Webinar: Tailoring the Solar Permitting Process to Match Stakeholder Preferences

“The time it takes for a rooftop solar PV system to receive a final building permit and connect to the grid is uncertain and often lengthy. The uncertainty hurts customer acquisition, retention, and satisfaction, while long delays are associated with the higher comparative costs of U.S. PV installations. In response, a variety of streamlined solar…

Del Mar Adopts Climate Action Plan

This week, the Del Mar City Council voted unanimously to adopt a plan that aims to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half in less than 20 years. Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan outlines how the city can combat climate change. It will (more…)

Corte Madera Adopts Climate Action Plan

Earlier this month, the Town of Corte Madera adopted and published its new Climate Action Plan, making Marin County a county where all cities and towns – and the County itself – have a climate action plan in place. (Click here for links to all of Marin County’s climate action plans.) The Plan reviews the Town’s greenhouse…

Santa Barbara County Implements New Home Energy Checklist to be Paired with Building Permits

A new Home Energy Checklist and Guidance Document (described under Measure BE 2 of the County’s Energy and Climate Action Plan) has been created by Santa Barbara County, which goes into effect on February 1, 2016. Applicants are required to complete (more…)

Santa Barbara County’s Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) Program

To support energy efficiency in community projects, the County of Santa Barbara runs the innovative Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) program (formerly known as the IBRP), to provide complimentary energy efficiency expertise from community leaders during the (more…)

City of Lomita New Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan Shows GHG Emissions Decrease

The City of Lomita’s new Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan (EECAP) includes a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory update that reveals a 7% decrease in energy use between 2005 and 2012. In the Plan, the City reviews its energy profile on the municipal and the community level, and proposes a number of strategies to keep energy…

California Energy Efficiency and Solar Permits on the Rise

Reported in GreenHomeBuilder Magazine, California’s energy-related permits are being tracked by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), who is noticing an update in solar and efficient HVAC residential permits. An excerpt is available below: The most recent reported month of June 2015 revealed a total of 9,823 solar permits issued in California, a 14.15 percent increase…

City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including: Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both…

The City of San Diego’s Sustainable Buildings Expedite Program

The City of San Diego is committed to green and sustainable building practices, and supports the development of sustainable, energy efficient buildings through the Sustainable Building Expedite Program (or “Expedite Program”). The Expedite Program (more…)

CEC Workshop Presentation from Alameda County’s StopWaste: Improving the Implementation of Energy Efficiency Standards in California

Increasing compliance with California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards is a sure way to jump forward in your local government’s energy efficiency goals. So what’s standing in the way? Reports show that many reviewers are often short staffed and pressed for time, and have important competing priorities like reviewing for fire/safety and health. Many local governments are also…

City of Lancaster’s New Better Built Home Program Provides Incentives to Builders for High Efficiency

As released in a City of Lancaster press release: “The City of Lancaster’s recently launched Better Built Home program provides a unique opportunity for residential homebuilders to receive thousands of dollars in incentives for building environmentally conscious homes. The innovative program is aiding the City in reaching its goal of being a Net-Zero city, while…

Chula Vista Shares Permitting, Ordinances, and Incentives as part of the Getting to Zero Net Energy Workshop Series

In this presentation shared as part of the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Getting to Zero Net Energy workshop series, the City of Chula Vista shares a number of policies and programs they have put in place to further energy efficiency and sustainability in their community – including: Energy and water efficiency reach codes (codes that…
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