These resources will help inform your renewable energy activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work. You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.
Solar PV systems convert sunlight to electricity and offer opportunities to reduce energy costs, save taxpayer dollars, save energy and increase sustainability. Asking the right questions can help make the project a success.
AB 811 authorizes all cities and counties in California to designate areas within which property owners may finance renewable generation and energy efficiency improvements through low-interest loans that are repaid as an item on the property owner’s property tax bill.
The California Center for Sustainable Energy provides energy efficiency expertise, education and rebate program administration in five critical areas: green building, education, renewables, transportation and climate change.
For communities seeking financial help with greening public buildings, the California Energy Commission offers low-interest loans up to $3 million per project for incorporation of energy-saving components in planned buildings or retrofits to existing facilities. Free technical assistance is also available to cities and counties for energy efficiency planning for public facilities.
The California Solar Initiative offers solar incentives to energy users (except new homes) in investor-owned utility territories in California. The CSI Program is administered by the California Public Utilities Commission, and has a goal to install 1,940 MW of new solar by 2017.
The U.S. Department of Energy developed this comprehensive resource to assist local governments and stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. The guide introduces a range of policy and program options that have been successfully field tested in cities around the country. Follow the link to access the second edition of this guide.
The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) offers property owners the opportunity to finance energy efficient property improvements through the property tax system. It is an innovative new effort to improve energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy generation, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.