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IMPORTANT NOTICE

The deadline for this program is quickly approaching. To qualify for the incentives, make sure to submit a complete application by June 30, 2020.

Providing you with $17,500 to rebuild an efficient, sustainable home.

The Advanced Energy Rebuild (AER) program was created by Sonoma Clean Power, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Bay Area Air Quality Management District to help homeowners affected by the October 2017 firestorms rebuild energy efficient, sustainable homes. The program closed December 31, 2019 and will not be extended in 2020. Although the program is closed, homeowners can still apply for the program if they have a permit that was approved under the 2016 Title 24 requirements. Homeowners who have applied for a building permit prior to December 31, 2019 will be able to participate in Advanced Energy Rebuild at existing incentive rates and should apply through SCP’s website. In order to qualify, make sure to submit a complete program application by June 30, 2020. To get started, scroll down for the steps to participate.

For homeowners who applied for a building permit on or after January 1, 2020, PG&E will be continuing the AER program in 2020 at lower incentive rates for mixed-fuel homes. For additional details, visit PG&E’s California Advance Homes website. Although SCP is not the primary funding source or leading the 2020 program, we will still be able to support applications and coordination, as needed.

If you have any questions about the program, please e-mail programs@sonomacleanpower.org.

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Steps to Participate

Step 1: Come talk with us

We understand rebuilding your home can be complex. E-mail us at programs@sonomacleanpower.org or call us at (707) 890-8496 to set up a time to review the design of your new home and see how you can qualify for your incentive.

Step 2: Find a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA)

Your Certified Energy Analyst will walk you through potential energy measures you can install in your new home and process the energy documentation for your permit. They will be your go-to resource for all things energy-related. To find a CEA, click here.

Step 3: Get Your Permit

Your CEA will create the energy model and Title 24 documentation for your home that is required for your permit. Be sure that all features of your incentive pathway are reflected in the energy model. If you need assistance with reviewing your documentation, we’d be happy to take a look.

Step 4: Submit Program Application

Submit your online program application here. In addition to this form, you will need to upload and submit the following items:

  • Title 24 CF1-R documentation authored and signed by a 2016 Title 24 code CEA.
  • Energy model file (.bld or .ribd) completed by a 2016 Title 24 code CEA.
  • Complete set of construction plans, including architectural, mechanical, and electrical pages.
  • Letter, account statement, service application, or any documentation issued by PG&E verifying the project address is or will be receiving gas and/or electric service from Sonoma Clean Power or PG&E.
  • A completed IRS W-9 form. This should be filled out by the person receiving rebate.
  • As requested by program staff, specifications related to the windows or heating, cooling, water heating systems.

Please be aware that according to submittal requirements, projects will not be accepted after drywall has been installed or HERS testing has begun unless the eligibility date has been reserved.

Step 5: Receive 50% of Total Incentive

The program implementer, TRC, will review all documentation and respond within six weeks. Once approved, you will receive an acceptance letter, an incentive request form, and a check within 12 weeks.

Please be aware that according to submittal requirements, projects will not be accepted after drywall has been installed or HERS testing has begun unless the eligibility date has been reserved.

This seems like a lot, but most of this information will be included in your building permit application.

Step 6: Find a HERS Rater and “Share” Project

Every project built in California requires a HERS Rater to verify the energy features of your new home. To find a list of HERS Raters, click here (CalCERTS) or here (CHEERS). Your contractor will upload a CF-2R and 3-R form to the HERS registry verifying that they installed the proper energy efficient equipment. Your HERS rater will then complete an on-site inspection and/or testing and upload a CF-3R form to confirm that you are getting the efficient equipment that you paid for. Both the CF2-R and 3-R forms will need to be shared with and reviewed by TRC before the final incentive can be issued.

Steps for “Sharing” a Project:

For CalCERTS:

  • Please share the project with “TRC Energy Services” in the registry.
  • If we do not appear in your list of Energy Consultants, you may need to add us.
  • If you or your rater need registry sharing instructions, please contact us immediately at rnc@trcsolutions.com and we will provide detailed instructions.

For CHEERS:

  • Please add “TRC Solutions” to the project member team.
  • If the project is a custom home, let us know who is listed as the “builder”.

Step 7: Request Final Incentive

After HERS rating is complete, complete, sign, and date the incentive request form that was provided during the initial project review. If you need another copy of the incentive request form, please email CAHP@trcsolutions.com. Note: the form cannot be signed by the Energy Consultant or HERS Rater due to conflict of interest.

Please note, if you are requesting the $5,000 Renewable Energy bonus, you must do so prior to requesting your final incentive. Projects that have received the final payment will not be eligible for the Renewable Energy incentive.

Additionally, you will need to fill out a Program Completion survey, located here. This should be filled out by the person receiving the rebate.

“SCP” refers to Sonoma Clean Power Authority, a public electricity provider operating as a community choice aggregator. ©2018 Sonoma Clean Power Authority. All rights reserved. “PG&E” refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. ©2018 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. All rights reserved. These offerings are funded by California utility customers, with portions administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, and portions administered by SCP.

Program Requirements

Incentives are only available to homes, condominiums, apartments, and accessory dwelling units that were destroyed by the October 2017 wildfires and have service provided by Sonoma Clean Power and/or PG&E.

You must submit an application package prior to any HERS testing beginning or drywall installation. All participating units must be new construction dwellings and modeled accordingly.

Applicant agrees to not accept duplicate funding from multiple utility-sponsored energy-efficiency programs for the same measures. Measures that save multiple fuel types can accept funding for EACH fuel type from ONE utility.

For verification purposes, all projects must contract with a certified HERS rater, even if HERS measures are not required. The HERS rater will be required to enter project verifications into the HERS registry for the program. This includes verifications of non-HERS measures as applied in the project’s specified registry. The HERS rater is responsible for field verifying all measures used for program compliance.

Incentive payments are available only to owners named on the Application.

Funds are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis to projects that meet the program requirements. No payments will be made for any changes made to the unit that may affect compliance without prior written approval from your program representative.

Contact Sonoma Clean Power at programs@sonomacleanpower.org or (707) 890-8500 for additional program details and funding availability prior to submitting applications.