PG&E and SoCalGas®are pleased to announce a combined Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade program with a streamlined incentive application process and a single rebate payment for shared customers. Participating contractors in the shared service territory can now submit applications for Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade to Build It Green for both the PG&E and SoCalGas rebates.
PG&E's Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade now includes additional measures and additional points for increased levels of insulation, higher efficiency HVAC equipment, wall heaters and windows. All jobs with a "test-out" date of July 1 or later are eligible for the new measures. You will be able to submit these applications to Build It Green's Home Upgrade Portal starting July 8.
Learn how to grow your residential contracting business during Build It Green's two-day sales training and boot camp with nationally renowned home performance expert Mike Rogers. He will be sharing his toolkit for success in the residential energy retrofit market and covering key strategies used by successful contracting companies at an in-person training.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is excited to offer a co-marketing opportunity for Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade participating contractors and raters. Earn up to $5,000 in matching co-marketing funds to apply to your Home Upgrade marketing outreach and drive sales today!
The Combustion Appliance Safety Test Acknowledgement (CASTA) Form has been redesigned. The document is now called the Safety and Quality Acknowledgement Form and it contains new fields for entering permit numbers and the permitting agency name.
The Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade Program is launching today, Monday June 3, 2013. The new Home Upgrade Program has been designed to replace the current Basic Upgrade Package and offer an easier and more attractive upgrade solution to customers.
To celebrate our success during the 2012 Energy Upgrade California™ Program cycle, we will once again be offering awards to those contractors and partners that have demonstrated a commitment to making the Program a success.
The PG&E Whole House Rebate Program will be launching a multifamily pilot program in 2013 for buildings with 5 or more units. This will be a 500 unit pilot, targeting the multifamily housing retrofit market. The lessons learned will be used to inform the full program roll-out in mid-2014.
As of January 1, 2013, the PG&E Whole House Rebate Program will be officially expanding the incentive level range to 10% and 45% modeled energy reduction for Advanced Path jobs. This means customers may now get up to $4,500 in incentives for their energy upgrade.
This is a free training, hosted by Build It Green and PG&E at the Energy Training Center in Stockton. The training teaches and/or reinforces contractors' and raters' ability to diagnose duct leakage more accurately for input to Energy Pro and for scope of work development on projects applying for rebates within the Energy Upgrade California™ Program.
Homeowner workshops are a great opportunity for connecting Participating Contractors and Raters with homeowners interested in home performance and Energy Upgrade California. Homeowner workshops dates and information will be posted on the Marketing page, as well on the calendar.
During the Regional Forums, some of you mentioned you would like to obtain more homeowner marketing resources and case studies. These resources are important to business owners who want to know the best strategies for success in the Program.
The PG&E Whole House Rebate Program introduced a formal pathway for 'Rater' participation on September 1st, 2012 that integrates raters with active HERS (II) Whole House and BPI Building Analyst certifications as independent assessors for test-in and test-out measurements and job submissions. This rater participation pathway remains open and unchanged under the updated Home Upgrade incentive pathways.
PG&E is establishing a volunteer based Technical Advisory Committee composed of participating contractors, independent raters and industry representatives. This group will review, provide feedback and offer suggestions for continuous improvement of existing processes or review items prior to launch. Initial areas of focus will include PG&E's Safety Procedures, Installations Specifications, QA/QC Protocols and training.
The Advanced Package Technical Training is required for all Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified professionals who wish to submit combustion appliance safety test results to Pacific Gas and Electric's Energy Upgrade California program. The course focuses on supplementary combustion appliance safety protocols that augment those specified by BPI.
PG&E Whole House Rebate Program Participating Contactors are being automatically approved at no cost to install eligible measures for the Sun West PowerSaver Loan Program. This national loan program backed by FHA offers an unlimited funding source that is not dependent on utility or government program sponsor funds.
We had a great turn-out for the first annual Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Energy Upgrade California™ Contractor Exchange in San Ramon, CA on April 3rd. With almost 200 people in attendance, the Exchange provided an opportunity for participants to share information, engage in meaningful dialogues with the PG&E team and program administrators as well as with each other, and to hear more about the future direction of the Energy Upgrade California program.
Build It Green's current policy is that Participating Contractors and their subcontractors should wait for a Notice to Proceed to be issued before commencing work on a job for the PG&E Whole House Rebate Program, a part of Energy Upgrade California. Build It Green has revised this policy slightly in order to better enable Participating Contractors to address emergency replacements and succeed in the Program.
As required for compliance with CA SB-183 (also known as the "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act"), as of July 1, 2011, all Program Single-Family Dwelling projects, regardless of necessity for building permit, must include permanent installation of at least one CO alarm/detector meeting UL-2034 (for alarms) or UL-2075 (for detectors), installed according to manufacturer's instructions in all dwelling units intended for human occupancy. Existing alarms/detectors less than five years old and meeting Program requirements are allowed.
Advanced Energy Products is offering a 10% bulk purchasing discount for Energy Upgrade California contractors on equipment and supplies. For more information, please visit the Advanced Energy Products website or call (530)753-1100.
You may register for a variety of Energy Efficiency Classes sponsored by PG&E here. Make sure to check out the HVAC, TITLE 24 and Home Energy Upgrades tracks! Please note that registration for most classes opens 60 days before the date of the class. Click on the class name for class details, including the first day of registration for that class.
As part of our continuous focus on program quality and customer safety, PG&E has worked with industry leaders to enhance the current safety policies to include best practices from multiple programs and certifications.
Do you know the Green Energy Compass Status codes? If not, you might want to look at our status code definitions. Even if you do know the codes by heart, the key thing to know is whether the job is on your plate or ours. We are seeing some cases where contractors think that the ball is in our court, when in fact it is in theirs. And, of course, if the ball is in our court and you have waited on a job in one of status codes for awhile, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 590-3360 Ext. 606.
Those of you who have been following the roll-out of the full-scale PG&E Whole House Rebate Program are aware that the current system of submitting jobs through the Contractor Portal (www.builditgreenutility.org/jobs/contractor_list) was intended as an interim solution while we beta tested Green Energy Compass. The good news is that we have tested the system internally and we have brought on a small group of beta users and their transition has been smooth.
Thank you for your continued participation in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Whole House Rebate Program, a part of Energy Upgrade California. The following guidelines address several commonly found mistakes in the job submittal process. Please make note of this advice to help ensure that your job submissions are processed successfully.
Thank you for your continued participation in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Whole House Rebate Program, a part of Energy Upgrade California. As mentioned previously, there are some changes coming as part of the transition in program administration from California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA) to Build It Green. Hopefully, you were able to attend the May 25thand June 8thwebinars, which outlined pending changes in the contractor enrollment process and the job submittal process.
Build It Green implements Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade in the Pacific Gas & Electric Company service territory.