnership Program: California Energy Commission

Helps cities and counties to reduce energy use in their office buildings, police and fire stations, and other buildings. An initial free feasibility study identifies possible energy efficiency projects.

Contact: Virgina Lew
California Energy Commission
Public Programs Office
1516 Ninth Street, MS 42
Sacramento CA 95814-5512
Telephone: 916-654-3838
Fax: 916-654-4304
Web site: http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/partnership


Efficiency Financing Program for Local Government, Hospitals, and Schools: California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission’s Energy Efficiency Financing Program provides financing for schools, hospitals and local governments through low-interest loans for feasibility studies and the installation of energy-efficiency measures. Approximately $40 million is available. Loans can finance up to 100 percent of the cost of energy efficiency projects for schools, hospitals, cities, counties, special districts, or public care institutions.

Web site: http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/


Savings by Design: California Public Utilities Commission

Savings by Design is a program to encourage high-performance nonresidential building design and construction within the service territories of PG&E, SDG&E, Southern California Edison, or Southern California Gas. The program offers building owners and their design team a wide range of services including design assistance, owner incentives, and design team incentives. Owners and design team members are eligible to participate.

For more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and incentive levels, visit: http://www.savingsbydesign.com/savings-design-program-overview


California Alternative Energy & Advanced Transportation Financing Authority

CAEATFA was established to promote energy sources designed to reduce the degradation of the environment, and to promote the development and commercialization of advanced transportation technologies. CAEATFA is able to issue tax-exempt and taxable bonds for projects that qualify. CAEATFA offers financing at lower than conventional costs as the interest on the bonds is exempt from federal and state taxes. Applicants should consult with legal counsel and financial consultants to determine if the tax-exempt securities option is the best for the project.

Contact: California Alternative Energy & Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
Attn: Jan McFarland, Executive Director
915 Capitol Mall, #457
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 916-651-8157
Fax: 916-657-4821
Web site: http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/caeatfa/


California Communities: League of California Cities and California State Association of Counties

California Communities , co-sponsored by the League of California Cities (League) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), provides California cities, counties and other public agencies with low cost tax-exempt financing for projects that provide a tangible public benefit, contribute to social and economical growth, and improve the overall quality of life in local communities throughout California.

California Communities offers programs for airports, water/wastewater projects, leases, and the Go-Solar Program.

Contact: California Communities
2033 North Main St., Suite 700
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Telephone: 1-800-635-3993
E-mail: info@cacommunities.org
Web site: http://cscda.org/


Financing Authority for Resource Efficiency in California (FARECal): California Municipal Utility Association

Provides flexible, joint/pooled financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and water reclamation projects to municipalities and local districts with publicly owned utilities.

Contact: California Municipal Utility Association
915 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 916-441-1733


Other Grants for Energy Efficiency

Urban Forestry Program

Mature trees can reduce summer cooling costs by shading buildings and reducing ambient temperatures. They also improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and can increase property values. California Releaf’s mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. California Releaf administers urban forestry grant programs on behalf of the State of California, and provides information about funding for other urban forestry related projects.

Contact: California ReLeaf
Northern California Branch
P.O. Box 72496
Davis, CA 95617
Telephone: (530) 757-7332
Web site: http://www.californiareleaf.org


Renewable Energy Incentive and Education Programs

Emerging Renewables Buy-Down Program: California Energy Commission

This program is designed to help homeowners and other electricity users install “emerging renewal technologies.”

Contact: California Energy Commission
Media & Public Communications Office
1516 Ninth Street, MS-29
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 1-800-555-7794
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Web site: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/


Renewable Energy Consumer Education Program: California Energy Commission

The objective of this program is to help build a viable customer-driven market for renewable power through consumer education. The Energy Call Center is available to answer consumers’ questions about renewables.

Contact: California Energy Commission
Media & Public Communications Office
1516 Ninth Street, MS-29
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 1-800-555-7794
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
E-mail: renewable@energy.state.ca.us
Web site: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/


Self-Generation Program: California Public Utilities Commission

The Self-Generation Incentive Program is designed to encourage customers of PG&E, SDG&E, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas to install “self-generation” units to lessen the electricity load on the grid through distributed power generation. Qualifying systems include photovoltaics, wind turbines, fuel cells, microturbines, small gas turbines and, internal combustion engines.

For online literature, visit: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUBLISHED/FINAL_DECISION/6083.htm

Utility customers should contact their administrator with any questions:

Contact: Pacific Gas & Electric
Contact: San Diego Regional Energy Office (for SDG&E)
Contact: Southern California Edison
Contact: Southern California Gas Company


Water-related Energy Programs

Energy-Water Connection: California Energy Commission

The Energy-Water Connection is dedicated to providing resources to help water professionals control costs. The web site is designed to easily and quickly find information on proven methods and technologies that can help eliminate unnecessary waste of energy and money.

Contact: California Energy Commission
Energy Efficiency Division
Process Energy Unit
1516 Ninth Street, MS-42
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
Web site: http://www.energy.ca.gov/process/water/