energy efficiency financing and rebates
Resilient Home Program
Thinking about installing a new solar + battery backup system to increase your home's resilience to power outages? Don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive? East Bay Community Energy's Resilient Home program is here to help!
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the City of Dublin's not-for-profit public electricity provider, has launched this solar + battery backup program to reduce the cost and complexity of enhancing your home's resilience plan. To simplify the process, EBCE has done the upfront legwork and partnered with an experienced industry provider. Bay Area based Sunrun is now scheduling no-cost consultations and will provide you with an obligation-free proposal for consideration. Should you decide to move forward with your project, Resilient Home is offering a $1,250 incentive to homeowners that enroll their battery in the program and share power with EBCE during peak times when there isn’t a power outage.
Since the program launched in August nearly 700 homeowners have registered to see if solar + battery backup is a good fit for their home. Sign up today for your consultation!
October is Energy Awareness Month and EBCE has scheduled virtual Resilient Home workshops throughout the month. Learn more and have your questions answered at an upcoming webinar: October 8 (6-7 pm); October 15 (6-7pm), October 22 (12-1pm) or October 22 (6-7pm). Registration is optional!
Home Energy Consulting
Single family residents can save energy, increase the comfort and safety of their home, and save money with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network’s Home+ Program. A Home Energy Advisor can help residents of detached single family and up to 4 attached units receive cash rebates for installing energy efficient measures in their home. Heating, air conditioning, insulation, and other systems can all help strengthen a home’s efficiency, lower energy consumption and bills, and improve the comfort and indoor air quality. Start by taking a quick online home energy evaluation and receive an energy savings kit valued at $70. Click here to learn more.
Multifamily Property Owners Improve Property with Energy and Water Upgrades
Multifamily property owners can receive a free energy audit and are eligible for cash rebates for energy upgrades to their buildings through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network. The program provides technical assistance with planning and financing energy and water saving improvements. Projects that result in at least 15% energy savings are eligible for rebates in the amount of $750 per unit. Click here to learn more.
California Advanced Homes Program
TRC’s innovative single family new construction program empowers builders to adopt energy-efficient designs that meet and exceed California’s ambitious building code. The California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) is designed to encourage builders to adopt energy-saving designs through an escalating incentive structure and bonus incentives for achieving sustainability goals and certifications.
Go Green Financing
Go Green Financing is a State-sponsored website designed to help consumers find the best financing options available for their energy projects. This website allows California residents and businesses to browse a continuously updated database of financing solutions and filter the various options down to a more manageable number, making it easy to get in touch with a lender that fits your own unique needs and preferences. Visit Go Green Financing.
Energy Efficient Mortgages
An Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) is a mortgage that credits a home's energy efficiency in the mortgage itself. EEMs give borrowers the opportunity to finance cost-effective, energy-saving measures as part of a single mortgage and stretch debt-to-income qualifying ratios on loans thereby allowing borrowers to qualify for a larger loan amount and a better, more energy-efficient home. Learn more about an Energy Efficient Mortgage.
Energy Upgrade California
Homeowners: If you are thinking about upgrading your home HVAC system or adding insulation, now is a great time to do it! You can qualify for up to $4,500 in rebates on energy upgrades for HVAC systems, attic insulation, and more. Take advantage of these energy efficiency rebates soon.
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide collaboration of governments and utilities. The program provides:
- Up to $4,500 in energy efficiency rebates
- Financing options
- A robust quality assurance program
For more information, go to Energy Upgrade California - Bay Area Rebates - enter your zip code, then click on “find rebates and& incentives” to see what incentives are offered in our community.
High-Efficiency Electric Heat Pump Storage Water Heater Rebate
PG&E offers rebates up to $300 for select Energy Star certified heat pump water heaters. New electric heat pump water heater must replace an existing electric-powered water heater. For more information, visit PG&E's Residential Rebates Catalog.
PACE Financing allows property owners to finance energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, and electric vehicle infrastructure upgrades to their property by repaying the cost of the improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. PACE offers 100% financing for eligible improvements, a repayment period of up to 20 years, and the reliability of pre-approved contractors.
Dublin property owners have the choice to work with:
- CounterPointe Energy Solutions
- Energy Efficiency Equity
- PACE Funding Group LLC
- Western Riverside Council of Governments
- Ygrene Energy Fund California LLC
Smart Thermostat Rebate
Switching to a smart thermostat allows you to create automatic and programmable temperature settings based on your daily schedules, weather conditions, and heating and cooling needs. You can save money on cooling and heating costs and increase comfort by replacing your manual or programmable thermostat with a new smart thermostat. You may also be eligible for a $50 rebate through PG&E on qualifying products.
- PG&E customers are eligible for net energy metering (NEM), which credits excess electricity production at the 12-month average of the market rate for energy. Over a 12-month period, the customer has to pay for only the net amount of electricity used from PG&E over-and-above the amount of electricity generated by their solar system. You can find out more about how to participate here.
- California Solar Initiative is accepting rebate applications from low-income customers in two programs, the Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program and the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program. Find out more at their website.
- An extensive list of incentives throughout the country can be found at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE).
The Federal Tax Credits for solar technologies expire at the end of 2021. For more information about federal tax credits for residential solar systems, click here.