Guide to SF Bay Area Residential Energy Incentives (as of March 2018)

*We will continue to add to this list as we come across more programs.

 

Unfortunately, many energy incentives have run through their allotted funding and the programs have ended.

Here are some programs that San Francisco Bay Area residents can still take advantage of.

Federal

Federal Investment Tax Credit

This program was extended in 2015 through 2021. As of 2018, a residential customer can still deduct  30% of the cost of installing a solar system from their income taxes.

 

County

MCE (Marin County)

Any excess electricity generated from renewable energy can credit a Marin County resident $0.01/kwh on their electric bill.

 

Bay Area Energy Upgrade

Residents of the nine counties in the Bay Area are eligible to receive rebates based on energy upgrades. You must be a PG&E customer and own a single family home.

You can either do a basic upgrade (based on a list of options and receive a set rebate based on which upgrades you selected) or an advanced upgrade.

With the advanced upgrade, your home is assessed and assigned an energy score. You will receive a rebate based on a percentage of energy cost saved.

 

Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Residents of the South Bay communities (Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Unincorporated Santa Clara County) can sell excess energy back to this organization at full retail rate.

 

East Bay MUD

Residents who receive water from East Bay MUD are eligible for water conservation rebates for lawn conversions and irrigation equipment.

 

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) – individual lenders that service different counties and cities

PACE provides loans for green home upgrades that allow you to defer the upfront costs. The costs are then added to your property tax bill.

 

City

San Francisco GoSolarSF Incentive

San Francisco residents can receive rebates of $300/kW up to 4.0 kW per meter.

Note: This program is being phased out with rebates being reduced every year.

 

Palo Alto CLEAN

If you have a solar system in Palo Alto, you can sell solar energy back to the city for 16.5 cents per kilowatt hour for a 15-, 20- or 25-year contract term.

 

Palo Alto Smart Energy Program

This program gives rebates for insulation, whole house fans, water heaters, pool pumps, and smart power strips.

 

Silicon Valley Power (solar program ending 6/30/18)

Santa Clara residents can get a variety of rebates: solar (which ends 6/30/18), attic insulation, ceiling fan, electric clothes dryer, electric heat pump water heater, and pool pump rebates.

 

Private

PG&E

PG&E will give residential homeowners rebates for installing Energy Star smart thermostats, gas storage water heaters, and electric heat pump storage water heater.

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