Contractor Newsletter - March 2020

Working Hard for You and the Community

Despite the current situation, we are still operational and working remotely to assist you and your customers. For safety, the County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division storefront office will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 until further notice.

Please email GSenergy@sonoma-county.org or call us at (707) 565-6470, and we will have someone get back to you within the hour if you have questions about your financing application, want to become a participating contractor or green business, or want to know more about rebates for your projects.

Multiple Disbursements for Multiple Contractors

We’ve made a policy change that could help you to get paid more quickly when working on a SCEIP project with additional contractors! To this point, projects totaling under $40,000 were only eligible for a single disbursement to be paid when the project is complete and signed off by your local AHJ, no matter the scope of work being done… well no longer! We heard from a number of you on some ways that we could better serve you and we were able to implement one of the more requested changes.

Effective immediately, projects with multiple contractors are eligible for multiple disbursements, no matter the total cost! As an example, if you’re a Roofing contractor and you’ve got a customer using SCEIP, but that customer is also installing a Solar Electric System and financing it through SCEIP, if the cost of both projects totaled under $40,000 you would have had to wait for the Solar Electric Systems contractor to complete their work and have it signed off before the customer could claim disbursement for the work that you’ve completed. This lead to a lot of contractors waiting for a very long time to get paid based entirely on the work of another contractor and their timeline. With the changes we’ve implemented, any contractor can get paid for completing their own scope of work upon completion, sign off, and invoicing of the customer no matter what the other contractor(s) timeline is looking like!

Our aim is to continue to make this process easier and more streamlined for you, our customer. Please give us feedback on how we can continue to improve because we are listening!

Opportunities for Contractors

Announcement from our partners at Sonoma Clean Power and the Advanced Energy Center:

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is seeking qualified contractors to help SCP customers install advanced energy efficiency and decarbonization technologies as part of SCP’s new Advanced Energy Center.


Advanced Energy Center Participating Contractors will receive:

  1. Promotion to SCP customers for residential and commercial energy projects aligned with the Contractor’s specialty
  2. Access to streamlined incentives and on-bill financing to help your customers save on their energy retrofit projects
  3. Opportunity to be the program-selected contractor to install ten (10) Nighttime Ventilation projects
  4. Co-branding and promotion with SCP on the Advanced Energy Center’s grand opening, activities, and customer outreach
  5. Invitation to free trainings promoted by SCP and equipment manufacturers on installation best practices and other similar topics

SCP also has immediate need for contractors to install the following Demonstration Technology Projects:

  • Heat Pump Water Heaters: General (B) OR Plumbing (C-36) + Electrical (C-10) Contractors
  • Phase Change Materials: General (B) OR Insulation (C-2) Contractors
  • Nighttime Ventilation: General (B) or HVAC (C-20) Contractors

Contact SCP’s program-partner Frontier Energy today to learn more about the Advanced Energy Center and this special opportunity to help SCP customers make their homes and businesses more energy efficient and carbon-free.


Contact: Angel Garza; Senior Program Coordinator, Frontier Energy, 510-463-6137; agarza@frontierenergy.com

Contractor/Building Professionals Trainings

2019 CA Energy Code Trainings have tentatively been rescheduled as listed below. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to keep you informed. 

Check our Calendar of Events for updated training schedules!


Upcoming Free Trainings:

  • BayREN 2019 Residential Energy Code Workshop; April 17, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
  • CEC 2019 Residential Envelope and Quality Insulation Installation (QII) Workshop; May 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • BayREN 2019 Non-residential Energy Code Workshop; June 12, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Online Training Resources:

While many in-person trainings have been postponed, there are some excellent free online energy efficiency and energy code training resources available:

ESD Tool Lending Library News

Important Note (Updated March 17, 2020) - The County of Sonoma values the health and well-being of our team members and those who use our tool lending library. In consideration of the ongoing, evolving coronavirus awareness and precautions, we will not be accepting any new tool loan requests for the next few weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to keep you informed. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

ESD Tool Lending Library Team

New Additions to the TLL

The Energy and Sustainability Tool Lending Library (TLL) loans building energy efficiency measurement equipment for Free to contractors and energy professionals.

In addition to our existing inventory of The Energy Conservatory Blower doors and duct blasters, we have added a Retrotec Blower Door and two Retrotec Duct Blasters to the tool lending library for performing Building Leakage Testing and Duct Leakage Testing. Expanding the Tool Lending Library to include a broader representation of equipment from different manufacturers enhances contractor and energy rater workforce development and training opportunities.


ESD Newsletter - TLL Retrotec Duct Tester

Retrotec Duct Tester

Measures: Leakage rate (of duct systems) Description: The Duct Tester System is a calibrated air flow measurement system used to test and document the air tightness of forced air duct systems in both houses and light commercial buildings.


ESD Newsletter - TLL Retrotec Blower Door

Retrotec Blower Door

Description: Blower door testing is used to measure the air tightness level of the building envelope, diagnose building air leakage and certify construction integrity. 


For a detailed list and to become a borrower: Visit http://sonomacountyenergy.org/TLL, call (707) 565-6470, or email TLL@sonoma-county.org.

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
38.46242, -122.725426