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).
Installation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in single and multifamily low‐income housing units within disadvantaged communities.
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
Provides funds to implement residential, commercial, or institutional water efficiency programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and reduce water and energy use.
This new program will replace existing, uncertified residential wood burning devices used to heat homes with cleaner burning, more efficient heating devices. ARB will administer the $5 million appropriation for the Woodsmoke Reduction Program through the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and local air pollution control districts or air quality management districts.