Santa Rosa, CA – January 7, 2020 – The Sonoma
County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) is now financing wildfire safety and
seismic strengthening for both residential and commercial buildings.
Over the last
ten years, the program has funded thousands of projects resulting in greenhouse
gas emission reductions and job creation countywide. This expansion adds
a resiliency component for property owners to fortify their buildings against
disasters, ultimately saving more emissions and further working towards climate
evolution of the Program originally implemented to meet climate change goals
just made sense,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Susan Gorin. “As
climate-related disasters come more frequently along with increased planned
power shutoff occurrences, the ability to easily access funding is critical in
our resilience as a County. Making our buildings safe and resilient can help
protect lives and build sustainable communities to withstand disasters.”
the Program allowed property owners to finance energy efficiency and water
conservation-related improvements through the property tax system as an
assessment. The expansion adds dozens of improvements for existing buildings.
County Energy Independence Program now offers commercial and residential
property owners a financing option to increase the safety, resiliency and value
of their largest investment and, in doing so, our entire community will
benefit,” said the County’s Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and
Program Administrator, Erick Roeser.
information about the program and how it can be used to finance the purchase
and installation of solar panels, battery back-up technology, and earthquake
safety features, call (707) 565-6470 or email GSenergy@sonoma-county.org.
the Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division: The Energy and
Sustainability Division promotes and delivers solutions necessary to mitigate
environmental impacts and prepare for climate change.