Financing Opportunities

California Clean Energy Jobs Act

The The California Clean Energy Jobs Act makes changes to corporate income taxes and, except as specified, provides $550 million annually from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund, or the Job Creation Fund, for five fiscal years beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year. The grant funds will be allocated to California's K-12 schools and community colleges, and includes a number of requirements to ensure Proposition 39 funds deliver the expected energy efficiency and cost savings.

California Clean Energy Jobs Act, Proposition 39

Bright Schools Program (K-12)

The Bright Schools Program provides a wide range of technical assistance to public K-12 school districts. Typical services include conducting energy audits, reviewing existing proposals and designs, and developing equipment performance specifications. All publicly funded California K-12 school districts are eligible for assistance from the Bright Schools Program.

Bright Schools Program

Energy Partnership Program

The Energy Partnership Program (EPP) provides a wide range of technical assistance to Cities, Counties, Special Districts, Public Colleges and Universities and Public Hospitals/Care facilities. Typical services include conducting energy audits, reviewing existing proposals and designs, and developing equipment performance specifications.

Energy Partnership Program

Energy Efficiency Financing Program

The Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) Low Interest Loans provide cities, counties, public schools & colleges, special districts, public care institutions, and public hospitals a financing opportunity for energy efficiency and energy generation projects. Approximately $25 million is currently available with the maximum loan amount set at $3 million per application. There is no minimum loan amount.

Energy Conservation Assistance Act

Energy Upgrade California

Energy Upgrade California is your one-stop-shop for home improvement projects that lower your energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and make your home healthier and more comfortable. Use this website to: plan your upgrade projects; locate participating contractors; and find rebates and incentives in your local area. Simply enter in your city name or zip code and check out the incentive programs under the finance tab.

Energy Upgrade California

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

The Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program focuses on projects that deliver lasting financial benefits to California consumers and the economy through energy efficiency. The EECBG Program will provide more than $35 million in direct allocations to California's eligible small cities and counties. The local governments can use these funds to concentrate on cost-effective energy efficient projects for their communities and the options are almost limitless when considering the various types of lighting retrofits, building upgrades, mechanical equipment, clean energy systems, and various energy management controls available.

The remaining funds will be spent for energy planning that reduces green house gas emissions and dependency on fossil fuels.

Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program

Clean Energy Business Financing Program

The Clean Energy Business Financing Program uses ARRA State Energy Program (SEP) funds to provide $30.6 million in low-interest loans to eligible applicants that improve or expand their energy efficiency or renewable energy manufacturing facilities in California. The Clean Energy Business Financing Program will leverage private capital and other funds and incentives to maximize benefits for Golden State-based businesses. Applications will be competitively awarded until all funds have been exhausted.

Clean Energy Business Financing Program

Energy Efficiency Program

To promote economic vitality and build a clean energy workforce, the Energy Commission is providing up to $110 million in State Energy Program (SEP) funds for energy programs focused on existing residential and commercial building energy efficiency (and water efficiency) retrofits. Onsite solar electric generation may be eligible if installed in conjunction with energy efficiency measures. Local jurisdictions, non-profits or private organizations can create partnerships and apply for program funding under a competitive solicitation process for three different areas: the California Comprehensive Residential Building Retrofit Program, the Municipal and Commercial Building Targeted Measure Retrofit Program, and the Municipal Financing Program.

State Energy Program

State Energy Program

California has received $226 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds for the State Energy Program (SEP). California's SEP is focused on increasing energy efficiency to reduce energy costs and consumption, cut reliance on imported energy, and shrink energy impacts on the environment.

State Energy Program