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Overview of Utility and State Agency Energy Efficiency Support and Financing Programs


California utilities and state agencies offer a variety of programs to support and finance local government energy efficiency efforts. This page provides a starting point for understanding what programs and resources are available to help.

Utility Programs

California State Agencies

  • California Energy Commission Energy Partnership Program
    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.
  • California Energy Commission Energy Efficiency Financing
    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-saving measures.
  • Cool California Portal
    The California Air Resources Board’s is a new one-stop-shop for all Californians filled with quick, easy-to-use and reliable tools that Californians need to save money and reduce their impact on the climate.
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
    DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Flex Your Power
    Flex Your Power offers information about energy efficiency, climate change, and a database of energy conservation rebates, incentives and services searchable by California zip code.
  • California Solar Initiative
    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.


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