Contractor Newsletter - November 2020

SCEIP Financing News: Financing for Wildfire Safety and Seismic Strengthening approved by the Santa Rosa City Council

Since the inclusion of Wildfire Safety and Seismic Strengthening into the list of eligible improvements earlier this year, we have been building up some pent-up demand for financing in the City of Santa Rosa. That has finally changed! On November 10, 2020, the Santa Rosa City Council voted to allow SCEIP financing for construction hardening. Effective immediately, residents within the city limits of Santa Rosa are able to finance measures related to wildfire safety and seismic strengthening such as class A roofing, non-combustible covered gutters, earthquake brace and bolt, and much more. The added improvements bring the list of pre-approved eligible improvements to over 100! As a reminder, we also have a custom improvement track for measures that aren’t on the list. Custom improvements require additional review for their specifications and can qualify as energy, water, wildfire safety, or seismic strengthening. For more information contact our office at (707) 565-6470 or email to SCEIP@sonoma-county.org.

Free Marketing Materials Available for our Participating Contractors

Did you know that as a participating contractor you have access to free marketing materials? We want to help your customers fund their projects so you can get paid and keep up with the demand for your work. Please reach out to us if you are low on SCEIP marketing materials in your office for your potential customers. We can mail you fresh new marketing materials so if you have customers looking for financing options, you can provide them with trusted resources to process their financing request. We also have electronic versions available. You can request additional marketing materials by contacting your contractor manager, or emailing our office directly at SCEIP@sonoma-county.org. Want to learn more about being a participating contractor with SCEIP? Contact (707) 565-6470 today.

Resources for Contractors: Contractor Opportunities at the SCP Advanced Energy Center – Get Listed on New Website!

Attention contractors serving Sonoma Clean Power customers! SCP is launching the brand-new Advanced Energy Center website this month. Become a participating contractor to show your customers how you lead locally! 

Through the Advanced Energy Center website, you can provide SCP residential and commercial customers with significant discounts for advanced electric appliances and energy efficiency equipment. You can use the website to submit bids to potential clients, secure bids and claims to SCP discount vouchers, communicate with customers and SCP staff, and submit project close out documents. You can also use the website to manage your profile, co-brand your services with SCP, and expand service offerings as more products become available in the Advanced Energy Center. 

Once the Advanced Energy Center opens in early 2021, contractors can use the storefront in downtown Santa Rosa to meet with customers, test equipment, and plan projects. But don’t wait for the official opening – contractors signing up now will be the first listed on the Advanced Energy Center website when it launches in late November. 

Ready to grow your business? 

Begin by attending a 30-minute webinar to learn about the Advanced Energy Center on Monday, December 7, at 12pm.

Become an Exclusive On-Bill Financing Contractor by attending a 1-hour webinar on Tuesday, December 8, 7:30-8:30am or Wednesday, December 9, 12-1pm.

Become certified to install grid-interactive heat pump water heaters by attending a 1-hour webinar on Thursday, December 10, 7:30am-8:30am or Friday, December 11, 12-1pm.

For additional details or questions, please contact Angel Garza at (707)324-3223 or email AdvancedEnergyCenter@SonomaCleanPower.org.

Resources for Contractors: Be Eligible for Bigger Jobs by Offering On-Bill Financing

Attention contractors serving residential Sonoma Clean Power customers! Contractors participating in SCP’s Advanced Energy Center can get exclusive access to offer SCP’s On-Bill Financing. Gain a competitive edge as the only contractors that can install eligible equipment and technologies for your residential clients with no money down and zero percent financing. Customers instead pay a monthly on-bill charge on their electricity bill. Contractors are paid upon SCP project approval. Maximize your time and profit by submitting bids and completing jobs for pre-approved residential customers receiving a 10-year 0% interest loan up to $10,000.

Growing your business is simple: watch an on-demand training, sign a Memorandum of Understanding, and find what equipment you are eligible to install.

Begin by attending a 30-minute Advanced Energy Center Overview – Monday, January 11, 12-12:30pm.

Become certified to install grid-interactive heat pump water heaters by attending a 1-hour webinar on- Tuesday, January 12, 7:30-8:30am or Wednesday, January 13, 12-1pm.

Become an Exclusive On-Bill Financing Contractor by attending a 1-hour webinar on Thursday, January 14, 7:30-8:30am or Friday, January 15, 12pm.

For additional details or questions, please contact Angel Garza at (707)324-3223 or email AdvancedEnergyCenter@SonomaCleanPower.org.

Resources for Contractors: Are Your Clients Missing Out on Rebates?

Looking to grow your business and offer rebates for work that you may already be doing? We are pleased to inform you that licensed contractors in Sonoma County (including all incorporated cities and towns) are eligible to participate in the Bay Area Regional Energy Network residential energy efficiency rebate programs. These programs are administered by a local government collaboration and are funded by the California Public Utilities Commission using Public Purpose funds.

These programs include

Upcoming No Cost Contractor Trainings for November/December 2020

BayREN and Energy Code Ace - HERS-Verified Quality Insulation Installation (QII)

Adobe Connect Webinar

Date:  Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Time:  9:30 am - 10:30 am

Description:  This hour-long course focuses on prescriptive quality insulation installation (QII) requirements in the 2019 Energy Code for new low-rise Residential buildings of any size and additions greater than 700 ft². To avoid costly problems at the end of a project, QII needs to be considered throughout the process starting with the design drawings.  This training provides an overview of QII requirements, discusses how to keep a project on track to meet the requirements, and provides additional reference resources.

Training developed and offered in partnership with Energy Code Ace.   

Target Audience:  Building Department Staff, Contractors, and Building Professionals

Webinar Registration - Adobe Connect

BayREN Forum - Linking Energy, Equity and Public Health

Via Zoom

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

This half-day BayREN forum will explore the connections between climate change, energy efficiency, equity, and public health. Attendees will also hear about local examples of how health professionals, nonprofits, and local government staff are working together on these issues. This forum will include the opportunity for networking through breakout sessions and is free and open to all.

Reserve your spot here

Sonoma Clean Power - Advanced Energy Center

Attention contractors serving Sonoma Clean Power customers! SCP is launching the brand-new Advanced Energy Center website this month. Become a participating contractor and get listed on the new Advanced Energy Center website. Through the Advanced Energy Center website, you can provide SCP residential and commercial customers with significant discounts for advanced electric appliances and energy efficiency equipment. Become a qualified Advanced Energy Center Lead Locally contractor by attending the following webinars.

Advanced Energy Center Contractor Orientation

Webinar

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020

Time: 12:00– 12:30 pm 

Begin by attending a 30-minute webinar to learn about the Advanced Energy Center.

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yM-PzXSZTkaKuyWd3PaCLQ

Sonoma Clean Power - Advanced Energy Center On-Bill Financing Contractor Training

Webinar

Become an Exclusive On-Bill Financing Contractor by attending a 1-hour webinar

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Time: 7:30– 8:30 am

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g6pK0mXuQZynwJzqEWzzbA

Or

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_brTLmuUTRomeA8X2m-e6cg

Sonoma Clean Power - Advanced Energy Center Heat Pump Water Heater Contractor Training

Webinar

Become certified to install grid-interactive heat pump water heaters by attending a 1-hour webinar.

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2020

Time: 7:30– 8:30 am

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qh6f6_6CTq-sledfbr4W6A

Or

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2020

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qIuLlWRnQlq7yiiSGQuKdw

PG&E - Balanced Ventilation for Better Health, Comfort and Energy Efficiency

Location: Webinar 

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Description: Air-tight, well-insulated homes need balanced ventilation to provide healthy, comfortable interiors to occupants while achieving excellent energy performance. The instructor will provide information on how different approaches to ventilation affect building pressures, discuss equipment selection criteria and control strategies, ducting, and commissioning, among other topics. This is an intermediate to advanced class intended for designers, builders, and developers of zero net energy new homes, as well as home performance and mechanical contractors working to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality of existing homes. Residential energy consultants, utility personnel, and building officials will also find it of interest. 

Register to attend online

PG&E - Air Sealing and Insulating Existing Homes

Location: Webinar 

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2020

Time: 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Description: The first, most important and cost-effective aspect of improving home comfort and energy performance is by optimizing the building enclosure. This classroom session explains best practices for air sealing and insulating attics primarily, but also floors and walls in existing single family homes. Topics include diagnostic equipment; appropriate tools, materials, and methods; site constraints and potential hazards; and evaluating costs and benefits of insulation options. 

Register: 

Register to attend online

PG&E - New Heat Pump Series

Selling Heat Pumps for HVAC Retrofits: System Efficiencies, Costs, and Why They’re Ideal for California

Webinar

Date: Tue December 8, 2020 

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Description: Learn cost-effective solutions to retrofit your next HVAC project as we compare electric heat pumps to conventional dual fuel systems through cost, sizing, and replacement considerations. This class offers strategies for your customer-facing staff to overcome client concerns in need of HVAC replacement so your team can make the next heat pump sale.

Register to attend online

PG&E - Implementing Heat Pumps Water Heaters in Replacement Scenarios: Why They Make Sense

Webinar

Date: Thu December 10, 2020 

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Gain crucial insights in retrofitting your next project with a heat pump water heater. This class explores the cost comparisons, system efficiencies, and installation considerations when replacing gas water heaters with electric heat pump water heaters.

Register to attend online

PG&E - Overcoming Installation Challenges for Heat Pump Water Heater Retrofits

Date: Thu December 17, 2020 

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Retrofitting for heat pump water heaters can pose many challenges and we have solutions for your team. From system location and sizing to meet hot water demand, we’ll cover how demand-flexible heat pump water heaters and PG&E residential rate plans are leveraged to increase cost-effectiveness of fuel-switching to electric heat pump technology.

Register to attend online

PG&E - Heat Pump Technologies for Space Conditioning and Water Heating

On-Demand

New to heat pumps? This training will bring you up to speed. Learn at your own pace as instructor Steve Easley covers electric heat pumps for both space and water heating. This introductory course provides an overview of heat pump technologies and operation, efficiency and metrics, as well as optimal installation factors.

Register for this on demand class

Not a Participating Contractor…

In addition to great content, participating contractors have access to training, marketing materials and website listing at no-cost. To learn how you can take advantage of these benefits contact our office at (707) 565-6470 or download the Contractor Standards and Guidelines.

Contact Information

Jane Elias

Division Manager

Energy and Sustainability Division

General Services Department

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
La Plaza A
2300 County Center Drive
Suite A105
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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