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Energy Efficient Resources for Homeowners, Commercial and Non-Profit

The following provides a list of money-saving resources that will assist you as you make your transition to solar power for your home. Resources also include general information about energy efficiency by going solar.

Rebates, Credits, and Helpful Programs for Going Solar

Tax Credits, Rebates & Savings
Government agencies, utilities and others offer a variety of tax credits, rebates and other incentives to support energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and lessen pollution. Nationally available rebates are listed on which you select by state to find savings that may be available to you or your business.

Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
A taxpayer may claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Expenditures with respect to the equipment are treated as made when the installation is completed...

California Renewable Energy Programs - The California Energy Commission (C.E.C.) website provides links to the different program categories and general information about renewable energy, and to current Renewable Energy Program rebates and incentives

California Solar Initiative - The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is the solar rebate program for California consumers that are customers of the investor-owned utilities - Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Together with the rebate program for New Solar Homes and rebate programs offered through the dozens of publicly owned utilities in the state - the CSI program is a key component of the Go Solar California campaign for California.

PG&E Standard Net Metering (NEMS) -  Standard Net Energy Metering (NEM) is a net energy metering program for all customers with eligible solar, wind or hybrid generators that are less than or equal to 30 kilowatts in size. Get an overview of our entire net energy metering (NEM) initiative.

GreenFinanceSF: Commercial PACE program - Under San Francisco’s commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program (PACE or “GreenFinanceSF”), property owners can secure 100% financing from an investor of their choice, and repay the cost of the upgrade over time through a special line item on their property tax bill.

The New Solar Homes Partnership - The California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is part of the comprehensive statewide solar program, known as the California Solar Initiative. The NSHP provides financial incentives and other support to home builders, encouraging the construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric bills and protect the environment.

Energy Upgrade California - Energy Upgrade California® is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, help reduce demand on the electricity grid, and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. It is supported by an alliance of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to help communities meet state and local energy and climate action goals. Funding comes from investor-owned utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Local Resources

The Case for Renewable Energy Systems in Apartment Buildings (by Greg Kennedy, Founder of Occidental Power, written for San Francisco Apartment Magazine in 2001) - Everyone knows that energy deregulation in California has failed to lower prices. Its promise of an efficient market system and lower competitive prices has instead illustrated the difficulties politicians and bureaucrats encounter in imposing a new free-market system on an existing and complex regulated economy.

The San Francisco Energy Map - The San Francisco Solar Map was developed by the San Francisco Department of the Environment and CH2M HILL to promote greater public awareness about solar potential in San Francisco and to facilitate greater solar usage among commercial and residential building owners. Several case studies feature Occidental Power, including The Rosebud Agency, St. Francis Square, Yoga Garden, and JumpSlide.

Renewable Energy Organizations in California

The California Solar Energy Industries Association - (CALSEIA) - The mission of CALSEIA is to promote the growth of the solar industry and expand the use of all solar technologies throughout California. CALSEIA accomplishes its mission through policy development, advocacy, education, networking, and business services. .

California Solar Center - Helps you find the lowest price and best solar companies in your area. New data is obtained directly from solar companies. We use various proprietary techniques to ensure accurate pricing. While an average can never represent the exact cost you will pay, it does tend to help narrow down the search for a good value installer. Of course, while shopping for solar, like any service, it's equally important to look at the quality of the materials and work.

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies - The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) is a partnership of major environmental groups and private-sector clean energy companies.  We design and fight for policies that promote global warming solutions and increased reliance on clean, renewable energy sources for California and the West.

Federal Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy - The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - The mission of EERE is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its vision is a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy.

The Solar Energy Industries Association - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) is the driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America through advocacy and education. As the national trade association in the U.S., we represent all organizations that promote, manufacture, install and support the development of solar energy.