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Lead Locally Pilot Business

Commercial Participation Request

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lead Locally pilot site. We are seeking commercial pilot sites that meet the following criteria:

  • Active Sonoma Clean Power customers
  • Facility is occupied/operated year-round by the owner or long-term tenant
  • Occupants plan to stay in the building for the next 2 years
  • Most measures: Willing and able to pay for installation costs (equipment is provided at no cost to the customer)
  • Daylighting only: Equipment and installation are provided at no cost for spaces up to 5000 ft2

An overview of technology-specific eligibility criteria are described below. Additional criteria may apply.

Sites that meet initial criteria will be contacted by the Lead Locally team to discuss additional eligibility requirements, the potential upgrades you may receive, and next steps. You will have an opportunity to discuss the project with the team before you decide to participate. To participate, you must be willing to allow energy usage monitoring and to complete quarterly surveys on your satisfaction with the upgrades for 12 to 18 months, and assist with similar surveys for workers/occupants.

Funds are limited, and sites will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis after eligibility criteria are met.

  • Lighting: Daylighting
    • Eligible buildings: Work spaces such as offices or classrooms, less than 5,000 square feet to be retrofit (building may be larger)
    • Quantity available: 10 businesses
    • With new daylighting options, bring more daylight indoors. Tubular Daylighting Technologies (for example, Solatube) and new, Building-Core Sunlighting Systems (for example, Parans) use sun collectors and fiberoptic cables to bring sunlight to spaces away from windows and skylights. Plus, through automated photo-sensor controls, adding daylighting can also help reduce your electric bill. New control strategies and technologies sense indoor daylight changes and can automatically operate electric lighting and window shades to keep your space cool, comfortable and well-lit.
    • Cost to customer:
    • Equipment cost: No cost to customer
    • Permit fees: No cost to customer
    • Installation cost: No cost to customer
  • Insulation: Phase Change Materials
    • Eligible buildings: Foodservice, manufacturing, retail, small offices, other small commercial spaces (typically less than 2,000 square feet)
    • Quantity available: 10 businesses
    • Late afternoon heat can make employees unhappy and unproductive in buildings where temperature isn’t tightly controlled. It also causes expensive peak demand charges to meet the cooling needs of the building. Phase change materials (PCMs) installed in dropped ceilings help stabilize the temperatures in commercial spaces. They work alongside existing insulation to reduce the need for cooling by absorbing heat during the afternoon, then releasing it at night when cooling may no longer be needed.
    • Cost to customer:
      • Equipment cost: No cost to customer
      • Permit fees: No cost to customer
      • Installation cost: Customer pays costs
  • Foodservice: Induction Cooking
    • Eligible buildings: Commercial foodservice
    • Quantity available: 2 businesses
    • Increase your cooking speed, staff safety, and kitchen cleanliness while cutting down on energy costs. Unlike electric ranges of the past, induction produces heat directly into the pan, leading to precision, control, and response that equals gas ranges.
    • Cost to customer:
      • Equipment cost: No cost to customer
      • Permit fees: No cost to customer
      • Installation cost: Customer pays costs
  • Foodservice: Exhaust Heat Recovery for Commercial Dishwashers
    • Eligible buildings: Commercial foodservice
    • Quantity available: 3 businesses
    • Keep your kitchen cooler and make the most of your dishmachine’s excess heat while reducing your energy bill. Exhaust heat recovery dishmachines use the steam generated in the washing process to safely preheat fresh water. This results in a significant reduction in energy usage at your water heater because in contrast to typical dishmachines, exhaust heat recovery machines are only fed with cold water. By replacing your dishmachine with an exhaust heat recovery machine, you also reduce the amount of steam released to the dish room and can dramatically improve the working environment for your staff.
    • Cost to customer:
      • Equipment cost: No cost to customer
      • Permit fees: No cost to customer
      • Installation cost: Customer pays any costs