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Lead Locally

A better energy future for everyone

Leading the way in energy efficiency.

Innovation starts here.

Sonoma Clean Power is partnering with the California Energy Commission to create the Lead Locally program. Lead Locally aims to develop strategies to double the energy efficiency of our community’s existing buildings. At this stage, we’re collecting customer feedback on high-efficiency technologies before launching future rebate programs.

Don’t miss out on the best discount: no cost!

For a limited time, Sonoma Clean Power is offering proven energy-saving equipment at NO COST – you only pay for installation costs. Through this research program, customers can receive the equipment at no cost, and in return they provide valuable feedback to help shape future Sonoma Clean Power programs.

A better energy future for everyone.

Data collected from the study will be used to provide insight into best practices for manufacturers and installers, educate our community about how energy upgrades can reduce utility bills, and help guide future Sonoma Clean Power programs. By participating, you’re building a better future for our community.

Become a Lead Locally pilot site

Right now, the Lead Locally team is seeking pilot sites for the following technologies:

Commercial

  • Lighting (3 businesses): Daylighting. Bring more daylight indoors and improve your working environment while reducing your energy bills.
  • Insulation (10 businesses): Phase Change Materials. Next generation insulation is installed underneath your existing drop ceiling to make your building feel cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter.
  • Foodservice (2 businesses): Induction Cooking. Increase your cooking speed, staff safety, and kitchen cleanliness while cutting down on energy costs.
  • Foodservice (3 businesses): Exhaust Heat Recovery for Commercial Dishmachines. Keep your dish room cooler and reduce your energy bill by re-using exhaust heat from your dishmachine.

Residential

  • Cooling & Ventilation (10 homes): Night-time Ventilation. With nighttime ventilation you can bring in cool nighttime breezes in the evening and ride through the next day in comfort - without air conditioning.
  • Air Sealing (10 homes): Aerosol Envelope Sealing. Perfect for rental units that are between tenants, this innovative method seeks out and seals hard-to-find air drafts.
  • Water Heating (10 homes): Grid-Integrated Heat Pump Water Heaters. These high-efficiency water heaters help you save money by operating in higher efficiency modes at lower cost times of day.
  • Induction Cooking (5 homes): Induction Cooktops. Unlike electric stoves of the past, modern induction cooktops provide precise control that rivals gas stoves – while being safer and easier to clean.

Eligibility criteria

The team plans to use representative homes and businesses among active SCP customers as pilot sites. However, each technology has different eligibility criteria and a limited number of sites available. For more information on the specific eligibility criteria, please review the details on each Participation Request.

Submit a Participation Request

If you meet initial eligibility criteria, we will contact you to discuss the study, the technologies, and participation requirements. There is no obligation to participate at this stage, and you will have an opportunity to discuss the project with the Sonoma Clean Power contractor before you move forward.

To participate in technology upgrades, you must be willing to allow energy usage monitoring if required, complete quarterly surveys on your satisfaction with the upgrades for 12 to 18 months. You must also agree to other program terms and requirements. The requirements are laid out in the Participation Agreement, which you will be asked to review and sign, although Participation Agreements may vary by technology.

If you are not selected or do not meet the criteria for the technologies being evaluated at this time, we may contact you in the future if new testing opportunities become available.

For questions regarding the listed technologies or the Lead Locally program, please email: programs@sonomacleanpower.org

Eligible participants must be a Sonoma Clean Power customer and each site located within the Sonoma Clean Power territory. Funds are limited, incentives may vary, and sites will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis after eligibility criteria are met. Other restrictions may apply.