California’s energy sector—including use of electricity and natural gas—accounts for about half of the State’s near-term GHG emissions. In October 2015, the Governor signed SB 350, which requires the State to double building energy efficiency and increase renewable energy to 50 percent by 2030.
California Climate Investments provide funding for energy efficiency and clean energy generation, reduced energy and water use through installation of more efficient appliances, and agricultural equipment. Residential energy efficiency programs support SB 350 targets through investments that allow low-income homeowners in disadvantaged communities to improve their homes through weatherization and solar installation projects.
Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Programs
The program was administered in two Phases: Phase I provided $11.1 million for digester development grants to implement dairy digesters that reduce methane emissions from dairy manure in California and Phase II provided $225,000 for research and demonstration projects to study and facilitate changes in manure management practices at California dairies that will directly result in GHG emission reductions. Recipients of these funds were California dairy producers and dairy digester development and implementation businesses (Phase I) and California research universities and non-profit organizations (Phase II).
This new program will provide incentives to encourage California’s food producers to adopt advanced technologies. Eligible projects include upgrades to existing infrastructure, installation of advanced efficiency measures, and industrial process improvements that result in reductions in energy use and GHG emissions.
This new program will provide financial assistance for capital costs of on‑site renewable energy generation. Eligible projects may include wind energy and solar installations. Energy cost savings from project implementation will be re‑invested in disadvantaged communities to promote workforce development and community health.
SWEEP provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement crop irrigation systems that both reduce GHGs and save water on California agricultural operations. Project components that are eligible for funding include the use of sensors to improve irrigation scheduling, the use of micro-irrigation systems, pump improvements or retrofits, fuel conversion, use of low pressure irrigation systems, installation of variable frequency drives, and reduction of pumping.
This program will offer financial incentives for homeowners to replace old, inefficient, and highly polluting wood stoves with cleaner burning and more efficient home heating devices. California residents using uncertified wood stoves or inserts as their primary heat source will be eligible for incentives towards the purchase and installation of qualifying devices. The incentive amount will vary depending on the location of the residence and the household income, with some households qualifying for the full replacement cost.