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Silicon Valley Energy Watch logoWith support from the Silicon Valley Energy Watch, your nonprofit can implement low or no cost energy upgrades and help lower operation costs, so that your organization saves money and can better support your mission.  A member of our team will perform a no-cost no-obligation audit, and help you determine the best energy savings strategy for your facility. We can help you with project financing and to identify rebates and incentives to help further lower the costs to you.

Customized Retrofit Incentives
Also known as Non Residential Retrofits, you can save energy and money with these customized PG&E incentives for business energy efficiency retrofit projects. These incentives go towards the installation of high-efficiency equipment or equipment systems. Post-installation, businesses are rewarded with cash payments based on the actual annual kWh or therm savings that are achieved.

Retrocommissioning (RCx) is a systematic engineering process for identifying less-than-optimal performance in a facility’s existing equipment and control systems, and making necessary repairs or reprogramming to save energy. Whereas retrofits involve replacing outdated equipment, RCx focuses on improving the efficiency of what is already in place. Businesses are able to save money on their energy bills without the costs associated with installing new equipment.

An excellent way to track your building’s energy use over time, for compliance and energy management, is through benchmarking. If your building occupies over 5,000 square feet, beginning in July 2016, you must disclose your facility’s energy usage if you sell, lease, finance or refinance the property. Energy Star Portfolio Manager is a free online benchmarking tool provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through this application you can track the energy and water use of your facility, compare it to other similar buildings, and apply for Energy Star certification.

Additional Resources
On Bill Energy Efficiency Financing
Your energy efficiency project may qualify for 0% on-bill energy efficiency financing through PG&E programs.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing
Through the PACE financing program, you can finance energy efficiency improvements over time through your property tax.

Community Energy Champions Grants
Funds for this program’s 2015 cycle are currently on hold. Check back soon for updates and new available grant opportunities.

Contact Information
Want more information, or are you ready to take the next step? Contact us and we can help. Nonprofits please submit the following information to Ecology Action's email address:

Nonprofit name
Phone number
Contact name

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.